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In an unnamed country at the end of a world war, Paul Miller escapes from a labor camp, collapsing after a few hundred feet. Taken in by a young woman he learns to love, Paul decides to stay where he is, and, as the war ends, he marries, starts a family, and helps to rebuild the village. But Paul is inescapably haunted by his life before the war, by his time in the camp, a...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2009)
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When faced with your adversary, you have three options: flight, fight or hide. Paul Miller-who barely survived WWII-resurfaces to build a new life in the shadow of the Nazi camp that held him captive and in the midst of those who stood idly by. Then, the face of terror shows up in his new world too, and Paul struggles with how to co-exist with his tormentor. So what will it be:flight, fight or hide? Ethical questions abound in this thought-provoking, powerful novel.
The story got off to a slow start and I was perhaps irritated at time jumping around. But before page 50 I was completely sold. I wish the ending had been handled differently. It's not that it wrapped up too quickly---it just wrapped up so differently, with characters that I wasn't concerned with talking third hand about the characters I wanted to know about. It created a distance, rather than a mystery. But all the story in the middle, I thoroughly enjoyed.
It is the story of a man who gets out of the concentration camp right at the end of the war and is sheltered within a village. He has a very successful post-war life, becomes mayor of the village and the village becomes a prosperous town under his rule. Read the full interview with Simon Mawer about forgiveness:
This was a quick read and demonstrates, once again, the lasting scars that Nazi prisoners carried with them after the war.
I thought this story was incredible. It started slowly but with each chapter the suspense built to an almost unbearable crescendo. At first I didn't think that I would like how the author failed to mention any countries or ethnicities, but in the end I think it actually made everything flow better.
Powerful book, well-written, and thought-provoking about a man who survives a concentration camp and then lives among the villagers who allowed the camp's presence. A philosophical examination of good and evil but also an engaging, fascinating read.
Amy Ramey
This is one of those books that takes a few days to read. Why? Because you need to take a break. You need to let it sink in...This book is a portrait of redemption--messy redemption.
Beautifully written but not an easy read. I didn't enjoy the last third of the book and found it quite heavy.
An intelligent, thougthful, intense observation of good and guilt, and all the complexities that follow.
Profound. Wonderful use of language.
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Norman Lebrecht (born 11 July 1948 in London) is a British commentator on music and cultural affairs and a novelist. He was a columnist for The Daily Telegraph from 1994 until 2002 and assistant editor of the Evening Standard from 2002 until 2009. On BBC Radio 3, he has presented from 2000 and The Lebrecht Interview from 2006.

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