A compelling story with complex characters set against the back drop of the horrors of World War II. The story unfolds with a Hungarian Jewish family and their three boys who set out to make their way in the world. Their progress is hindered by the slowly growing anti-Jewish sentiment which insidiously makes it's way into European thought and policy. The reader is caught up in the struggles and triumphs which ultimately lead to the horrors of the camps, and the amazing strength of the human will to survive. I am prevented from giving this book a five star rating only because of the sordid details of Klara and Andrais' love affair, which occur in the early chapters of the book. The story could easily have stood on it's own without them.
Phenomenal book! Great story with many twists and turns -- it kept me guessing all the way to the end. The characters are believable and the story truely moving. A great book for anyone who has ever loved a child.
Les Miserables is a great and timeless classic and the reader in this case did a good job, but, let's face it; it is a really long book and often times I was frustrated with his many diversions into side-topics. I found I kept wanting him to "get back to the story." If you have plenty of time and don't mind alot of digression, this is the book for you.
An excellent story of surprising depth for the simplicity of setting and relatively few characters. Harold's pilgrimage is, in many ways, the story of all of us, and that is what makes it such a compelling read.
If Provence is, in fact the warm, endearing place Peter Mayle has portrayed in his books then I am ready to pack up and move there tomorrow.
The chapters are almost complete in themselves, in the way of James Herriot's books, and so are easily read and easily put down again.
The characters are realistic, and Mayle's dry British humor is delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed these books and hope others will, too!
After all the good reviews I read about this book I am sorry to say I found it disappointing. I was not prepared for the bad language nor the sexual situations which were included. I particularly disliked the dog's cynical and at times down right disturbing thoughts and behaviors -- I'm sure my dog doesn't think like that?!
As a dog lover, I give this book a low mark. Don't be mislead, I found it neither heart warming nor inspiring.
Written by Charles Dickens and the subject is Christmas stories? Who could go wrong?? Well, take it from me -- don't waste your time on this one; the stories are pointless ramblings that go on and on to no purpose. I kept thinking the next one would be better but none of the stories were worthy of any author, least of all Charles Dickens.
The reader is satisfactory, but it just doesn't make up for the lack of content.
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