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"Miriam Sved has woven three generations and two periods of history into a page-turning, emotional rollercoaster to remind us all that families are messy, complicated and that the repercussions of decisions made decades ago can come back to haunt you... I cannot recommend this book highly enough." Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Picador Australia
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Anna
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable book. The story is told from a range of perspectives, with each of these having a distinct voice and tone. It weaves together different time periods and characters, with connections not fully revealed until the last pages. These connections demonstrate the complexity of family relationships and friendships.

Mathematics is interwoven through the book, but it doesn't detract or distract from the story for those (like me) who are not numerically inclined. I saw the mathematical
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Patricia
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Universe of Sufficient Size is without doubt, one of the best books I've read - and I've read many wonderful books. I am indebted to Beauty and Lace and Pan McMillan for my copy, which will be shared with special people. The timelines between Budapest, 1938 and the present time are never blurred and not at any time did I lose track of the story. I did at times wonder where the story was going, but that is part of the wonder of the book.
The bond with 5 gifted Jewish students who have been drum
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Sharyn P
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
“A universe of sufficient size” is quite a different tale, focusing on mathematics that brought time onwards. At a time when Hitler was on the rise and the Jewish were being repressed a group of young mathematicians band together to solve mathematics problems and survive, finding their way to safety before the impending war. Eszter, Ildiko, Tibor, Levi and Pali continue their learning despite being removed from the Univerisity on the basis they are Jews.
Illy, daughter of Ezter, is trying to keep
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Caren
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
There were really two stories in this sometimes engaging novel: Sydney 2007 and Budapest 1938 are linked by the personal history of a Hungarian-Jewish family. Following the death of the husband and grandfather, a notebook given to Illy by her mother, who had escaped Hungary and the Nazi horror, reveals secrets that will redraw this family's self-portrait.

Although the 1938 Hungarian narrative was engaging, as were the family dynamics in 2007, the inclusion of pages and pages of mathematical theo
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Josiane
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This page-turner was a highlight in my reading year. I loved the sharp-witted writing and subtle, smart humour, the clever structure of the book, the finely detailed characters, and the powerful friendship between two young women tested under exceptional circumstances. The historical sections illuminate, among others, the less-known story of the rise of fascism in Hungary, and the contemporary sections offer a fresh angle on the new generation's distancing from the Holocaust, thus dealing with t ...more
Lyn
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I particularly enjoyed the 1938 sections, and the subsequent historical ones. I found some of the carry on with Josh in the early stages a bit boring, but I could see they served a purpose. All the Maths I skimmed over, being clueless in this area. The fact that it was based on a true story made it worthwhile. I liked how it all came together for the characters in the end in the present day. I also enjoyed the growth in the Illy character as events progressed.
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Miriam Sved is a Melbourne-based writer who grew up in Sydney, where she was largely oblivious to football or sport of any kind. Game Day is her first published novel. Her fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies including Meanjin, Overland and Best Australian Stories, and she is a contributing co-editor of the anthologies Just Between Us: Australian writers tell the truth about female fri ...more