5.0 out of 5 stars You May Recognize Yourself By Jim Nantell I had such great time reading this book. Having lived through the campus unrest of the late 60s it caused me to reflect back to my time at the University of Wisconsin, which like Berkley, was embroiled in the Vietnam War protests. The character development was exceptional, as was the way the author wove together the political unrest of UC Berkeley, Paris and behind the iron curtain. It was personally unsettling to recognize myself in Aaron and to find myself admiring Janet who back in the day I would have seen as a campus radical. For anyone who lived through the late 60s (or had parents who did) and wrestled with the anti war and military draft issues it is a must read book. In addition to being very entertaining, it continually present thoroughly researched historical facts that allows the reader to place the US anti war and free sex experience of the late 60s in the much broader context of the events taking place in both western and eastern Europe. The reader should be prepared for a number of surprises not the least of which is a great ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars Got Pleasantly Lost in the Book, January 21, 2013 By Laurel MacLeod (Nova Scotia, Canada) I enjoyed the hell out of this book, I have to say. My mom was part of the "hippie" generation, and was an avid reader herself, so when I was old enough, I worked my way through her entire library (we actually had one in our house), including much material that pertained to the period. Sometimes I feel more connected to that time than my own, and reading this book brought me back again, if only to my own childhood when I was reading and discovering the revolutionary 60s for the first time, and becoming enamored of the FEELING of the era. I don't know any other way to describe it. What I can say is how easy it was to get involved in the book, wrapped up in it, to live the story in my own mind. I suppose that just means that the author succeeded in what she set out to do with the book, at least in my mind. I enjoyed seeing the story from France, as opposed to the usual Berkeley/Haight-Ashbury type settings. It really brought home to me the world-wide-spread nature of the social and attitude changes of the time. I'm sure the authenticity of the writing in that sense can be attributed directly to the author's own time in Paris.
5.0 out of 5 stars a different ride through the 60's, February 4, 2014 - By Maurine Killough
Although this is fiction, Elise Frances Miller writes a realistic and passionate ride through the Berkeley protests to the violent protests in France. I learned so much about that time in this book, because it is written from a unique perspective, very realistic compared to how we romanticize the 60's persona. I enjoyed living in France through Janet Magill and was intrigued by her growth, the dangerous adventures and the discoveries of a young woman coming of age. I will miss Janet and Aaron!
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Look for the paperback in late August.
If you wondered what happened after Paris, here's the answer, plus three other stories of the 60s.
THE BERKELEY GIRL
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Elise Frances Miller
The Berkeley Girl
By Elise Frances Miller