Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort

Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.3 stars; 14 reviews)

American novelist Edith Wharton was living in Paris when World War I broke out in 1914. She obtained permission to visit sites behind the lines, including hospitals, ravaged villages, and trenches. Fighting France records her travels along the front in 1914 and 1915, and celebrates the indomitable spirit of the French people. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

(3 hr 20 min)


1 - Chapter 1 - The Look of Paris 34:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
2 - Chapter 2 - In Argonne 40:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
3 - Chapter 3 - In Lorraine and the Vosges 39:09 Read by Elizabeth Klett
4 - Chapter 4 - In the North 36:40 Read by Elizabeth Klett
5 - Chapter 5 - In Alsace 30:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
6 - Chapter 6 - The Tone of France 18:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett


Over There

(4 stars)

has been criticized as war propaganda, meant to incite the passions of Americans to become involved in the war. There is some truth to it, Wharton and the French were interested in this goal. In fact she was named Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1916 for her efforts on behalf of the Allies. However it is also a sensitive and artistically rendered accounting of the destruction, a snapshot of life in the trenches and hospitals. [STB | 062010 | 332]

(4.5 stars)

Very well read by Elizabeth Klett &. I found it interesting as my Grandpa served in France in the US Army in WWI! I never got to hear his take on it as he passed away when I was 6 yrs old. I am just very interested in all I can find on the war & especially in France for that reason!

Beautifully written

(4 stars)

Elizabeth Klett does an excellent job reading this solo Librivox project. The pace is quick, but the articulation is clear.

(4.5 stars)

An enjoyable description of the 'French' way of approaching the privations of war. Well written and narrated!

(3.5 stars)

Klett reads well. Wharton's story not one of her best.