Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin
Captain Sean O’Sullivan distinguishes himself as a courageous soldier in the closing days of World War II, but what comes next tests his deepest reserves of strength and conviction. Sent to oversee the rebuilding of Berlin, O’Sulliv ...more
A combination of pan-optical research and an almost perfect presentation of stereotypical characters makes this book a near masterpiece of "how to ruin an exceptionally researched work through horrible writing" genre.
I picked up "Armageddon" as it covered the "Berlin Airlift" event amongst other things.
Initially, I was delighted by the amount of information Uris started ladling out, and I settled-in for a scrumptious 800 page long brain feeding orgy. There were some brief but nicely handled desc ...more
This was my first Uris historical novel. I first told my husband that reading it was a bit of a slog due to uneven pacing and poorly-executed blending of research and narrative. Plus the subject matter, Berlin in the immediate aftermath of WWII, pretty much disqualified the book from the race for the Feel-Good Book of 1964.
Then I proceeded to talk the hubby's ear off about what the book taught me about the bizarre politics of postwar Berlin and the Airlift that kept the city from slipping into t...more
Mr. Uris had the unique talent of weaving many themes into a single and understandable book. He never left me hanging on a clif ...more
This is a great book. Leon Uris creates characters and weaves their person stories through the historical events beginning with the end of WWII and proceeding through the difficulties with the Soviet Union blockading Berlin. He masterfully uses his characters to illustrate the difficulties that come when the victor in a conflict must eventually learn to live with the people they have beaten. He ...more
I soldiered on until, by chance, i happened across Wouk's The Caine Mutiny on my bookshelf. The contrast was stunning: instead of wading through lifeless prose, I was treated to Wouk's honed descriptions, vibrant characters and hair-raising action.
I was unable to finish Armageddon.
On another note, before I got sick of the above, I enjoyed reading about WWII from this viewpoint. There was a lot of wonderfully descriptive details about what happened. Too bad, I would have liked to finish it. Perhaps I'll try again someday when I'm less politically correct and more able to ...more
Uris' research skills and his talent of weaving historical facts into his fictional storyline are amazing.
For some reason, I had trouble connecting with several of the major characters. So, at the end, when everything comes to a head, the emotional "oomph" of the events was really lacking.
In this book, the overall outcome is happy, but it takes a lot of unhappiness to get there. Great read, I would highly recommend this novel.
Armageddon by Leon Uris . . . my first Uris book, and I liked it. Liked it more than I thought. When I started it I was a underwhelmed. It was a slow start and really the first quarter of the book was slow to start. It's a novel about Berlin, yet Berlin doesn't come up until the second half of the book.
That being said, I had no idea I wanted to read about the Berlin Airlift. Here I was thinking I was going to read about World War II instead I read about the nascent days of the Cold War. Who knew ...more
Following the final surrender of the Germans, Germany itself and separately the city of Berlin were divided into four zones reflec ...more
Leon Uris does a masterful job of bringing to life Berlin during the four years between 1945-49, by combining complex and believable characters, precision research, and all the drama inherent to post-war Germany.
From the first arrival of Russian troops into Germany’s capital during the final days of World War II to the challenge of undertaking the Berlin airlift, Uris shows the behind-the-scenes political machinations that can now, in retrospect, be seen as the tr ...more
Leon Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Jewish-American parents Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a pa ...more