From BBC Radio 4 Extra - Extra Debut: Summer 1802, and Beethoven's life is at crisis point - will he be able to live with his impending deafness? Stars...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 Extra - Extra Debut: Summer 1802, and Beethoven's life is at crisis point - will he be able to live with his impending deafness? Stars Robert Glenister, Anastasia Hille and Jamie Glover.(less)
I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.
Once you start to read this book, you won't be...moreI requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.
Once you start to read this book, you won't be able to put it down.
This is the story of a French six-years old Marie Laure and a German orphan boy Werner who lived in different countries but their lives will become entwined during World War II.
Marie Laure lives in Paris where his father works at the Museum of Natural History. Once she became blind, her father built a city miniature made of wood to her n order to help her to walk around the city, by recognizing the main buildings around their neighborhood.
However, this miniature will be also used by her father as a hiding-place for a very valuable diamond.
Once Paris is taken by the Nazis, they moved to Saint-Malo.
In the meantime, Werner and his sister Jutta lives in Germany where he learns to build and to repair radios, a talent which will place him at a military academy. He will then became a master in locate all radios used by the Resistance once he moves to the same city where Marie Laure and his father are living. However his father will be arrested by the Nazis and Marie- Laure will live with her uncle.
The development of the main characters continues even after the end of the war, by finishing in the present days.
As historical background, the author describes quite well how Saint-Malo inhabitants have faced the events of World War II. It should be reminded that this city is located just 100 miles from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Almost the surrounding cities have been badly damaged by the Nazis in their retreat from the Allies army. The siege of Saint-Malo is described quite well here.
Since I have been recently in Saint-Malo, I could trust in the author's description of this amazing city while reading this magnificent novel.(less)
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This book...moreI received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.
This book is based on the story of Leon Trotsky assassination in Mexico.
The story begins with the Spanish revolution when the communist Ramon Mercader is convinced by the Soviets to murder Leon Trotsky .
After the death of Lenin in 1924, Joseph Stalin emerged as a leader of the Soviet Union. Even if Trotsky seems to be the heir apparent of Lenin, he lost the fight of Lenin's succession. Due to his criticism the new regime established by Stalin, Trotsky is forced to live in exile. In 1936, he finally obtained an asylum in Mexico.
The author describes the enrollment of Mercader in his mission to murder the head of the Fourth International. By arriving in Mexico he becomes a friend of Sylvia Ageloff, a rich American Jewess, whose family are known to visit Trotsky. Trotsky lived at the "Blue House" owned by the famous mexican painter Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo.
Since this book is based on a true story, the author demonstrates an extensive research work by telling the story as close as possible to the historical facts.
The book is fast-paced and it is almost impossible to stop reading once you start to be engaged in this fascinate plot.
A similar book, based on this same subject, was published in 2009: The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura Fuentes.
An interesting movie Frida (2002) was made based on the background's story, with Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush.(less)
From BBC radio 4 - Book at Bedtime: It is the 1960s, and violent revolution has come to India and America. Two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, born in Ca...moreFrom BBC radio 4 - Book at Bedtime: It is the 1960s, and violent revolution has come to India and America. Two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, born in Calcutta just fifteen months apart, have been inseparable since birth, but their paths are diverging. Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Communist movement sweeping Bengal. He will risk all for what he believes. But Subhash, the dutiful son, doesn't share his brother's political passion, and leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he returns to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind.(less)