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The Sins Of The Father.

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In 1964, famous economist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Eli Czinner lives in Argentina with his English wife, Nell, and their daughter Becky. In the years following the war, he lost his sight, an appropriate fate for a man who was metaphorically blind during the fascist period, when "he had combined his contempt for the Nazis with his happy confidence that he could influence ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published September 3rd 1992 by Hodder & Stoughton General Division (first published September 26th 1991)
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Dec 26, 2014 John rated it liked it
Really interesting! I got most out of the book up to and including the trial. From there onward I found it increasingly difficult to understand the behaviours of the characters and in consequence found my sympathies slipping away. I should reread it......but probably won't!
Aug 26, 2016 Koit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have read recently.

My main reason for liking it is its determined quality to make the reader think - a quality which is prevalent in at least the first two acts of the book. The third act is different, and has a transient feel to itself - the story is over, and the reader knows as much, the only problem left to be solved is what happens after.

Another of the qualities that needs to be mentioned is the main setting - '60s Argentina. And, as typical of a work that c
Hilda Reilly
Jan 06, 2013 Hilda Reilly rated it really liked it
Fiction is at its best when it forces the reader to think rather than providing merely a means of escape, and in this Massie succeeds admirably. The subject here is a difficult one and it is deftly handled. My only reservation is that the writing is permeated with an air of detachment throughout, suggesting that the author was at pains to refrain from judgment, and this perhaps leaches some of the colour out of the characters. Not really what you could call an enjoyable read but an interesting a ...more
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Jan 23, 2013 Vagabond Voices rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The ingenious and understated manner in which Massie treats the unforgotten and unforgiving makes a tense and credible work."
– The Sunday Times

"A marvellous read, dealing with big themes in an original and striking way"
– The Daily Telegraph

"…a novel of ideas"
– Independent on Sunday

"The Sins of the Father has a sombre intelligence rare in current fiction … treats evanescent joys and enduring terrible questions with a patient art that begins to feel like life."
– The Independent
Aug 18, 2015 Eunice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-2015
This is a very ambitious book which builds on the theme of other work that Massie has written the compromises and j6sutifications that people made in Vichy France. This tackles more directly those directly involved in the Third Reich and the final solution.

It works well up to the final section which is clearly an attempt to reflect on how the whole situation affected the subsequent lives of the children but it didn't seem to me to succeed.
Aug 06, 2012 Johanne rated it liked it
Franz, the son of a Nazi War criminal meeting Becky, the daughter of a survivor of the Holocaust.An interesting premise and the book started really well and then seemed to lose its way somewhat. For some reason that I couldnt identify for the last half it didn't feel particularly engaging, I persisted only to find out the fates of Franz and Becky sadly the last quarter was just a depressing wrapping up of the lives of the protagonists
Nov 11, 2012 Mandy rated it it was ok
Interesting premise and it started really well, with some powerful writing, then about half way through it totally lost its way and ended up being a mishmash of plot and character. Found it was an effort to even understand what was going on - or to care.
Cath Walker
Jun 26, 2013 Cath Walker rated it liked it
Interesting idea - the children of a German SS guard and a jewish concentration camp survivor meet and fall in love. When the fathers recognise each other can the couple stay together.
Sep 25, 2012 Sally-W rated it it was amazing
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"The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons." Or how to deal with a past of which you had no part. Fiction. Not for the light-hearted.
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Jul 22, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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rather pessimistic in the end...possibly a little homophobic. Full review to come.
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Jan 06, 2015 T rated it liked it
Fathers more interesting than Franz/Becky at end of book.
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Some bits were engaging and I sped through them, but overall I found the book slow and disjointed.
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Allan Massie (born 1938) is a well-known Scottish journalist, sports writer and novelist. Massie is one of Scotland's most prolific and well-known journalists, writing regular columns for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times (Scotland) and the Scottish Daily Mail. He is also the author of nearly 30 books, including 20 novels. He is notable for writing about the distant past.
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