A great deal of this history is available only in the languages of the countries involved, German, Polish, Serbo-Croatian etc., virtually nothing available in English. Mr. Lowe has done some great research. Why hasn't anybody else?
Forced repatriation of Germans from Eastern Europe
Although Mr. Lee did his homework, pronouncing the complexities of Polish most deftly, I got tired of his mimicking the various foreign accents. Probably needed to do it for most listeners, but I didn't need his rendition of Stalin et al.
So you think you know what happened in Europe after the Nazi's were defeated
If you're not a numbers person, you'll tire of his endless statistics. But if you'll bear with it, this is an invaluable piece of post-war history
Unlike another reviewer, I wasn't bothered by Philpott's mimicking the speech of various politicians. It made the book clearer for listening purposes. The pronunciation was largely good and it always helps that the reader speaks with an English accent. American narrators a. Are often nasal and b. Mispronounce foreign words more
No but it was amusing at times in a cynical way
Good book, well worth reading
1. Editing of the text to eliminate wordiness, elimination of endless adverbs, trite, repetitive phrases
2. Reasonable effort on the part of the narrator to learn pronunciation of common French words & names. Most grating:
Petain (she pronounced like PehTON instead of PehTahn)
Milice (she pronounced like Millis instead of Milees)
3. This book was written on the basis of the memories of an adolescent. It's perhaps a book for young adults but too simplistic for adults. She's no Anne Frank
Another book on European history
1. Mispronunciation of French words/names (she could have checked the correct pronunciation easily)
2. Hearing her draw her breath before phrases (I had to set the speed at 1.25x to drown it out.
Not for me, a waste of $
This needs to be classified as young adults book
Tough, truthful unadorned writing, no politically correct cant, regardless of personal opinions of the author, she didn't impose them on the story.
Visiting the lion-owning veteran on the island with K
Scenes with the two veterans revising Mozambique
I grew up as an expat in Asia and shared similar experiences. I remember hearing of the war although I didn't experience it. Nothing in the book sounded false or overladen with the pious earnestness, nay, sanctimoniousness so common in American and other muddle-headed authors on the subject. Bravo, Ms. Fuller...and K was right to let you tell your story and only get back in touch with you after you had finished the book. Bless him!
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