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The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival Paperback – November 1, 2003
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It is the memories of the descent into the hell that Adolph Hitler visited upon the people of Europe, upon the life of one girl with a huge talent & a family who sent her away that she might survive.
It is memories of danger & death, as well as hope & the goodness in people's hearts, & how a dream made a girl brave & true to her heritage.
THE CHILDREN OF WILLESDEN LANE is passionate, engaging & charming, destined to find its place beside THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.
The first third of the book feels like getting reacquainted with an old friend. Despite the tragic backdrop of the era, the themes and the setting feel warm and familiar. The character development is just detailed enough to evoke the distinct identities of the major characters without setting them in stone. Instead of nailing down every conceivable detail, Mona Golabek leaves plenty of room for the reader to personalize the lead characters. As I dug deeper and deeper into the storyline, it was uncanny how I began to identify more and more closely with the central characters. It is almost as if the book was crafted to ensure that Lisa, Aaron, Johnny, Gina, Gunter, Hans, Mr. Hardesty, Mrs. Canfield and Mrs. McRae would gradually assume the characteristics of the people who have made profound differences in my life. It is worthy to note that none of the characters are completely idealized.Read more ›
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Excellent book! I saw Mona in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at The Gerding Theatre here in Portland. Inspired, I hired the book from the library. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michele of Beaverton
Wonderful, moving book and I learned about a part of history I knew very little about.Published 1 month ago by Linda Teubl
I enjoyed the book very much. Well drawn characters and interesting plot twist.Published 2 months ago by Allan
THE CHILDREN OF WILLESEDEN LANE by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Lisa Jura was born in Vienna, Austria to Jewish parents of a working class. Read more
This story is so intense that you will not want to stop reading until the end. It's definitely an all night read!Published 3 months ago by Gerald J. Fowler