In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.
©2011 Alyson Richman (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
No matter how many times I've read about the horrors perpetrated by Hitler's regime, in addition to visiting the Holocaust Museum, I can never, ever come to grips with the inhumanity that people are capable of. The human spirit and will to live is also mind boggling. This book was at times so painful to listen to, I nearly quit. The story was very well told and the narrations were perfect, but incredibly sad.
It is incredible and incomprehensible to learn what human beings can do to one another. This is a very heavy book to read about a couple in Czechoslovakia wedded before the WWII, separated and lead their distinguished separate lives before meeting in 60 years. Their lives, their love stories are the subject of this book.
This is a work of fiction, but made based on a deep research where some personages are based on real people. The emotions described can find their place in hearts of most people... I am glad I read / listened this book, but years many times came out during the reading.
I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint.
The narrators were excellent. I love the story from the eyes of both Lanka and Joseph. An emotional roller coaster and well worth the listen.
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
I loved listening to Joseph, his narration made the story for me. He sounded the part perfectly, not just in age, but the way he loved her.
I don't know, I hate this question.
The age of the characters, the dialect....
MS Richman, I am glad to say I have found out, is one of those authors you don't see to much anymore. She has an uncanny knack of being able to write about diverse subjects and make her words flow like wine. She's my new author. So far I've read the Velvet Hours, Garden of Letters, and The Lost Wife. I'm going to check for others!
incredible story. very well told. I could not stop listening. wish it had more about their reunion , didn't want it to
I sometimes wonder if something really deserves 5 stars. I am giving this all 5 stars. It was a tragic story told so well. It puts us smack in the middle of history where there are still people out there say it didn't happen. I am 1/2 Bohemian Czech, and for me it was enjoyable to read about a city, Prague where my grand parents came from. A good and interesting book.
This book at turns stunned me and moved me to tears. The characters are vivid and nuanced and you will feel them. The story and details feel unflinchingly honest and yet not overwrought. I often sat stunned by the horror depicted in calm tones by amazing narrators, then found myself crying as the same narrators describe the unfathomable love that still exists within the darkest, most painful times, highlighting the extreme potentials of humanity - the evil and the transcendent. You will not regret listening to this book. It is excellent in so many ways. I am particularly glad I listened to this book as opposed to reading it - the narrators bring an additional vitality and humanity to already tangible characters.
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