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The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
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Dec 01, 2011

it was ok
Read from November 01 to 20, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I heard the author being interviewed on the radio and was intrigued by the premises of the story - which was based on actual events by his great grandparents on both sides.

The setting is late 1800's in Colorado with Hungary immigrants who are barely getting by. A new mother, feeling in good spirits, decides to take a walk w/her newborn & meanders onto train tracks (doh!), which happen to be on a bridge over a river. A train comes along & she throws her newborn into the water below hoping that the kids who are swimming there will rescue her son before she gets pummelled by the train. The baby is rescued but the father can't make it in America and goes back to Hungary to raise his son. This train incident actually happened in the authors' family.

The father, who was a failure in the US, suddenly becomes wordly, smart, nurturing & is able to earn $, although he was unable to have those traits in the US. (Not very plausable given the first part of the book). The son grows up, fights on WWI on behalf of Hungary. Goes through hardship & mishap & upon returning home, finds his father deceased. To the sons good fortune his father secretly leaves him his US birth papers. (hmm, the father couldn't have done this BEFORE his sone went to war??) This part of story is fabricated although the author did have grelatives who fought in WWI and immigrated to the US after the war.

Goodreads average is 4 stars but if this author didn't have these family stories as inspiration it would have been harder for him to get the book published.


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