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The Kissing Gates

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Christmas Day, 1914. A truce is called in the fighting & a German officer called Wilhelm befriends a British soldier, Hal, and gives him a message to pass to his English lover, Sally, who is waiting for news in Stratford. When Hal is injured and sent back to Britain, he visits Sally. But when he sees her, he falls instantly in love.
Paperback, 433 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Sphere (first published October 30th 2008)
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Tea Jovanović
Divna priča o sudbinama jednog Engleza i jednog Nemca koji su voleli istu ženu i čije su se sudbine ispreplitale tokom Prvog svetskog rata... Paa, recimo za one koji vole Viktoriju Hislop...
While I did enjoy this, I found it difficult to feel truly involved in the story. It appeared that the central conceit - the idea of Hal's encounter with Wilhelm and the subsequent development of his relationship with Sam - had been thought of first, and the rest simply created to fit around it. I never really bought the idea of Hal falling instantly and deeply in love with Sam; it seemed more like he just lusted after her, and half-heartedly at that. I grew more fond of the characters as the pl ...more

This is, in essence, a love story but with a huge secret at the heart of it.

Hal, the protagonist, is fighting in the trenches in World War 1, when a Christmas truce happens. He, hesitantly, climbs into No Mans Land and meets Wilhelm his counterpart in the German Army. They exchange gifts and Wilhelm gives Hal a picture of himself and asks him to give it to his English girlfriend, Sam, who he met and fell in love with in England before the War started. Hal agrees to do this for him.

Shortly after,
Es una novela ambientada en los años de la Gran Guerra, ó I Guerra Mundial (1914-1918), donde las hostilidades involucraron a 32 países, 28 de ellos denominados «Aliados»: Francia, el Reino Unido, Imperio Ruso, Serbia, Bélgica, Canadá, Portugal, Japón, Estados Unidos (desde 1917), así como Italia. Este grupo se enfrentó a la coalición de las «Potencias Centrales», integrada por los imperios Austrohúngaro, Alemán y Otomano, acompañados por Bulgaria.

La historia comienza de forma sencilla, en Navid
I actually really enjoyed this book. It is well written and not frilly in its language, and the narrator's voice is very engaging.
My only criticisms as such would be that Hal (the narrator) seems to be suspiciously modern in his outlook - despite it being set during WWI, he seems rather unfazed by an unmarried mother (his lover has a child by another man), unmarried people having sexual relationships, or lesbianism, much less so than you'd expect from a person born during the reign of Queen Vic
I could not get into this book no matter how much I read,it just didn't hold my interest. As a general rule if I get to 100 pages in a book and still hate it then I give up and I do believe this book has the potential to be very good but I haven't got the patience to sit through another 100 pages of boredom. I skipped through it then and the end is utter rubbish so I'm glad I didn't waste my time reading anymore for it to have that ending!
Not just your every day love story. The tale begins with two soldiers, one German, one English who meet at the Christmas Day truce. They both part with a promise between them, one which the English Soldier must do if he survives the war and makes it back home. Filled with twists and turns this book becomes very memorable and almost impossible to put down!
It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I did (about a third of the way in) I was hooked. I loved the characters, and I particularly found the intelligence side of the story interesting. However, I found the ending very very disappointing, particluarly not knowing Sam's response to finding out the truth.
It took me two attempts to get into it, but the second attempt went well - I got through it in one sitting. There were some areas of historical inaccuracy that slightly niggled, but the story was compelling and I found it easy to sympathise with the characters.
Very good book, great story and interesting situations on which to ponder on moral points and such like but.....not impressed with the end; not the way I wanted it to go! :(
Georgina Mason
This was one of the fantastic teenage reads that has staid with me since. Not especially well written but great if not bittersweet story.
Not much to say ther than I have recommended this many times and also given several copies away as gifts....fabulous relaxing read!
Found it pretty dull, while I was getting bored I made the mistake of reading the last few pages. Then its was even more boring!
Very much enjoyed this tale set during the First World War. It was fast moving and the characters were fascinating!

I really enjoyed this book. I can only describe is a wartime novel but "different"
Loved this book, very interesting and well written.Sad too
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