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La neige en deuil, Troyat

La neige en deuil

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Set in the Alps in the mid 50's in a small hamlet at the foot of the mountains this novel is a wonderful study of the rapport between two brothers-one a hardworking ex-mountain guide who is now mentally disabled following an accident and his younger brother who is a lazy chancer.

The younger brother is anxious to sell up and abandon the rugged mountain farming life something which his brother is dead against. The book demonstrates the rising poverty in the countryside at the height of the rural exodus when peasants deserted their farms for the cities in droves.

Everything changes when an aeroplane en route from India to London crashes high up on the mountain top and an expedition is sent up to bring down the mail. We witness an epic struggle between man and mountain and man and man as the tension ramps up.

There is plenty to discuss in terms of plot, character and background in this novel which is still very popular in France. Although not currently on any set text it would beautifully complement a regional study of the Alps.


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  • Full page by page vocabulary list (can be used on phone, tablet)
  • Detailed summary of text with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each chapter/scene
  • PowerPoint with visuals and sentence starters (not all texts)
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives

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  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech

  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay

French literature, essays, summary

Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.

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