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How can you say goodbye forever when you've left an important secret unspoken?

"I'll tell you what I'm going to do," Zoltan said. "When I die, I'll leave my luck to you."

Zoltan Beck is dying. His devoted but long-suffering sons, Ben and Frank, are trying to prepare themselves and their families for Zoltan's eventual departure...but they can't quite bring themselves to
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Penguin Books Canada
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Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This story focuses on human relations. The historical background is just a shadow. I would not categorize this book under history.

It alternates between modern time and WWII, exactly what transpired at Hernyo Camp (which historically is not even listed as Nazi concentration camp, unless its under a different name).

I struggled to connect with any of the modern day characters or events. The talk of colonoscopy appointment and what transpired or a restaurant outing did not keep my interest.

When the
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic ARC of this excellent historical novel from Netgalley, Joseph Kertes, and Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am happy to recommend Joseph Kertes to friends and family. His prose flows, painting intriguing pictures of the past and the present, his protagonists are imperfect but compelling, and we see Hungary as it was, then ...more
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I absolutely HATE not finishing books, but this one has been bogging down my reading for several weeks. If it were to get any better, it probably would've happened by now. I couldn't really tell you what this story is. There is no plot, just rambling reflections and confusing time jumps. The writing style was fine, but the author kept going on random tangents that didn't seem necessary and distracted from whatever was going on. I do wish I could have finished it to have a better
Kathleen Gray
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
No spoilers for the secret of Zoltan Beck. Know that it relates to post WWII Hungary (that's no surprise) and that while he thinks revealing it will destroy his family, he's wrong. This moves back and forth between Hungary and Toronto, where he's dying. You have to give his sons Ben and Frank credit (as well as his wife). There are some humorous spot here but on the whole it's a family saga that has as much sadness as anything else. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Sylvia Barker
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this character-driven novel which tells the story of Zoltan Beck, his brother Bela and Zoltans relationship with his three sons and their families. A book I would definitely recommend. ...more
Agnes L.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked it. Weirdly, I came across a dozen or more similarities to my own life, but its probably normal as similar ethnic background as authors. A bit stereotypical but not offensively so. It is so much about a dying-out breed of persons. ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this book. Characters were believable and well rounded.
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Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It was funny, heartfelt and seamlessly alternated between two timelines. The characters were engrossing and relatable and I finished the novel in only a couple of days. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction or family dramas with comedic undertones.
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Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary (1951) but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956.

He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was encouraged in his writing by Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan.

Kertes founded Humber College's distinguished creative writing and comedy programs. He is currently Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing

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