Between Shades of Gray
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As soon as I saw this video, I knew I had to read this novel. Between Shades of Gray isn't the type of book I'd normally read, but I'm extremely glad that I decided to read it.
Lina is a very strong and courageous character. Despite the situation Lina is placed in at the young age of fifteen, she audaciously chooses to write about the terrible cruelties the Soviets are doing to those around her as well as her family and herself. Lina is an artist, and she uses this talent ...more
Even though I found this novel exceptionally well-written, it was not a pleasure to read. It’s about Lithuanians displaced to Siberian work camps during World War II. It was pretty unflinchingly brutal, but here’s why I think you ought to read it:
1. It is a side of World War II that you might not have seen before. I certainly hadn’t heard these stories of displaced Europeans, and I have to say, having been to Lithuania on tour last year, it made so much of what they sai ...more
Despite her father’s caution, 15-year-old Lena Vilkas, her 10-year-old brother Jonas and their mother Elena ar ...more
Step on my heart, cut it wide open, rub it with salt and feed it to the sharks.. Or just make me read this book, because this is how it feels like reading this story.
How can I call “wonderful” a book full of so many horrors?
...But I will, because it really is, and what pains me the most is that it's all true, that this is a really tiny part of the darkest piece of our history as human beings.
You thought this was repugnant?!
Um... so I'm a bit torn on this one but I'm going to rate it 3.5 stars. I think what made it worse was all the bloody hype (like with Matched) that made me think this was going to blow my mind and it kind of just, well, didn't.
It was an interesting history lesson. My knowledge of Soviet activities was previously more political than social and anything I did know of the more personal impact on people's lives was what I'd gained from German museums telling the story of the Berlin wall. It's true ...more
This bo ...more
This book is a novel, but is actually based on history, during WWII. this story is written from the perspective of a teenager named Lina. she and her family are taken from their home in Lithuania by the Soviets. This story tracks the next year plus of all hardships they go through. The labor camps, the illnesses that struck, the deaths of fellow Lithuanians, cruel degrading treatment and more.
If you are looking for a happ ...more
I wish I hadn't waited for so long. Unfortunately I don't think my review will do this novel justice.
I don't want to say that this book wasn't heartbreaking or that watching the disturbi ...more
When I read this quote my reaction was this:
What can I say? I am still recovering from this book. I mean literally recovering. It touched me in a way that Made me cry more than ever, made me feel mad, made me feel disgusted, and made me realize the horrors that these people had to go through. It made me realize what they had to suffer because they helped people or they were well educate ...more
I can't believe I always used to say that historic fiction is boring – I think I've just read the wrong books. This novel had such a powerful message and together with its rich and vivid characters, it made even the bleakest setting shine. Between Shades of Gray has such a sad and infuriating background – telling the story of a Lithuanian family captured and deported to Siberia by the Soviets in the early 1940s – but its prose and its heroi ...more
Lina is our protagonist who lives in Lithuania in the 1940's and one night the NKVD (widely known later as the KGB) bust through her family's home and take her mom, little brother, and herself to an unknown location. Her father has been taken ea ...more
Ruta Sepetys's descriptions and characterizations are ...more
When was the last time you heard of those small Baltic countries beside Russia? You know, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia? Most don’t even know these countries exist. Is anyone aware of the horrors they had to endure at the hands of the Soviets, how they were brutally forced out of their homes and forced into cramped, disease-ridden labor camps all over the USSR? Maybe, but thanks to the media, it is made out to be a seemingly insignifica ...more
What makes Between Shades of Gray such a phenomenal read is the mere fact that it is based off of truth. Sepetys has put an immense amount of research into her ...more
I wasn't entirely sure how to rate this. While being a very important book, one that I did connect with emotionally, it didn't quite hit me the same way other books set during World War 2 have. During the official book trailer the author jokes about the original book being so dark that it required a lot of revisions, that originally it was even darker than ...more
Tears...tears...raw, honest, helpless tears kept streaming down my face while I was reading this. I didn't even bother to prevent them because it was useless anyway. Reading this book was a very humbling experience and I admire the author for her courage in writing this eye opening historical novel.
The writing style is so sincere and every word shot me to my very core. Reading the book was like reading the diary of an actual 15 year old girl who suffered the dark and evil reign of the USSR in t ...more
I did not look good after I finished 'Between shades of gray'. My nose could have passed as the red nosed reindeer. It had become an awful shade of red from the tears. Similar to my close friend, I’m frankly not a big fan of books that will give me a headache from the crying that I have to withstand, coincidentally one my favourite genre is historical-fiction and history has a lot of grieve. Too much. I hate to cry and I prefer to sit silently and concentrate on a blank w ...more
I WILL review this book, but I'm not sure just how to do it yet. My emotions are off the charts. I have not cried this hard since Jellicoe.
Brilliant and Unforgettable
The cost of reserving Between Shades of Gray from my library = $0.50
The retail price of Between Shades of Gray after using a Border’s coupon because yes I must now own this book = $9.40
The value of experiencing this beautiful and harrowing story of survival and hope = Priceless
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It is the sort of book I sometimes think I have to psych myself up to read: because it looks intense and powerful and you know it's going to tug your heart strings.
HOWEVER, it's not as daunting as you might think: despite the horror you know is about to be unleashed, it's quite effortless to read due to some gorgeous prose. It's a lovely blend of lyrical writing, teen voice an ...more
"We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean."
I feel like I've been stripped from all the humanity I'd ever had (If I had any). I feel like ripping my hair out, I feel like screaming into my pillow. I feel unsettled. I feel naked. That's how raw this novel was. So raw it made me feel stinging clean to the bone in nakedness. And, if it were my choice, I'd do this all over again because Between Shades of Gray was so, so worth it.
It's the ye ...more
The Soviets were freeing people from German death camps at the same time that they were systematically rounding up millions of Lithuanians and Latvian and Estonians and transporting them ...more
It is difficult to imagine during Stalin's "reign of terror" that more than twenty million people, a third of the population of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were annihilated!
This book tells the story of fifteen year old Lina and her family and their struggle for survival after being taken from their home in 1941 Lithuania and thrown into cattle cars.
(view spoiler)[Lina's love of drawing and for Andrius and her family give her the will...more
"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth ? That morning, my brother's life was worth a pocket watch."
The mention of the word 'Lithuania' sent my mind rummaging through the wily terrains of my memory and finally from a dilapidated and undermined corner, an image of a page from my Class 10 History Textbook materialized. You see, it was quite the last page of that chapter, a time by which, I was clearly exhausted from the multitude of facts that had been unceremoniously dumped on me a ...more
Recordando agora como tudo se passou, percebo que os sinais estavam todos lá: as fotografias de família queimadas na chaminé, a minha mãe cosendo as nossas pratas e jóias mais valiosas ao forro do casaco até altas horas, todas as vezes em que o meu pai não voltou para casa logo após o trabalho.
Jonas, o meu irmão mais novo, fazia perguntas. Eu também, mas talvez me tenha recusado a ler os indícios.
Só mais tarde entendi que os meus pais planeavam a nossa fuga.
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY centres around a story, in which the Baltic countries of: Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania that were wiped of the map. A genocide on such a scale that the people were close to forgotten, nearly. You see, Stalin was sneaky in how he went about things. People were taken without warning. They had no time to tell loved ones where they were being taken and very few m ...more
Really loved this. Everything about it was done well - the writing, the characters, the story, the rich history, and the little bit of romance.
-What's what: Set in WW2. Lina (a Lithuanian girl) and her family are forced out of their home by Soviet Officers and sent on a long, gruesome journey to Siberia, there they are forced to work in a camp.
-Lina was a fairly engaging character, even though she was rather judgemental and bitchy and difficult to like at times it was easy to ...more
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