Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s entire world chan ...more
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Really clunky, blocky writing and the characters didn't grab my attention.
Abandoned at 25%.
Even before then, though, the book was irritating me, primarily because of the clunky framing device and use of first-person narrative for most of the story. Gamin/Helene, ...more
Through Eliza and her notebook, Gamin is transported back to wartime Brussels, where he is an orphan at eight and a successful criminal, pickpocket and soldier for the Resistance at age twelve.
Gamin tells Eliza, bit by bit, of the most splendid farce ever committed against the ...more
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You know the type—the middle-class (or upper-class) white male type who thinks of himself as an academic or a philosopher, who drones on about censorship and quotes Areopagitica* whenever his reactionary viewpoint is threatened in the slightest. The kind who, when it comes to speech that he personally doesn't like, is more than happy to shout others down and shut them up.
The man described above will drone on and on about how he'll defend to the death your right ...more
The Ventriloquists has been described as "Ocean's 11 meets the Book Thief." The entire novel is framed by the story of a young girl named Eliza who is attempting to record the story of Helene, now an old woman, who lived in the streets disguised as a boy in Belgium during World War II. Helene tells much of the story from her o ...more
“The only way to deal with the absurdity of evil is with equal and opposite absurdity.”
I was intrigued right off the bat after reading the synopsis for this book. Having read many historical fictions that take place during WWII, it was refreshing to read one that doesn’t solely focus on the Holocaust. In this case, the story highlights a group of rogue journalists and resistance fighters who risk their lives to not only undermine the Reich but bring power back to Belgians and give them ...more
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language, and Mature Situations. The story is set in 1943 Brussels. Belgium has been occupied by the Germans since May 28 of 1940. The primary character is twelve ...more
Aubrion’s team is apprehended by the Nazis and given ...more
Therefore this is yet another DNF arc at 35%.
The Ventriloquists started out interesting, but about forty percent of the way through the book my attention wavered and then I just gave up reading it. While I liked the characters, especiall ...more
Brussels 1943 and a group of resistance writers and fighters are picked up by the Nazis. The new Minister of Perception Management is a fan and has a unique proposal - write a paper with made up articles and news about how horrible the Allies are. The group knows their days are numbered as soon as the paper is printed so they decide to go out their way by turning the tables on the Nazis and producing their own satire paper at the same time. Their story is told by a young street ...more
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