The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted
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The setting takes place in Australia and the year is 1968, twenty four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. The book also goes to the past about the horror of what happened to her and her little boy in the concentration camps.
Tom Hope is a farmer. His wife Trudy leaves him and he is so broken hearted. He really loved her. She then comes back to him after she is pregnant by another man. Then she decides to leave him again to go to the Jesus camp. ...more
There are definitely broken hearts in the story but not that much about the bookshop. Tom Hope is an Australian farmer and has had some terrible times mainly because of his choice in partners. He is a pretty quiet guy and when he meets Trudy who is young, vivaci ...more
The success of this story hinges upon the appealing character of Tom Hope. The story takes place in a farming community in Australia called Hometown. Tom lives and works on the farm left to him by his Uncle Frank. Tom's good at a lot of things, but most of all, he's a good man. He can cook a wonderful breakfast and dinner, but can also build bookshelves, raise bountiful crops, tend to the "woolies" (sheep) a ...more
First of all, let's be clear, while the title refers to a bookshop, this novel isn't particularly about the bookshop. There's a whole subgenre of bookstore fiction, sure to warm the hearts of booklovers everywhere. This isn't one of those books.
Set in Australia, The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted tells the story of Tom, a lonely man who's been unlucky in love. Tom is a sheep farmer who lives a contented, quiet life, until his wife Trudy deserts him and takes away Peter ...more
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted is a novel by award-winning Australian author, Robert Hil ...more
Huge thanks go to Net Galley and Putnam Penguin for the review copy. It will be available to the public April 9, 2019.
At the outset, Tom’s last name seems cruelly ironic, because the guy can’t seem to catch a break. Trud ...more
After his wife goes away for a second time Tom meets Hannah a survivor of Auschwitz and the new owner of the towns bookshop he finds love again.
I really like the character Tom and his son Peter and very much enjoyed this book.
I would like to ...more
Tom was shy, Trudy wasn't happy.
Trudy left Tom, came back pregnant, left again without her son, Peter, then came back again to take Peter away. Taking Peter away devastated Tom because he grew to love Peter and was the main caregiver even though he wasn't Peter's father.
Tom decided he had to move on with his life since he was only thirty three, and he found Hannah to help with that. Hannah moved a bit too fast for Tom, but it all worked out.
Tom was shy, Hannah was bolder. Tom had tragedy in his ...more
My expectation was way off for this book. I was expecting a light romance kindled in a bookstore. So far from the actuality of this novel.
I felt that the book started out well, I really liked the main character Tom and also liked Peter, the son of Tom's wife. I also enjoyed the farm setting. I was still okay with the story when Tom met Hannah and helped her ...more
I thought the author conveyed a genuine sense of place and loved the descriptions of sheep farming. I felt an emotional attachment ...more
After her release in WWII and a brief marriage to a weird ...more
Robert Hillman has pressed all the buttons and normally, that would make me wary. But despite myself, I fell under the spell of this book. It’s set in the late 1960s in rural Australia, where two lonely people meet. One is ...more
Do you see how things can turn out? Do you see that the world is big enough to make certain things possible? That thirty-six years ago the German Student Union could hold a rally in Opernplatz, Berlin, and burn twenty-five thousand books, many written by Jews, the students rejoicing in their festival of loathing, and now this, in Hometown. Hannah’s bookshop of the broken hearted, a thing of beauty.
In a letter from the author at the beginning of my ARC of The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, Rob ...more
Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Sudden Light
‘I couldn't put this book down. An unforg ...more
I did like the book, but also had several things I thought weren’t the best.
Some parts are unevenly long or short. There seems to be a lack of coherence. Too many people leave and come in a very abrupt way and it is not always psychologically credible. These and o ...more
Tom Hope is one of those stand-up strong men that should have a wonderfully happy life. Unfortunately, Tom doesn't fall into that camp. He's an Australian farmer and thrilled that pretty Trudy has married him. Farming life doesn't suit Trudy, however, and she leaves him broken hearted. Years later she turns up pregnant and wants to make another go of their marriage. Of course, Tom takes her back in and finds that he loves being a father and discovers joy in raising P ...more
It is 1968: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Migrating to Australia she meets solid, reliable Tom Hope and he is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.
Good story, Tom and others move the story along while the past is lived again through Hannah and how she survived Auschwitz and the war.
In rural late-1960's Australia, a handyman farmer has loved and lost when his wife cheated on him and then left because he's not exciting or interesting enough, but then he is hired to update a shop in town and build bookshelves for the new somewhat eccentric and exotic Jewish bookseller. Hannah Babel sees him as someone special. Tom is captivated, but he doesn't quite understand the whole of what he is facing when he gives love another opportunity.
Hannah Babel has survived two ...more
Robert Hillman is quite the author. There's a sparsness to his writing, and yet each character is wonderfully drawn, I feel as if I know each of them intimately. I could "see" the landscape, the buildings and settings. Just really well done, kudos.
Hannah is a Jewish, middle-aged Hungarian woman w ...more
Trudy does return ... pregnant by another man. He may not be much of a farmer or a husband but Tom is a wonderful father to their son, Peter.
Trudy eventually takes off again, leaving Peter with Tom when she joins a holy roller community that Tom calls "Jesus Camp".
When Trudy returns for Peter a couple years later, To ...more
Trudy, along with Peter, begins a new life in a “religious” cult. The strict laws that they are force ...more
After many years of teaching in high scho ...more