This novel is based on actual events. The Holocaust provides the background to this story and it shows how so many millions of people were affected and those effects still condition our society today. I am sure that this story was repeated time and again as victims of the Nazis tried to reconnect to family members who were lost in chaos upon chaos at the end of the war and the following years. One thing that this novel has in it is art and how it was used as a weapon against the Nazis. If you are an artist or appreciate art and art history, this book provides an alternate path of interest for you other than the plot. I enjoyed this book as it reveals how our shared humanity forms a true bond with every person on the planet. There are two main characters who tell the story and the publisher wisely chose to use a male narrator for the man and a female narrator for the woman. This really aids in clarity to an audible book. If you're interested in the Holocaust and another "branch" of it, then this is a good book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.
Yes. It was very well written and kept me intrigued the entire time.
I loved the way it was told by weaving together Josef and Lenka's points of view.
I thought that their performances brought a level of emotion to this story that I would have missed if I had read it.
Yes! I tried to listen to it as much as I could just to find out what happened!
Although I usually stay away from books about WW2, I am very glad I took a chance on The Lost Wife. It was sad and beautiful, although I would have liked more at the end. I felt like we spent so long with these characters and then didn't get to see what they do after they meet again. But maybe that is just me not wanting the book to end :)
I gave up on this about halfway through. The characters were engaging, and it was heartbreaking to see their worlds collapsing as the Holocaust gained momentum. And the opening was promising. But if there was a surprising twist, it sure didn't come soon enough to keep me engaged.
This is a typical story, not exceptionally well told, but not completely devoid of literary merit.
Since you know the ending from the beginning, it's the story of getting there.
I eventually get used to George Guidall's clipped idiosyncratic narration, but I always find it annoying for the first few hours.
Less about the art and more about meeting her long time love.
I love books!
First time author Alyson Richman. In part this book seemed a bit tedious and just another story of a survivor of a centration camp. But if you like these types of books it did have its own unique perspective. The author stated she started out to make this book into a World War II novel about stolen art but it morphed into a loves story set amidst pre-war Prague, two young people falling in love and how the war divided them and the experiences they both encountered in moving ahead, ifrst with the war then with just life itself. It was well written. It was listened to as part of a road trip which always seems to make travel go faster.
Was the author trying to win an award for cramming the most metaphors in a single book? It really had the potential of being a half way decent story should the author been better. I felt like I was listening to someone who just read, "Writing Novels for Dummies".
Yes - though the backdrop is a subject dealt with hundreds of times, the structure of the narration in first person singular of the two main characters was very interesting as was the style of narration and the voice modulation signifying the mood & the environment.
I can not pick one as there were many but some that stood out were Lenka's digging her heels on staying with her family and not going with Yosef unless the other 3 members of her family also come despite opposition from everyone.Then there was the resistance through the drawings & paintings - improvising with what was available and passing the skill to the children so that they could tell the world the truth.Gotlieb proposing to Lenka - taking her back and giving her a good complete life.After liberation Lenka going to Lutia's home and the exchange between Alichka & Lenka.
Just one word Excellent!
Somewhat like that. I finished it pretty quickly.
The depth, visulization, use of words, describing the moments, feelings, pain, suffering - superbly done.
Book collector, lover of history, historical novels & biographies. Never cease to be amazed how one person affects the lives of so many
Wow, what a story, the author has an incredible talent for describing the most intimate feelings of love, longing, desire, loss, and many so more emotions. Very touching story of two people but listening to this the story and its far-reaching effects one can only imagine the horrific amount of loss compounded by millions of people caught up in the nightmare of war.
Joseph's sensitivity and ability to describe his feeligs
no never, but they were excellent.
yes, excellent story
if you buy you will not be dissapointed
I loved both the story and the narration, but it was the words, the descriptions used, that truly astounded me. A heartbreaking and yet beautiful story. Truly one of the very best books I have ever read!