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 like to weed and read at the same time.
So much wrong with this book; however the premise is true: what happened who blamed whom and why people were still in denial 50 years later.I don't think the villagers would have remembered the event as the invaders moved villagers east to new settlements and new villagers moved in to where an atrocity had taken place.; however the excavation effect on the villagers from guilt to denial to new waves of anti-semitism is well described. The readers Polish is perfect but a number of the villagers appeared to have Australian accents half way through. I didn't care for her voice. The love affair was unnecessary. If the author thought it was necessary in order to hold our attention she can't have thought much about the horror she was writing about. If this is the level at which you want to learn about WWII then go ahead but there are much better novels and readable history about the daily life under the Russians or the Germans. The Poles had the worst of most.
I would recommend it with the warning that it is about 2 hours too long and all of the Polish names make it confusing at times making it hard to follow the story.
The most striking thing is that it is based on a true story from 1941 and it would be worth looking up that true story.
Nothing really stands out as a favorite...the descriptions of the people trying to save themselves was vivid.
Yes it is worth the time to listen, I just feel it could have been a few hours shorter and been really good instead of just good.
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.
This story is mesmerizing from start to finish. It captures a horrific piece of history in such a human way and helps the reader to experience it as it happens. The characters are well drawn and so human as to make the reader feel he or she is in the same room with them. A must read for everyone.
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.
While I agree that the age of the main character did not jive with the timeline, the storytelling was strong and moving.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I really enjoyed this book it was wrtten excellently, interesting subject matter and well researched actual events. Very moving.
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.
I could not stop listening. The first few chapters were a bit of a slog, as the story took a while to develop. However, as the plot progressed (or, perhaps, regressed), I found myself to be involved into the soul of the book. Does good triumph over evil in the end? Can tears and confessions ever erase the pain of the past? I found this not to be the case. Time only dims memories, not pain.
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