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.
One of the best books I've ever read. So moving and sad, but enlightening about the Holocaust. I would highly recommend!
I would completely recommend this book to anyone with even the slightest curiosity to what life was like for those that went through this horrible time in the history of man kind.
It's hard to choose a favorite in this particular book. I was written from two points of view, giving you a very well rounded picture of what happened. They both describe their experiences with such detail and emotion. You feel as though you have been taken back into their memories with them as they recall them.
One of my favorite scenes in this book (there were many) had to be the beginning. The book opens with such a monumentous moment for both of them. In your mind as you are listening to the scene unfold you almost want to hold your breath in anticipation for what you can already see will be the most bitter sweet of reunions.
It is an absolutely soul lifting book, though it has its moments that bring you to heart wrenching tear and thoughts of how this world could be so cruel, it also makes you open your heart to the experiences of others and past happenings in the history of our kind as a whole!
I loved this book. I couldn't wait to listen in my car everyday on the way to work and when I got to my destination I hated to have to stop. I cried tears with the description of the despicable things that happened to Lanka during the holocaust. But I was so happy with the love she and Joseph had for each other. A wonderful way to keep these stories alive so they future generations don't ever forget.