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First time author for me, debut novel for the author, she also being a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop.
Sometimes when you think of World War II stories, you think to yourself, enough already, it has all been told. But, then you think that WWII is like a Rubik's Cube, you turn and twist it a bit and you have a new and different look at it. The war was so encompassing there will likely always be a new angle to it.
This story is a bit different in that it's mainly set in Hungary. You learn that prior to WWII people from eastern Europe flocked to Paris, just like many Americans and other Europeans, to study and enjoy the Paris lifestyle, just live. But then the war gets in the way and many returned to their home countries and suffered through the war there. Being Jewish wasn't safe in any country. The Jews of Hungary had it better than many of their brethren across the rest of Europe but the war caught up to them, too.
This story is of one Hungarian Jew, Andras, and his family and how they fared. It's a good one and really well written. Enjoy!
This book contains a story that represents the experiences of my family during WWII and thereafter. While readers might believe it is fiction, to their dismay it is not. Incredibly written and read.
The prior reviews about the long droning narrator are correct. The story and writing this amazing epic novel is worth the hours of listening. A story centered in Hungry during WWII is less popular than than many of this genre. A spectacular novel of historical fiction, including love, action, crime, family dynamics, all during European unrest. I recommend this to a WWII fiction lover. A must. Yes narrator could be better, not the worst by far. Click purchase🙂
Most stories involving WWII in Europe contain dark themes and difficult to hear details. But This one is told with an incredibly interesting storyline of a young Hungarian Jew who begins as a student in Paris. Important historical fiction for us to hear again today and stay aware of to avoid past mistakes.
I cannot understand why this reader didn't pronounce so many words correctly. I would think that when preparing to do a story with so many unfamiliar words that you would do your homework. Really spoiled sections of this story for me.
I loved the descriptive language of this book. The streets of Paris and Budapest came alive. I loved the strong relationships of the family members which is so characteristic of European culture with multiple generations involved intimately with one another. The reader of this book was excellent ! Lots of expression in his voice - perfect emphasis and pronunciation- a real talent for speaking !
I think for anyone it is really hard to understand or imagine what it must've been like to try and live through World War II, especially as a European Jew. I thought the breadth of her story gave a very good perspective and told a story that we need to repeatedly hear. It is impossible for me to wrap my mind around what happened during World War II. I feel the same after finishing this book, but it reminds me to always remember that those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it's mistakes.
The author took time to build the story, to let us appreciate each central character, and then to unfold a brutal history of war time without ever losing the sense of telling a human story that had human compassion even in desolate dark times.
Arthur Morey told the story beautifully.