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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
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Jun 14, 2011

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Read from April 08 to 14, 2012

** spoiler alert ** An all right book. Easy read, flows quite well, but unfortunately the author did a few things I really did not like.

For one, the book has a serious penchant for the melodramatic; the tendency of people to "randomly meet" in climactic moments and the initial love story rather put me off. For another, the author practically glossed (in three chapters out of 40) over the entirety of the Holocaust of the Hungarian Jews. She spent an inordinate amount of time on the work gangs, and almost none at all on the occupation and deportation. In the meantime, though, the Hungarian Jews' Holocaust is one of the most horrific in the entire lot, because of its almost total scope, its speed, suddenness and totality. Unlike in most other places, the Hungarians arrived immediately into the death camps, and only a very small few of them were picked out to work.

Lastly, I felt the survival of the protagonists' nuclear family (wife and two infant children) to be staggeringly sappy and unlikely. It appeared to me to be achieved in incredibly contrived ways, just to let them all live. As infants were among the first to die during that period, the survival of both children felt practically surreal.

On the whole, though, I found the book to be an enjoyable one, quite a good, fast read, that did not feel bogged down by its 750+ pages.
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Nicole Your points are well taken although none of those things bothered me. For me, it was refreshing to read about life in Hungary before the Holocaust. Maybe it's because my parents are survivors and I have heard so much about the horrors of that time. My dad is Hungarian and we have so few photos of life before the war. I loved that part of the book.

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