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Het museum van verbroken beloftes

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,585 ratings  ·  336 reviews
Het museum van verbroken beloftes is een beeldend geschreven liefdesverhaal, gesitueerd in Praag ten tijde van de Koude Oorlog.

Parijs, het heden. Het museum van verbroken beloftes bevat objecten die zijn gedoneerd – een cakeblik, een bruidssluier, een babyschoentje – en symbool staan voor rouw of verraad. Het is een plek van verlies en hoop: bezoekers komen er om het verle
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 2020 by Ambo|Anthos (first published September 5th 2019)
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Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fascinating and intriguing story starts in 1986 as Laure Carlyle waits for Tomas to escape from Prague at the first train station stop in Austria after the Czechoslovakian border. It then switches to Paris and the Museum of Broken Promises and backtracks to Prague and Berlin in order to tell Laure and Tomas’s story. As a twenty year old Laure is employed by the Kobes family as an au pair to the two children initially in Paris but a few months later in Prague. Petr Kobes works for a Czech ph ...more
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I am so excited to be part of the Book Buzz for The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan. This lovely book is out on 02nd April, so don’t forget to grab your copy!

This book is quite emotional and heart-breaking from the very beginning until the very end. Based in Europe, in two timelines between now and 1985, we are witnesses to cold war, politics, fight for freedom and an extraordinary love story. 

Today, Laure is living in Par
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! It's been a while since a book made such a deep impact! This one totally blew me away and will stay with me for a long time.
Covering present day Paris, Prague behind the Iron Curtain and Berlin after The Wall came down, this is substance combined with delight.

Laure is the curator of the Museum of Broken Promises. A wonderful space in Paris cramped with 'fragments of lives that have not gone according to plan'. One of the objects is a piece of her own life which leads the reader to Prague a
Rachel Hall
An original concept but a disappointing execution with a cast I struggled to invest in.

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a typical audience for a love-story, I was drawn in by the original concept of The Museum of Broken Promises combined with the prospect of an exploration of some of the darkest moments in European history. The reality proved disappointing and I struggled to become engrossed by the story, partly due to a cast that failed to emerge from beyond the page and relationships that l
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, on-hold
I had been looking forward to reading this latest book from Elizabeth Buchan, an author I usually love, but the first half has proved so disappointing that I've set it aside.

I can't complain about the quality of writing, which is as good as ever. Trying to analyse my reaction to the disjointed chapter construction though, I've read other reviews and found that I'm not alone in wishing the story had been planned to run in a simpler way. The constant jumping around between time periods and places,
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw Elizabeth Buchan’s name on the programme of my local literary festival last summer, I recalled reading her books back in the day. It was before I moved home to Cornwall and I read most of them from the library, but I remember buying a copy of one of them for my mother and her enjoying it.

Those books were stories set in the recent past, and I stopped reading when the stories became more contemporary and more domestic.

When I read the programme I saw that there was a new novel that looke
books set in prague, Paris and germany

Visit the locations in the novel

From the moment I walked into the Museum of Broken Promises, I had a feeling it was going to be good. A place of wonder and lives lived. There are pieces here, ‘fragments of lives that have not gone according to plan’. It’s through one of these items that Laure, the narrator of this journey and curator of the museum starts this tale…..

Laure Carlyle works as an au pair for the Kobe family in Paris. When they move to Communist Czechoslovakia, life changes beyond a
Thank you NetGalley and Corvus books for a copy of Museum of Broken Promises.
Set-in present-day Paris and Prague in 1985 under communist rule. Laure is an au pair in Paris. Who is looking after two children and is finding it hard to keep the children occupied. When she comes across a puppet theatre, were she meets Tomas and falls in love with him. Whilst she is with him, she gets caught up in political matters.
Present day Paris Laure is a curator for the Museum of Broken Promises, where people c
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readersfirst
I thought this would be an interesting read as I really liked the concept of the museum! I found Laure a really interesting character and I think she was strong and lucky to get through the events that happens throughout the book. I found the story a bit long winded in parts and I wanted to skip to the last few chapters around half way through. The heartbreaking love story did intrigue me and I did want to know what happened but I just wasn't gripped. It was insightful but heartbreaking to read ...more
Sharon Williams
Did not enjoy sorry
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. At first I wasn't sure I would finish the book, but the more I read the more I understood the characters and their motives. I liked the backdrop of life behind the Iron Curtain. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Museum of Broken Promises is a moving account of a woman's life, touched by love, tragedy and longing. It shines a light on the difficult, slippery experience of life in Prague under communism, and portrays the beauty and pain of first love. Readers should note triggers for an explicit description of rape and physical abuse, as well as references to suicide and torture.

Laure, half-British, half-French, spends time in her youth as a naive au pair in Prague, working for a well-to-do family dur
Wonderful and haunting, this is the story of Laure and her time in Prague in the 1980's. Even though I know little about this period in history, this book really appealed to me and I’m so pleased that I gave it a go. There were two reasons why I knew I wanted to read this novel – the first, because I knew from past experience that Elizabeth Buchan is a talented and accomplished story-teller. The second was because the concept of a museum dedicated to artefacts which represent loss, grief and bro ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall, the book was ok (hence 2 stars). It was quite easy to read.

The book takes place largely in Prague, during the communist era. The saddest part was that the author seemed to just pick up some minor fun facts about Prague and the Czechs. The truth is, she does not know Prague at all, she must have spent very little time there. In the epilogue, she mentions a weekend in Prague. I must say, that is way too little to capture its atmosphere.
As a little example of the ignorance - she repeatedl
Theresa Smith
I seem to have inadvertently picked the busiest fortnight of my whole year in which to read this novel and it’s actually taken me almost the whole fortnight to read it, which is normally unheard of for me. It’s not even that long either, only 400 pages, but it’s kind of become the book that never ends which unfortunately hasn’t worked in its favour. I did have quite high hopes for this novel as I have been doing a lot of reading around the Cold War era, as you might have noticed, and this one wa ...more
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
I received this book for free for a blog tour, all opinions are my own.

I was expecting to really like this book, the blurb sounded really interesting and I was eager to learn more about the Communist regime in Prague and what it had to do with a woman in Paris who was the curator of a museum of "grief".

I have to say that I think the blurb had more promise than what the story actually gave me. It might be because I don't usually read this type of book, or maybe I just found something l
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Elizabeth Buchan has done it again, I have immediately fallen into her words and world and I am hooked, I leave not the same person I started, a little emotional, but always better for it. An inspirational read, truly wonderful about a tragic period of history, which I didn’t know that much about but the author drew me into it without any hesitation, a truly wonderful book, which i highly recommend to everyone. This book is a must read.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for a
The concept behind The Museum of Broken Promises blew my mind: a musée that displays donated objects that each represent a sense of betrayal; a woman fleeing grief as an au pair in communist Czechoslovakia; a haunting story of love amidst repression and resistance. Just as tempting was the idea of a literary journey through present-day Paris, Prague behind the Iron Curtain, and Berlin after the Fall. I dove into this book with all the optimism of a new year and a new reading goal.

I admit to b
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off really well, interesting, heartfelt and intriguing but then the awful gets fully entrenched in the Cold War and it all got lost. Would like to have seen the story to have been more about the museum and exploring peoples reasoning for taking the items.
Shaz Goodwin
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was hooked from the prologue. And as the story moves along I was pulled in deeper and deeper.

We witness some poignant scenes in the museum and through journalist May, get to see interviews where hopeful donators emotions are pared down to the core. Such pain and anguish from those broken promises. Laure’s own artefacts take us back to 1986 in Prague as an au pair to the Kobes family. This is so compelling – the atmosphere heavy and full of fear during th
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only because I am a conscientious reader did I persevere until the last page...and then, breathed a sigh of relief that I had finished! From the beginning I was unable to "suspend my disbelief" and accept the premise of a Parisian museum that housed the donated artifacts of its contributors' personal betrayals, grief and guilt: the baby tooth that hadn't been rewarded by the tooth fairy, the unused train ticket bought for a reunion with a man's birth mother. Thankfully, the author chose to minim ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
The premise of this book was beautiful. A museum of broken promises, objects that represent a promise that has been broken in the donators life (such as a little boy who donates a box the tooth fairy was supposed to leave money in and didnt)

Unfortunately the writing style just fell totally flat for me. I found the book really slow going, a lot of descriptions of paris which if you are a francophile would be right up your street but I just found myself putting it down and not being motivated to
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pigeon-books
This is a beautifully written, sad story about Laure who worked as an au pair in Czechoslovakia to two children whose father was high up in the Communist Political regime. Whilst there she falls in love with a radical political activist and musician Tomas. The story is told both in the past when she was based there and in the future where she has opened a Museum of Broken Promises in Paris."What is special to the Museum of Broken Promises is the explanations. In most museums, it is the experts t ...more
Helen Kollin Fichtel
This started off a good, solid 3 star book (with possible 4 star potential because the idea and the settings were phenomenal) but OMG just got more and more embarrassing and boring as it went on. Wooden characters, hamfisted set pieces on COMMUNISM IS BAD, timeline and plot all over the place.
I had to force myself to read the cringy rock concert and marionette theatre chapters.
An excellent idea really, really badly executed, all the more surprising as Elizabeth Buchan is normally a very good wri
Iva Krochotova
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so surprised! The novel was read really easily and it’s a great book for relax although the communism isn’t easy theme and sometimes I had a goose flesh.
I was also curious about two different timelines, because in one moment you are in Prague 1986 and another in Paris nowadays. But the story is clear and you will not be lost.
I was also amazed that the author started to write that book after her visit of the museum of communism in Prague. It was her impulse to find out more about this hard
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is one of those books you pick up just because the title sounds so intriguing. The museum of broken promises sounds like a place you would want to spend hours exploring. Digging through its secrets and finding out about people you will never meet. As I dug deeper into its premises I realized that this book would take me a lot deeper into an area had not been expecting. I think for most the events of the cold war are something that exists mostly in nonfiction books and spy novels. B ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Why a museum devoted to broken promises? Which one of us has not experienced a broken promise in our lives? Either we made it and broke it. Or, someone made one to us and failed to keep it. The consequences can be funny, tragic, fleeting or life-long. However small, however large, those broken promises matter."

Thank you Readers First and Corvus for a copy of this book.

I fell in love with the book from the first chapters. It's a historical fiction about Laure who created a museum of broken pro
Caroline Kerdouci
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a complex, emotional, thought provoking and intelligent read. It begins in the present day with Laure at her museum of broken promises in Paris. An intriguing idea for a museum where exhibits are donated by individuals who feel their chosen object represents a broken promise. I love the idea of this and it is central to the theme which alternates between the present day Laure,curator of the museum and to the time she was nanny to a family in Prague during the Cold War. It is a bleak nove ...more
Joanna Park
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this beautifully written, touching love story from one of my favourite writers.

Firstly I absolutely loved the descriptions of the museum of lost things and wish there was a real museum like it that I could visit. I think it would be utterly fascinating to explore and very interesting to learn all the stories behind the objects. I think it would be emotional to read about all the disappointments in people’s lIfe.

Laure is an interesting main character who it took me a little whi
Jane Cable
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I catch sight of a new book I just have to read as soon as possible. It doesn’t happen often and it’s always a leap of faith; will a favourite author dash my expectation of brilliance – or will they, once again, triumph.

Elizabeth Buchan’s The Museum of Broken Promises is, like her other books, a slow starter. I have learnt to be patient while she creates a tapestry of detail so rich and wonderful, holding my breath until to story tips into second, third and fourth gears and becomes un
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Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in English and History. She moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily – reviewed in the Independent as ‘a gorgeously well written tale: funny, sad and sophisticated’. ...more

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