The One Man was an edge of your seat thriller that takes place within the death camps of AuschFor more reviews like this visit: www.goodbookfairy.com
The One Man was an edge of your seat thriller that takes place within the death camps of Auschwitz. The One Man is just that, as a young man employed by the U.S. government is selected and gently coerced to enter the concentration camps to find ‘the one man’.
You may be familiar with author Andrew Gross as he’s a written 14 books prior to this in the suburban thriller genre. Nine of those he wrote with James Patterson and five of those on his own. I was lucky enough to meet him on a stop he made in Chicago and his presentation was quite captivating. It’s personal to him as he tells Dave Berry in an interview; “My father-in-law came here from Poland in April, 1939. Six months later, the war broke out. As it turned out, he was the only member of his family to survive the war. In fact, he never learned the fate of any of the family that was left behind. Like a lot of survivors, he never talked at all about his family or even about his life back in Poland before he left. It was just too painful. In 1941, after America entered the war, my father-in-law signed up to serve his new country, and because of his facility with languages, was placed in the Intelligence corps. He never divulged a word of what his role was there either. His whole life he seemed to carry around a weight of guilt and regret, despite his successes here, and everyone pressed him to find out just what was behind it. So in some ways, I set out to write the story I thought my father-in-law might tell.”
Back to the book, my husband read this and I listened it to it audio. He agreed with me that the narrator of the audio version did a stellar performance capturing emotion and the many accents and dialects. I was literally sitting in the Target parking lot one afternoon listening to the audio because I just couldn’t bare getting out of the car and not knowing what happens.
This book offered historical drama, thrilling escapades, romance, death camp brutality, horrific loss, WW2 politics, trust and excitement. It really had it all. I can say very little with out giving too much away, so this is one you’ll just have to trust me on. Personally, I made my own mistake by having this on as my audio in the car, while at the same time reading Mischling. Two holocaust books concurrently is not a good idea even if they were completely different.
In switching genres and publishing houses to write historical fiction, the author took a leap of faith. I’m sure it will be the first of many fabulous novels and successes....more
Yes, Mischling is a story about the Holocaust and the atrocities that took place in MengFor more reviews like this visit http://www.goodbookfairy.com/
Yes, Mischling is a story about the Holocaust and the atrocities that took place in Mengele’s Zoo, but at its heart it’s a book about twins. The love and naked connectedness they feel toward one another was rendered so beautifully in this book. I look forward to hearing the opinions of twins after they’ve read this book.
It’s hard to give a high rating, yet alone my highest one, to a book with such horror in its midst. I am a quick reader but this book had me pacing myself as its content, although never outwardly graphic, gave enough details to let my imagination run free. The writing was poetic yet cold, lyrical yet sharp, simple yet meaningful.
Mischling is a term used to characterize those who bore both Aryan and Jewish blood. So in this novel, these twins were not just special for their sameness, but doubly so, with their blond hair, blue eyes and Jewish blood. Being in the zoo seemed to be a means of survival due to the special treatment, but certainly the survival came at a devastating cost.
The book followed the idea of coupling, twinning and duality in many ways. There were two POVs, two parts of the book, two Zoos, and most spectacularly described were the separation of coping for the girls. Stasha would take the funny, the future, the bad. Pearl would take the sad, the past, the good. Utterly brilliant. The themes also followed in this way. Good vs. evil, imagination vs. reality, fortitude vs. helplessness, death vs. deathlessness.
Their oneness within them was their superpower for survival, along with their wondrous imagination. Without the other, neither would be whole and this was proven so many times throughout the book. I highly recommend this book especially if you liked The True Story of Hansel and Gretel or The Book Thief. Thank you Affinity Komar for this story....more
Holding Up The Universe is the follow up work to Jennifer Niven’s best selling book that’s beinFor more reviews like this visit www.goodbookfairy.com
Holding Up The Universe is the follow up work to Jennifer Niven’s best selling book that’s being made into a movie, All The Bright Places. Like her first book, this too is in the YA genre and involves two kids dealing with their own demons. In one case it’s obesity and in the other its prosopagnosia (face blindness).
Little did I know, that even before the publication of this book, reviewers and early readers were in an all out tizzy over the blurb on inside flap of the book. Apparently many thought it was offensive for saying that Jack felt he was “broken” because of his face blindness and Libby felt she wasn’t part of the “human race”. Literally there was an attack on twitter about the offensiveness of this blurb. The final jacket cover has since been changed but I found all this quite amusing.
The book itself read quickly and like her earlier work, was told from two alternating POVs of the main characters. I found many similarities in both books, but while All The Bright Places left me in tears, this book left me with a smile. Anytime characters can transform to be the better version of themselves, it’s a good message being sent. I liked how the main character’s relationship blossomed and seemed relatable in today’s day and age.
I am no expert at face blindness and found myself intrigued about it. What fell short for me was his not knowing his own parents and siblings. I’d make an assumption that he’d know his immediate family by their voices and their living in his house. I think the author should’ve trusted the reader to know this.
This book brings a lot of teenage angst and issues to a head: Appearance, weight, friends and foes, bullies, loss, loneliness, fitting in, being popular, trying out for things, first loves, driving, social media and more.
What was most important in the book is about looking on the inside of people and not on the outside. This story is reminiscent of Wonder regarding the importance of this lesson. Cool or not cool, we should all be ourselves and search for the true self in others. In a nutshell, the book reminds us that we’ve all got something and whether we choose to share it or hide it, it’s never ok to judge someone else.