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Florian's Gate (Priceless Collection Book #1) by [Bunn, T. Davis]
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  • File Size: 2275 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 1992)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 1992
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CKAKOM
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Format: Paperback
Bunn's marriage to a Polish woman is reflected in this novel's treatment of post-communist Poland. His characters are adequately developed, and although the plot is not gripping, in truth it doesn't have to be. Life in Poland and other eastern European countries just after the fall of communism is highly intriguing without fictionalization. Bunn does an excellent job of weaving documentary research into an interesting story-line. As mentioned, his Polish wife and her contacts in Poland helped immensely in this task. His book exhibits a genuine love for Poland, and if you are interested in a good story, that also teaches a little modern history - good choice.
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I first picked this book up years ago while working at a religious book store and found I could not put it down. Bunn's pictures of post-Soviet Eastern Europe are breathtaking and have remained incredibly vivid in my memory for years. The protagonist is immediately sympathetic and interesting as a young man already bored with his life and looking for something beyond the every day. I identified with Jeffrey Sinclair the first time I read the book, and I identify even more strongly today as a twenty-something businesswoman. Equally gripping are the backdrops Bunn paints of London's high-end antique trade, Poland's back streets, and everything in between. I think that Bunn must have loved Warsaw to write about it in such vivid colors. The other books in the series are worth reading as well, but this remains my favorite. I recommend it without hesitation.
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" Florian's Gate gets 4 stars from me. This book was hard from me to decided what rating to give it as at first I thought it was to much details but as I got more into the book I understood why all the details and some of it was really interesting. This book deals with Poland and antiques.
Jeffrey Sinclair is hired by Alexander Kantor, a relative, to assist him in his antiques shop. But why is Alexander' trips and where the antiques come from such a mystery. One day while Alexander is gone away on another trip Jeffrey has to have help and decides to ask Katya Nichols to help him out. That decision leads him to hire Katya full time. There is also attraction there. One day Alexander asks Jeffery to make a trip and take Katya with him as she could translated the language. They were two stay there two days and then Jeffrey was to meet Alexander and go with him on another trip. This trip he met Gregor, another relative who was part of Alexander secret. It was on this trip that changed Alexander's life (he let go of bitter memories and gave them to God at least that is how I took the ending, if you read this book and believe something else happened I hope you will add a comment to this and let me know) and it changed Jeffrey,I know he turned backed to God. This book brings up some lessons we can all learn about suffering and why God allows it. In this book you will learn things about the war and Communists you might not have known. This book is fiction but the antiques described are real and do exist and the terrible abuse suffered by the people was based on actual fact. And once again in the end the boy gets the girl. I would recommend this book.
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I was given a book a few weeks ago called Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn . I had no idea what it was about until I looked at the back cover and notice the word "Poland." That caught my attention as I am of Polish descent. I am intrigued by Polish history and I thought I would give this book a chance.
This story was slow to start but finally accelerated half way through when I discovered what Florian's Gate represented.
The author takes us on a journey through America, London, and Cracow, Poland in search of all things : antiques. The plot line is very different as it takes us to Poland in search of valuable antiques that have been hidden away for years, only to be sold to a honest antique dealer and his apprenticed- nephew from America.
Davis Bunn has written a well-documented novel about the buying and selling of well-hidden antiques in a post- WWII and present day Poland. The devastation that Poland went through from Germany and Russia is described quite vividly. The fall of Communism and the "Solidarnosc" movement did not bring about much change to an historically war- torn country. Oswiecim, or Aushwitz are described by the main character, Alexander Kantor, as he re-visited his nightmare , having been sent there as a sixteen year old.
This novel was a reminder of man's inhumanity to man as well as asking the proverbial question: "Why did this happen, God?"
If European history, the world of antiques, and a man's struggle to bring faith in God back in his life intrigues you, I think you are going to like this book. A five star salute to Davis Bunn! Dziekuja bardzo
(This book was provided by BookFun for an honest review and opinions expressed are my own.)
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Every time I read a book by T. Davis Bunn, I think it’s the best one I’ve read. This one is no exception. It had me hooked from the first page and fast turning pages ever after. This is the story of a young man named Jeffrey Sinclair, an American, who lands an ideal job with the antiques dealer and his uncle, Alexander Kantor.

Jeffrey loves his work with the amazing antiques. The source of the antiques is a little bit fuzzy, though. Everything is shaded in secrecy, and everything in the business is based on trust. The pieces never have provenance yet they are always of the finest quality. Jeffrey begins to wonder exactly who he can trust.

Jeffrey hires an assistant named Katya. She is a beautiful, intelligent young woman who quickly becomes an indispensable asset in the London office. When Alexander needs a special traveling job done, Katya accompanies Jeffrey as interpreter, since she speaks German and Polish as well as English.

The adventure begins here, on their trip, and we are taken to some of the poorest, most needy places in Europe. People are willing to sell their treasures so that they can provide for their families, or in one case, travel to Paris before he dies.

Jeffrey meets Alexander’s brother Gregor, a devout man with many gifts. His friendship with Katya grows, and he finds out some of the secrets of the business. There are some very exciting pieces to be moved around, some hidden in the most novel places.

The author’s research is amazing. In many ways, the book is the story of his wife’s family and sticks close to their memories.

I felt like I was traveling back with the characters over real hurts, suffering, and memories that were so horrible it was impossible even to think about them.
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