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.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I enjoyed this story. I particularly recommend it for someone with even a small interest in art because the main character, Lenka, describes her life in art terminology. She adds brush strokes to her love for her husband, for example.
It is also a powerful tale of the Holocaust and the inexplicable ability of love to survive in such an evil, painful, sad and scary place.
Both narrators were excellent.
First if you don't want/like to read stories of the Holocaust all I can say is you will miss one of most memorable books I've read in more years than I can say, and I've read more than five LONG, outstanding books a month for the last decade, and between 5-15 books a month for the last 2 years so I don't say that lightly.
I don't normally like books that go back and forth between decades, because, for me, in audio format the story line and the various characters can become confusing. But in this book it seems fluid, and the story gently flows between the two protagonists and the decades. I also normally don't like more than one narrator (ex. as in the fantastic Baldacci novels that, IMO, are ruined by two narrators) but it works amazingly in this book and with these great narrators.
It is hard to tell much more about the story without giving away the amazing tale. I urge you to listen...and make sure you have tissues, you'll need them!
This is a well written and performed story about love set before, during and after the war. The story is tragic but also happy. The performance added to the overall enjoyment.
The concept of the story was good, but it became repetitive quite quickly. Perhaps it would have seemed less so if I was reading a hard copy.
Definitely. The two narrators had no charisma, no variation in their voices. I never could relate with their characters.
loved the story. would have been a little better if they had more time at the end
definitely sad - but the reunion should have been longer
marvelous story line - could not wait to the end
The author does an amazing job weaving multiple stories of Holocaust victims and survivors into this well narrated work of historical fiction. It is through stories like this, and the art that survived, that the world can witness albeit second hand what occurred during that time. And to possibly understand what is felt by those who survived.
I have just listened to this book a second time and am more moved by it than the first read. The author and both narrators are amazing. Like other readers, I would like to know more about what happens at the end (I did read the author's comments about this. . . maybe a second book?)