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The Puzzle King Hardcover – August 25, 2009
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Talk about seamless. Carter has woven a tapestry of real and imagined people and events so skillfully that there are no loose strands. Her book contains all the drama, color and dreams of the best stories---but also the drumbeat of history and the throbbing pulse of real life. Highly recommended!
The larger point of the book was the history lesson and the fact that people were saved and I understand that. It would have made a great non-fiction. I'm wouldn't read it again, but I'm glad I now know about the story.
world of commercial design. He meets and marries, Flora, a German-Jewish immigrant and they establish life in a suburb of NYC. As events in Europe during the early 1930s begin to demonstrate a gathering threat to the members of Flora's large family living in Germany, the now-Americanized couple becomes more and more aware of the certain doom that faces these people. Their responses and behavior, to each other and to the dilemma facing their relatives, make for an often touching and always fully absorbing narrative.It's an informative story told in a highly accessible and often even amusing style; this reader was fully engaged and often quite moved.The book contains an unspoken element of timeliness in that, in an entirely individualist way, it conveys the importance of speaking out and acting when world events have gone completely awry. The story of this man and woman and their action are the astonishing personifications of this idea.
This is a subtle yet powerful book, with likable characters who respoect one another and rarely shout--even when, say, their sister may be endangering her own life. The portrayal of Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s, when the seeds of Nazism are taking root, is especially poignant, and give a reader honest answers to the question of "why didn't every Jew leave?"
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Changed my mind about reading this author's works and got rid of the book shortly after I received it. No good for me.Published on December 31, 2013 by Dianne Thyret
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Wonderful characters, really brought the various eras to life. I wish there were a plot but am still glad I read it.Published on October 5, 2012 by Peter Krogh
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