Turow appears to give away the ...more
The horrors of war, the limitations of law, the contradictions of society. Life is not as it appears. Turow writes of human values, of law, an of human nature. He develops his characters well and tells interesting stories, and is worth reading.
Retired reporter Stewart Dubinsky last made an appearance in Presumed Innocent (1987). Here, the self-lacerating Dubinsky delves deep into his family's wartime history__one loosely based on Turow's father's experiences. For critics, the question is whether a legal-thriller writer can succeed in another genre__and the answers vary. Out of the courtroom, Turow remains an effective storyteller whose characters (Gita in particular) and details of war create immediacy and intrigue. However, his usual...more
One small example: the main character, in the middle of trying to sort things out in his own life, is tailing with his best friend: "...trusting Biddy [his friend ...more
It’s been years (2006, I think) since I read Scott Turow’s WWII novel about a son’s journey into his father’s and mother’s pasts through letters and other written artifacts. Unlike a lot of the reviewers ...more
As Stuart Dubinsky uncovers the journal kept by his father, David Dubin, he is amazed to learn about a part of his parents' lives that they never discussed. The wartime horrors and twisted political affiliations that ...more
Nogle gange vælger jeg blot en roman, fordi forsiden ser interessant ud. Det var tilfældet med Scot Turows "Helt almindelige helte" og den bød på en rigtig spændende historie. Historien udspiller sig både i nutidens USA og i Frankrig under 2. verdenskrig. Den amerikanske kommandosoldat Robert Martin har i længere tid befundet sig ved fronten i Frankrig. Han opfører sig totalt autonomt, planlægger sammen med en lille ...more
Some of the information is based on facts and can be documented; some is made up out of whole cloth. There was a race to build a weapon that could split the atom and cause a level of ...more
"Stewart Dubinsky knew his father. David, had served in World War II, but had told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of David's court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about the enigmatic distant man he never knew. Using military archives, old letters, and David's own notes, he discovers that David, a JAG lawyer, had pursued a maverick U.S. officer in Europe, fallen in love w ...more
Started a bit slow, but I really got into it when he parachuted into Bastogne and was suddenly emersed in war. The double storyline was cool and nicely woven. For a while I wondered why so much time was spent on the woman, but you find that out near the end and it makes sense. Nice story. Narrator did a great job too.
" rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp"
"Balingen concentration camp"??? Didn't know there was one around Balingen while living in the neighbourhood, but then again the camps and the whole history is not what Germans are exactly proud of, and they remain unmentioned in polite social discourse unless one mentions or questions and naturally evokes a hostile defensive response.
Still, we would think it is extremely unlikely ther ...more
In early 1944, and Dubinsky's father, David Dubin, is a young lawyer assigned to the U ...more
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