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Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
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Jul 01, 2011

really liked it
Read from June 22 to 30, 2011

This is my first Alan Furst read, and it won't be my last. Someone here on Goodreads raved about this author, and others joined in the rave...and not being someone who ignores the suggestion of a new and good author, i quickly requested "Night Soldiers" from the library. After reading the first 40 pages i wondered what i had gotten myself into and what the fuss was all about...only to be hit with the wonder on page 41. Furst is an amazing author who builds a story around the tumultuous and devastating time of about 1934 to 1945...a time when it seemed the world had gone crazy fighting for what seemed to be far too many political ideologies. Fighting for so long that people soon lost any sense of what side they were on or should be on and being able only to focus on one thing...survival.

While there are many characters in this book, for the most part you follow Khristo Stoianev, a Bulgarian peasant, as he leaves his small town for first Moscow, then Spain...then on to Paris before heading back into Eastern Europe. Facism, Communism...where are the lines and where do they cross? I found myself reading and holding my breath, wanting the best outcome for the characters i'd come to know, wanting everything to be rosy and sweet...but of course, this was World War II...and rosy and sweet competed and lost against reality and injustice.

I was sad to see this book end...i read the last pages as slowly as i could to let the story linger...


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Kim This is sitting on my bedside table right now. I think I read the raves in the same place you did, Monica. I gave it to my husband to read and he really liked it. I might have to push it up the TBR list!

Monica I highly recommend it move up the TBR list!

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