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Once you start to read this book, you won't beI 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.
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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....more
Page 12: "So this was Anne Askew, who had left her husband in Lincolnshire to come and preach in London, and said the consecrated wafer was no more thaPage 12: "So this was Anne Askew, who had left her husband in Lincolnshire to come and preach in London, and said the consecrated wafer was no more than a piece of bread, which would go mouldy like any other if left in a box."
Internet Shakespeare Editions: Anne Askew's Examinations defies the constraints of gender and hierarchy, and attempts to expose patriarchal insecurity surrounding female involvement in traditionally male religious subjects.
Anne Askew burned at the stake. The image is provided by permission of the British Library.
Page 40: ""I come from Whitehall Palace, from her majesty the Queen. She begs you to see her." "Begs?' I answered in surprise. Queens do not beg."
In Lamentation of a Sinner, Parr follows a pattern of confession and repentance, all the while stressing the importance of Christian Scripture, an emphasis which marks her work as a Reformation text:
When I consider (in the bethinking of mine evil and wretched and former life) mine obstinate, stony, and untractible heart to have so much exceeded in evilness that it hath not only neglected -- yea condemned and despised -- God's holy precepts and commandments, but also embraced, received, and esteemed vain, foolish, and feigned trifles, I am (partly by the hate I owe to sin, whom I am content to edify even with the example of my own shame) forced and constrained with my heart and words to confess and declare to my creator, and how beneficial, merciful, and gentle he hath been always to me his creature, being such a miserable, wretched sinner.
page 179: "McKendrick, the Scottish soldier. Curdy, the candlemaker. Vandersteyn, the Dutch trader. Religious radicals, meeting for potentially dangerous discussions. Possibly sacramentarians , or even Anabaptists. And somehow, the Lamentation had come into Greening's hands."
Even if the main plot is centered on the search of Catherine Parr's stolen manuscript, the death of Anne Askew is also investigated by Matthew Shardlake since she was the only woman recorded to have been tortured in the Tower of London. As Queen Catherine, she also wrote a "dangerous" manuscript - The Examinations.
As the previous books of this series, the author intertwines into the narrative very accurate historical facts thus given more realistic aspects even if we are dealing with a fiction book. The historical characters are quite well-known to the readers but they come to life in the hands of CJ Sansom.
Matthew Shardlake series: 4* Dissolution 5* Revelation 4* Sovereign 4* Dark Fire 5* Lamentation TBR Heartstone
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 CaFrom 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.
1/10. It is the 1960s, and revolution is in the air. Brothers Subhash and Udayan have been inseparable since birth, but their paths are diverging.
2/10. As Subhash tries to make a new life in the US, a letter from his rebellious brother still has the power to shock.
3/10. As Subhash finally starts to make a life in America, tragic news arrives from Calcutta.
4/10. As Subhash learns of his brother's death, he becomes further troubled by the life now open to Udayan's widow Gauri.
5/10. Subhash hopes that the arrival of Gauri's baby will bring them together. But might his mother's prediction come true?
6/10. A trip to Calcutta threatens to unearth deeply-buried family secrets.
7/10. Subhash and Bela return from Calcutta, to shocking news.
8/10. Bela returns home with shocking news, and Subhash musters the courage to tell her what she deserves to know.
9/10. Gauri is forced to confront her past after an unexpected letter from Subhash.
10/10. After decades apart, mother and daughter finally meet....more
This is book is the winner of Man Booker Prize 2014 for fiction.
Opening lines: Why at the beginning of things is there always light? Doris Evans’ memorThis is book is the winner of Man Booker Prize 2014 for fiction.
Opening lines: Why at the beginning of things is there always light? Doris Evans’ memories were of sun flooding a church hall in which he sat with his mother and grandmother. A wooden church hall.
The book describes the life of a surgeon Dorrigo Evans while he was imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway.
He is haunted by a recent love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years ago.
In the meantime, we struggles to save his men under his command from the consequences of living under starvation, beatings, cholera and all the consequences suffered by the soldiers imprisoned during World War II.
The Burma death railway was constructed by prisoners-of-war and Asian slave labour in 1943.
Australian and British POWs lay track on the Burma-Thailand railway. Flanagan's novel explores ideas of masculinity and war. Photograph: DVA Aus
The author was born in Tasmania and he wrote this book in tribute to his father, who survived the horrors of this “death railways:” between 100,000 and 200,000 people died building the Thai-Burma Death Railway, “more corpses than are words in my novel”.
This is one the best books I have read in 2014 and certainly can be considered as one my favorites books.
Nothing endures. Don't you see, Bonox? That's what Kipling meant. Not empires, not memories. WE remember nothing. Maybe for a year or two. Maybe most of a life, if we live. Maybe. But then w will die, and who will ever understand any of this?
Days and months are travelers of eternity, he read. So too the years that passes by....more
In this book, Eleanor Catton describes the gold rush in 1866 in Hokitika, a town located in the southwest oThis book won the Man Booker Prize in 2013.
In this book, Eleanor Catton describes the gold rush in 1866 in Hokitika, a town located in the southwest of New Zealand.
By that time, the Maori have already found the greenstone, a type of jade, which is a stone that can be found easily in New Zealand.
The plot is intertwined of several minor stories. One of them is about the inheritance of a death hermit and his rightful inheritors. In the meantime, a young man, who became rich in a gold mine, disappears without any trace to be found. And apparently a prostitute, who is an opium addict, makes a suicide attempt without success.
"The Colour" written by Rose Tremain also deals with the gold rush in New Zealand even if the scenery is Christchurch, also in the South Island but in the Southeast coast. The plot moves afterwards also to Hokitika, where the gold was more abundant.
Even if both authors are non Neo Zealand natives, they were able to shown the local culture where the new incoming immigrants shared their culture with the Maori natives.
Even if it's a long book, I don't complain about its length since the author managed to keep us well connected with the story of the main characters.
As well as the cover of "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt, I also loved the cover of this book which illustrates the phases of the moon and how the narrative lengths as the story progresses.
The Hokitika River.
I am very luck to have the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and I found that The South Island is just a piece of the paradise with too many beautiful places to be visited.
‘Luminaries’ to Light Up Small Screen: Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize-winning novel, “The Luminaries,” will be turned into a television mini-series, according to New Zealand’s Greymouth Star.
NetGalley kindly sent this uncorrected proof of th
Author: Anna Hope
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: February 11th, 2014
Publisher: Random House
NetGalley kindly sent this uncorrected proof of this book. Thank you so much.
"Wake" is a multilayered story of three women, Hettie - a dance instructress at the Palais, Evelyn, who works at the Pensions Exchange and Ada who is trying to find her son alive after the end of the Great War.
In the meantime, the preparations for the burial of the Unknown Soldier to be held in London are described as a background to the main plot.
The stories of these three women are in some way intertwined since the author describes how their families have endured four years of war and the two years of its aftermath.
Even if the story is full of sad episodes suffered by the men in the front and their relatives at home, the final part is enriched with the hope of the beginning of a new era.
A very touching and unforgettable book written by Anna Hope.