Between Shades of Gray
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Even though I found this novel exceptionally well-written, it was not a pleasure to read. It’s about Lithuanians displaced to Siberian work camps during World War II. It was pretty unflinchingly brutal, but here’s why I think you ought to read it:
1. It is a side of World War II that you might not have seen before. I certainly hadn’t heard these stories of displaced Europeans, and I have to say, having been to Lithuania on tour last year, it made so much of what they sai ...more
As soon as I saw this video, I knew I had to read this novel. Between Shades of Gray isn't the type of book I'd normally read, but I'm extremely glad that I decided to read it.
Lina is a very strong and courageous character. Despite the situation Lina is placed in at the young age of fifteen, she audaciously chooses to write about the terrible cruelties the Soviets are doing to those around her as well as her family and herself. Lina is an artist, and she uses this talent ...more
Despite her father’s caution, 15-year-old Lena Vilkas, her 10-year-old brother Jonas and their mother Elena ar ...more
Step on my heart, cut it wide open, rub it with salt and feed it to the sharks.. Or just make me read this book, because this is how it feels like reading this story.
How can I call “wonderful” a book full of so many horrors?
...But I will, because it really is, and what pains me the most is that it's all true, that this is a really tiny part of the darkest piece of our history as human beings.
You thought this was repugnant?!
This bo ...more
Um... so I'm a bit torn on this one but I'm going to rate it 3.5 stars. I think what made it worse was all the bloody hype (like with Matched) that made me think this was going to blow my mind and it kind of just, well, didn't.
It was an interesting history lesson. My knowledge of Soviet activities was previously more political than social and anything I did know of the more personal impact on people's lives was what I'd gained from German museums telling the story of the Berlin wall. It's true ...more
This book is a novel, but is actually based on history, during WWII. this story is written from the perspective of a teenager named Lina. she and her family are taken from their home in Lithuania by the Soviets. This story tracks the next year plus of all hardships they go through. The labor camps, the illnesses that struck, the deaths of fellow Lithuanians, cruel degrading treatment and more.
much is known about Hitler's ...more
"'NKVD officers are walking by the train with rifles,' I said. 'There are some men in dark suits looking at the train cars.'
We felt a jolt and the train began to move.
'There's luggage everywhere,' I said. 'And lots of food on the platform.' People groaned. The station looked eerie, desolate, frozen with only remnants of the chaos that had taken place. There were single shoes strewn about, a cane, a woman's purse lying open, and an orphaned teddy bear...'There's a priest. He's ...more
Although Shades of Gray is about a fictional family the story is the truth of what happened to many innocen ...more
When I read this quote my reaction was this:
What can I say? I am still recovering from this book. I mean literally recovering. It touched me in a way that Made me cry more than ever, made me feel mad, made me feel disgusted, and made me realize the horrors that these people had to go through. It made me realize what they had to suffer because they helped people or they were well educate ...more
I wish I hadn't waited for so long. Unfortunately I don't think my review will do this novel justice.
I don't want to say that this book wasn't heartbreaking or that watching the disturbi ...more
“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”
What a touching story! World War II brought misery to the world, it's a common knowledge. But what isn't is how the life of the residents of the countries on USSR borders transformed. What they suffered, how much pain they went through and everything they endured, to survive. Told from the perspective of a young hopeful artist, Between Shades of Gray captured all the hardships, ...more
First off, this was beautifully written. I watch a lot of stand up comedy and one of the most important things about a comedy set is delivery; how the joke is said, the timing, the inflections, etc. This is such a verbal thing that I have never thought of delivery in terms of writing but Sepetys has great delivery. I mean that she kno ...more
Lina is our protagonist who lives in Lithuania in the 1940's and one night the NKVD (widely known later as the KGB) bust through her family's home and take her mom, little brother, and herself to an unknown location. Her father has been taken ea ...more
I can't believe I always used to say that historic fiction is boring – I think I've just read the wrong books. This novel had such a powerful message and together with its rich and vivid characters, it made even the bleakest setting shine. Between Shades of Gray has such a sad and infuriating background – telling the story of a Lithuanian family captured and deported to Siberia by the Soviets in the early 1940s – but its prose and its heroi ...more
It is difficult to imagine during Stalin's "reign of terror" that more than twenty million people, a third of the population of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were annihilated!
This book tells the story of fifteen year old Lina and her family and their struggle for survival after being taken from their home in 1941 Lithuania and thrown into cattle cars.
(view spoiler)[Lina's love of drawing and for Andrius and her family give her the will...more
Ruta Sepetys's descriptions and characterizations are ...more
Tears...tears...raw, honest, helpless tears kept streaming down my face while I was reading this. I didn't even bother to prevent them because it was useless anyway. Reading this book was a very humbling experience and I admire the author for her courage in writing this eye opening historical novel.
The writing style is so sincere and every word shot me to my very core. Reading the book was like reading the diary of an actual 15 year old girl who suffered the dark and evil reign of the USSR in t ...more
Between Shades of Gray (spelled ‘g-r-A-y) is the debut novel by Ruta Sepetys. It is one of those books that you hear great things about and really want to read but may put off actually reading because the subject matter doesn’t sound all that entertaining. After all, just how much fun can a book about forced deportation and So ...more
It's times like this I wish I was a crier. This was not an easy read. It definitely ranks up there with my other historical favourites A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Girl You Left Behind.
I must admit Lina was quite reckless at times but she was 15 years old! Also I do normally prefer a bit more romance and fun scenes but I felt so much emotion by the end of the book. Eventhough I wanted more I felt the ending was perfect for the type of book it is. Definitely recommend if you enjoy war ...more
When was the last time you heard of those small Baltic countries beside Russia? You know, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia? Most don’t even know these countries exist. Is anyone aware of the horrors they had to endure at the hands of the Soviets, how they were brutally forced out of their homes and forced into cramped, disease-ridden labor camps all over the USSR? Maybe, but thanks to the media, it is made out to be a seemingly insignifica ...more
What makes Between Shades of Gray such a phenomenal read is the mere fact that it is based off of truth. Sepetys has put an immense amount of research into her ...more
I WILL review this book, but I'm not sure just how to do it yet. My emotions are off the charts. I have not cried this hard since Jellicoe.
I did not look good after I finished 'Between shades of gray'. My nose could have passed as the red nosed reindeer. It had become an awful shade of red from the tears. Similar to my close friend, I’m frankly not a big fan of books that will give me a headache from the crying that I have to withstand, coincidentally one my favourite genre is historical-fiction and history has a lot of grieve. Too much. I hate to cry and I prefer to sit silently and concentrate on a blank w ...more
I wasn't entirely sure how to rate this. While being a very important book, one that I did connect with emotionally, it didn't quite hit me the same way other books set during World War 2 have. During the official book trailer the author jokes about the original book being so dark that it required a lot of revisions, that originally it was even darker than ...more
I listened to the audiobook and cried through the epilogue but the author's note nearly split my heart in two. When the author started crying at th ...more
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