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
I really like the interplay of the main characters stories from their own points of view. I do wish there was more of Josef's story. I think both narrators did a great job.
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I have no words to express the emotion that this book awakened on me. It pulled me in from the very beginning, I wanted to know what fate has prepared for each of the characters and I really wanted their safety! I usually listen to books when I'm running, in this book I often had to stop to cry a little. Beautiful, exciting! I was delighted with the performance of the narrators, I felt like I was one of the characters in the book. I was wrong when I thought I knew a lot about the Second World War, this book taught me new things like, for example, the importance of art in the concentration camps to spread what was happening with the jews.
Knowing that they came together after so many years.
The history factor was great and narration wonderful. Sad history but very real.
Wonderfully powerful story beautifully told. My heart aches for all those this story is meant to encapsulate. I'm grateful to have read this story and hope that if it is in fact turn to film, they can do it justice.
The author has a great talent. The story is lovely and heartwarming. The scenes from the camps are hard to bare. Thank you for writing this!
The beginning of the book had me and I waited to have an ending but was left wanting more...what happened next??
An Interesting but painful story read in the two main characters' voices. Interesting author's note at the end offers insight to the real people and circumstances which inspired the novel.
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.
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