Less about the art and more about meeting her long time love.
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.
This book was not at all what I'd hoped based on other reviews. SPOILER ALERT (not major but some:)
In the author's note at the end, she mentions that she had planned simply on writing a book about an artist who survived the holocaust. Then she was at a party and heard the story of the newlyweds whose grandparents ended up being husband and wife from before WWII. It seems she attempted to shoddily combine both ideas and neither got fully fleshed out. The very first chapter pulls a major punch and I could have lived with that had the book come back around full circle - but the ending is just a stop ... not an ENDing. I was left feeling as if I'd waded through all the rest of the book to be jilted at the end.
I had recently listened to The Storyteller by Jody Piccoult. If you want a rich, deep, horrifyingly beautiful accounting of the holocaust across generations - go there. After that book this one just seemed too superficial.
Finally, I found the female author's narration way too rough and brash for Lenka. Especially when she is narrating parts where men speak to Lenka she makes their voices loud and abrasive even at the softest moments. There is one part where Lenka's name is whispered "like a prayer" - and she all but shouted it. The male narration however was totally spot on and a delight to hear.
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This book made me cry through its clear and concise depiction of the horrors of the holocaust. It's amazing that so many people who lived and survived the concentration camps were resilient in rebuilding their lives; and in honoring the lives of those who perished. I enjoyed the love story being a theme in the story without taking away any of the raw pain and cruelties experienced by the Jewish people during WWII.
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
The pace and my two FAVORITE narrators, George Guidall and Suzanne Toren.
The story is based on some truths about the history of paintings from the hand of prisoners of war in concentration camps and a beautiful love story.
Josef was my favorite
First love...Only love.
the narrators were so perfect...they could read a cereal box and i'd enjoy it. the author's detail was so exquisite; from the description of a face to the portrayal of an emotion. the ending was not as satisfying as i would have hoped; but that is the romantic in me. I will read Alyson Richman again! don't miss this book!
Yes. I loved the characters.
Lenka was my favorite character. Her strength and determination were inspiring.
Having two narrators tell the story was very effective.
The end was fabulous.
No, it was too sad. I would recommend it to someone interested in reading a sad story about concentration camps during WWII.
I loved how the author intertwined everything into art. Every emotion and feeling was conveyed through different artistic media. The words were very well constructed to keep up this theme.
I loved the narrators. They were believable in their sadness.
All the people in the concentration camps. I just want to feed them.
I would not recommend this to anyone I actual know because I would not want them to have to endure the magnitude of sadness that this book contains. However, I would recommend it to someone who is looking for catharsis on such a level that the sadness would take days to go away. It was hard to get into at first, but the sadder it became, the more entranced I became.