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- 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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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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.)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has such historical detail that one nearly forgets it is a novel. Read it for yourself and you will understand.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Jed Snyder
Interesting, but a little " wordy" in parts. The wordiness slows down the flow of the story.Published 6 months ago by Carolyn Hollis and Paul A. Hollis
Excitement in this book is not as intense as some of his other books. However it is balanced with the insight into the historical basis for the plot in Poland. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RA
I have read many books from Mr Bunn, but this one just seemed a little slow to me. Liked the antique business and historical side of the story quite a bit, plus the descriptions of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by PLGavin
The story was very good. Just too much religion which made the story less readable for me. Skipped a lot of pages.Published 10 months ago by M. Oehler
Very interesting reflection on Poland after the fall of Communism. We in the West forget how rough it was. Thought provoking.Published 10 months ago by Jack E Rogers
The book is long on history and short on plot. The writing at the end about the book explains it well. He listened to first hand accounts and wrote them into a book.Published 11 months ago by P Liedtke
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