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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
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Aug 01, 10

bookshelves: historical-novel, jewish, reviewed, romance
Read from July 20 to 26, 2010

The Invisible Bridge starts as a beautiful love story set in Paris in the 1930s, and becomes a chilling tale of hardship and survival as World War II sweeps through Europe.

The main character, Andras Levi, is a poor Hungarian Jew who wins a scholarship to study architecture in Paris. We follow his missteps and successes as he makes his way in the unfamiliar culture of France, falls in loves and confronts rising anti-Semitism.

Julie Orringer has done a beautiful job of recreating the world of Paris between the wars, and making us experience her character's struggles and triumphs. In the second half of the book, the action moves to Hungary, as Andras and his family struggle to survive the war years.

Orringer based the story on events in her own grandfather's life, and she succeeds brilliantly in eliminating the rarely told story of Hungary's Jews during the war years.

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