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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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A very good read although it was too long and seemed to drag at times. the second half moved faster than the first half. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by celesta mccann james
This book. 700+ pages that stole me from the present. The story, different from so many others- but similar in its devastation. I don't even know how I came upon this book. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Sarah-Sadie
I enjoy stories that follow a family through the years and through their struggles. Some of the situations in this book, however, did not seem believeable, but overall, I really... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Lisa's Kindle
I thought I had read enough books about World War II era Jewish sagas, but this gave a new perspective. I liked that it was in Hungary. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lola
Lovely story, beautifully written. Romance through the first half of the book - sorrows of Hungarian Jews during WWII thereafter. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Cheryl W
A beautiful and horrible love story. I found myself completely transported to another time and place. Beautifully written.Published 8 days ago by D. Shively
A very powerful book that takes you on a long and engrossing journey through Hitler's impact in his reign of terror. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Carol L. Smith
It was a good read. The story was well developed and written, though at times the story turned into a long narrative which I sort of had to skim through as it did not hold me... Read morePublished 11 days ago by oneofakind
Not many books tell the story about Hungary during world war 2. This book tells the story through the eyes of a young Hungarian man who fell in love right before the war started. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Blair Wasserman