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The Invisible Bridge Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 4, 2010
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Obviously this is a historical fiction, which is different from a primary source, but the writing is authentic and either very well researched or edited by a very knowledgeable historian. So many historical fiction books lose credibility on historic slips, but this book never does. When a new radio is described, it is Bakelite, not plastic. The words painted vivid pictures that had me craving croissants in Paris and Paprika and Potato dumplings in Hungary.
But the power of this book is that it will make you appreciate your warm bed, your clean sheets and each meal and trip to the grocery store by portraying what it was like when all these things were unavailable. It has been hard to get all of these deprivations out of my head since I finished the book. I have read remarkably few books that describe the hunger of those living in Europe as eloquently as this book.
It did take me a while to get into this book. 600 pages is pretty intimidating and it is dense in Jewish and Hungarian names, but after 100 pages I was hooked and drug along. The writing is immensely readable and I felt a connection to the characters (enough so that I have to admit I flipped to the back to make sure at least someone made it through.) The book culminated in a marathon session when I just couldn't put it down.Read more ›
As Europe races towards war, a young Jew young Andras Levi travels to Paris to study architecture. Through school where he is a star, and the theatre where he works, Andras meets a parade of colorful characters. When set up with a girl, he instead falls in love with her mother, Klara. The two become swept up in a passionate affair, and in time she reveals the dark secret which forced her to flee Hungary sixteen years earlier. Orringer weaves a web of gripping digressive sub-plots, each of which pulls us along, but there is never any real doubt where these characters will end up -- Andras and Klara will spend the war back in their native Hungary.
With the library of novels written describing the Holocaust in Poland and Germany, and more seeming to appear every day, I found it fascinating to read Orringer's well researched descriptions of the experience of Hungarian Jews. Hated by the Fascist Arrow Cross Party, yet "protected" from Hitler by the regent Horthy they suffered abuse, humiliation, and often murder, but through much of the war were spared becoming grist for the mill of Nazi genocide. Hungarian Jews, as the last of Europe's great communities to be destroyed, as well as being perhaps the least considered, here receives a very fine elegy from the descendant of one survivor.Read more ›
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I loved this book. I normally do not read fiction but read a review and it peaked my interest. I took the book on a cruise and whenever I had a minute I was reading. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lexie
Wonderful exciting and a sweet love story interspersed with lots of WWII history.Published 5 days ago by Eugene V. Sperandeo
Very good historical fiction of the days before WWII in France and Hungary through the eyes of a Jewish Hungarian familyPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
By far the best book I've read in quite some time. Orringer tells a tale that spans lifetimes and leaves you thinking of the novel long after you've finished reading.Published 13 days ago by Karen
This book was fascinating, romantic, epic, dark. Orringer recreates the world of 1940's Paris and Hungary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Autumn
Julie developed every character deeply and wholly. One of the best books I have ever read and I have read thousands of books.Published 1 month ago by JAB
Although I enjoyed reading The Invisible Bridge, and found it to be a beautifully written narrative of the experiences of Hungarian Jews before, during, and after World War II,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Celeste8
The story reads like a Dickens novel, with lots of chance meetings, good and bad, old friends pop up out of nowhere, and bad luck suddenly becomes good except foe the occasionally... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Darlene M. Petri
Engaging, beautifully written book with many details of time and place that give a vivid picture of the events portrayed.Published 1 month ago by BES