Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941 but was concealed for 60 years, Diane Armstrong's gripping novel is a detective story that is part mystery, part history, and part forensic investigation. It is also a tale of love, loss, and unimaginable sacrifice.
©2005 Diana Armstrong; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"The best and worst of the human spirit are dredged up in this profoundly moving, compelling, and superbly written story." (Australian Women's Weekly)
I'm not sure what time line the other reviewers were using but a little research shows Poland entering the European Union around 1990, which would make the main character around 50, not 70. While some people may be surprised that a woman could be involved in a romantic relationship at that age, I found it very refreshing and thought the entire story was very moving and interesting.
I too enjoyed the narrator and appreciated the recounting of this important story. I kept having to check historical events, as the protagonist mentions contemporary happenings, such as the Pope's visit to Poland. That made me place the age of the storyteller at 70 or more, much too old for some of the adventures and romantic interludes described. But maybe not? Or maybe it was written ten years ago, or more. Otherwise, a great book and narrator.
In light of the keystone tragedy in the story, the main character's personal crisis is narcissistic and in self-pitying. The author tends to state (and re-state) the obvious and by over-explaining the characters and the science she leaves little suspense and nothing for the reader to discover. Not recommended.
Starts off okay but then it gets very predictable and a bit over the top. I was engaged for the first half, but then I just couldn't take it any more and had to put it down
Learning things I never knew before about the murder of Jews during WWII.
Anya - it also takes place in Poland during WWII.
Clear reading and not too slow.
Very difficult to imagine what happened but apparently it did all over eastern Europe during WWII.
I thought that this book started out rather hard to follow. It wasn't long, however, that everything fell into place. This was a good book to listen to.l
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a real eye opener to the tragic things that can & unfortunately do happen during war times. I highly recommend this book. It is the first book I have read (or listened to in this case) of Diane Armstrong & I really like her style of writing. I shall be keeping an eye out for more of her work.
Honest protrayal of main character very believeable. Well woven fictional story, using some of the truths of life during World War II and after.
I had a few problems working out how old the main character was and also a lot of her motivations. A rather stereotypical tale about how the Poles hated the Jews... or rather the stereotypical belief that they did.
Interesting parts but overall, boring.
After the first 15 minutes, I was not able to listen to the rest of this book. It probably is well written and compelling, but the horrendous Nazi crimes (with Polish assistance) about to be detailed was more than I could bear.
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