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- Print Length: 286 pages
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- Publication Date: June 28, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B010MVFYAW
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Top Customer Reviews
A novel that captures the pain, heartache, trials, and even the bit of hope and romance that so many people endured through WWII.
Even though I probably could have fallen in love with the story for Time of Useful Consciousness, I did not care for any of the characters nor was I pleased with the amount of cursing and sexual conversations and actions that were present in this novel. And because of that, I dropped the book fairly quickly.
I do have to applaud the author on her writing style because I love her use of vocabulary, and the intelligent way that she wove the story together. The only reasons that this book receives such a low rating from me, is because of the above mentioned.
I give it 2 out 5 stars and do not recommend to readers who are wanting a clean WWII novel.
Louisa’s account of the year preceding her capture involves descriptions of flying, personal relationships, post-War hardships, and difficult conflict resolutions. Time of Useful Consciousness (TUC) is the amount of time an individual is able to perform flying duties efficiently in an environment of inadequate oxygen supply. The aftermath of war waged within a country is a shortage of adequate resources to rebuild its culture on a grand scale. There is also a decreased supply of personal resilience to reconnect with family and develop new loving relationships in an atmosphere low on moral identity. Some of Ott’s characters, like Louisa, react positively in the TUC physical/social environment and others negatively making for an exciting narrative. I give the novel 4 stars for its unique and interesting historical perspective.
I was given a copy of the novel by the author for an honest review.
Having survived the Nazi regime and constant Allied bombings to then be threatened by occupation and rationing of Yanks(U.S. soldiers) in her war wrecked home of Stuttgart, Germany, Louisa Unger finds a way to be free in a world that is anything but free. Louisa has only know where she could not go and what she could not do, so when afforded the chance to learn to fly an airplane, just like her father, Louisa can't say no. Flying gives Louisa an intoxicating feeling of freedom, but the freedom comes with a price. The men she works for are involved in the German black market, transporting various items for rich clientele who seem to remain untouched by the affects of the war. Louisa ultimately finds herself embroiled in danger when all she wants is to escape into the sky above with her love, brother and life, but will Louisa get that chance in a Post-World War II world?
Overall, enjoyed this book. I'm usually more fascinated with Ancient or Tudor-English history, but this story helped ignite a need to study up on my Post-World War II history. The story was told from multiple viewpoints in a nonlinear timeline, which both developed and detracted from the story. The scene would move forward in time then present then back in time, present and then present again but to another character without a time stamp or format icon to let readers know time had shifted. Historical credence in this story is within the margin of acceptable and not overly fictitious, which is great in helping readers understand the history of time period without lying to them. The story definitely showed how raw life was in Germany post Nazi regime and reading into how people chose to survive and rebuild was saddening. The greatest moments were of Louisa finding love and hope in flying, even when in the end, or beginning, it all looked hopeless, she truly was a diamond in the rough kind of heroine. So if you are looking for a glimpse into Post-World War II Germany where a young girl yearns to be free and finds happiness in flying planes only to be caught up in the black market serving the rich, guilty and evil, then this book would be good to read.
**I received a free copy in return for an honest review**
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The story starts with Louisa and her time in prison as she battles her inner and outer preoccupation with war. At times, she is mentally rushed between the past and the present and takes the reader with her on her postwar expedition. She is well adjusted and a woman of rare strength, yet one cannot help but see a numb sort of PTSD syndrome in her and the others characters. She tries to come to terms with the various elements of postwar survival and destruction of normal life for German citizens. But she is still a woman who is a tiny drop in the tsunami left by war.
Jennifer Ott has a gift for weaving characters so rich in complexity, the protagonists feel like real people who have lived and died. I like the way this book encompass other genres like romance suspense and drama. Louisa falls in love and also gets embroiled in a mystery. I would highly recommend this book!
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