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A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
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Apr 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

I really enjoyed spending time with these characters. Normally I don't enjoy being held apart from the characters in a novel, but in this case, I think it is important so that readers don't become bogged down in horrible fear and sadness that the Nazis brought wherever they went (and the Italian angle was totally new to me). There are so many big questions to ponder in this book on the nature of what it means to be human and how one acts to protect oneself and neighbors and strangers. I think the distance caused by so many narrative points of view aids our ability to ponder these questions. I am also impressed by Russell deft gradual introduction of these characters and the splitting of them to have so many angles from which to narrate.

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