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Meh About This One It about this one It sweet and funny but it s fairly light The tone was good but the writing or perhaps translation didn t do anything for me A holocaust survivor love story crossed with How I Met Your Mother It will find an audience I m sure but isn t really my thing I received a copy of this novel in a Goodreads giveawayThe poor guy in this book just can t catch a break After surviving this novel in a Goodreads giveawayThe poor guy in this book just can t catch a giveawayThe poor guy in this book just can t catch a After surviving atrocities of the Holocaust during WWII and being rescued from one of the concentration camps he gets sick while on board a boat to Sweden and a doctor has to perform an emergency procedure Unfortunately Mikl s has only half a year left to live his life according to the doctor who diagnoses him with tuberculosis Mikl s is determined to make the most of it though and he starts sending out Copy received courtesy of NetGalleyIt s so rare that Hungarian or Polish or Estonian writers get translated into English that I m always eeping an eye out for works from that portion of the continent So when notice came up on NetGalley of this one translated from Hungarian I decided to take a chance Even thought that meant my rule of avoiding fiction about the Holocaust But in a way I haven t broken my rule because this book reads like the fictional overlay is so light as to be ephemeral it s based on the love letters exchanged between the author s parents found by him after his father s death He had never been told their story a silence that I have discovered in meeting children of survivors that is not unusual at all It s three weeks after the end of World War II and Miklos one of just over two hundred concentration camp survivors is being shipped to Sweden for hospitalization He s a mess no teeth bashed in face weighing about 64 pounds and coughing up bloodBut when he gets to the hospital he has written to the Swedish Office for Refugees and obtains the names of 117 Hungarian young women whom various hospitals are trying to bring back to lifeMiklos has exuisite handwriting and he sends letters to all 117 of them because he wants to get married And out of the few who write back to him he decides that Lili is the one for him and sets about trying to woo her by letter while meanwhile dealing with the fact that the doctors give him six months to live and try to talk him out of itEighteen year old Lili in her hospital is a bit of a pet of her doctor who watches carefully over her we find out later that she lay with hundreds of starved to death concentrati. Twenty five year old Holocaust survivor Miklós is being shipped from the Bergen Belsen concentration camp to Gotland Sweden to receive treatment at the Larbro Hospital Here he is sentenced to death again he is diagnosed with tuberculosis and his doctors inform him that he has six months to live But Miklós decides to wage war on his own fate he writes 117 letters to 117 Hungarian. .
He backbone of the story is Rabbi Emil Kronheim who travels
endlessly calling on Jews to help them if he can orcalling on Jews to help them if he can or to listen There is a powerful conversation between Miklos and the Rabbi later in the book about being Jewish and God Miklos is an atheist and a communist a very enthusiastic communist which opens up another door into painful poignancy because we now what s going to happen with respect to the Iron Curtain and the Rabbi exhorts him not to turn away from his fellow Jews God or no God And he exerts himself on behalf of this coupleLikewise Lili had on her rescue thrown away her Jewish background and claimed a random Catholic name for her mother which resulted in her being fostered by a Catholic family Of course the Refugee office can t find her mother under the false name and therein is yet another short but powerful poignant bit when Lili s mother comes into the storyTo conclude the book is not long and its form is episodic told in an often tongue in cheek manner but it has stayed with me in the several weeks since my reading I particularly recommend it to readers who enjoyed The Hare
With Amber Eyes AAmber Eyes A love story of Jewish survivors from the concentration camps after WW II The author is a Hungarian film director and the book is translated from the Hungarian He based the story on love letters between his parents that he found after their deathsSweden had taken in hundreds of survivors from the camps and housed them in men s and women s facilities His parents were both recovering from severe malnutrition and disease in fact his father s diagnosis from TB gave him six months *To Live But His *live but his refused to believe that He started looking for a wife by sending hand written letters to 117 women from the area where he grew up He won one woman over with his letters They met months later because their re hab facilities in Sweden were hundreds of miles apart and eventually they married The story contains many uotes from their letters back and forth We do not learn about the horrors of the camps except in shocking snippets For example we learn that his father was forced to burn bodies of victims at Bergen Belsen and that his mother was pulled out of a pile of dead bodies when the camp was liberated and a doctor happened to notice a finger move in the pileAn uplifting story of love and survival told with tenderness and humor Group photograph of Jewish female survivors of Bergen Belsen now convalescing in Sweden posted by Helen Laks. Exchange of letters becomes increasingly intimate When the two finally manage to meet they fall in love and are determined to marry despite the odds that are against themBased on the original letters written by Miklós and Lili ninety six altogether Fever at Dawn is a tale of passion striving and betrayal; true and false friendships; doubt and faith; and the redeeming power of lov.
REVIEW Ã PANDORARINGSJEWELRY.US Ò Péter GárdosOn camp victims when her camp was liberated But the doctor happened to turn happened to look and caught the movement
of her finger Now she has idney problems but she too ignores those as sheher finger Now she has idney problems but she too ignores those as she two young women who talk about love men and put together concerts for fellow women but which end up packed by male patients as well One encourages her to answer the letter and look for romance the other does with ambivalence and is increasingly dismayed as the unlikely friendship develops and does her best to torpedo itThe story switches back and forth between the two with excerpts from their letters The form is somewhat choppy the novel reads like a novelized screenplay except the details are poignantly sometimes painfully often hilariously real The voice is humorous but the truth resonating from some of the details never lets the reader forget the horror of those relatively few years that shaped the rest of their lives and had so strong an impact on their children Like Lili being excited to transfer to a new hospital until she sees that it has a tall central smoke stack Detials
#like that hit hard in the otherwise warm vivid flowWhen Miklos gets on the train to meet Lili at last one #that hit hard in the otherwise warm vivid flowWhen Miklos gets on the train to meet Lili at last one the lenses of his glasses is broken so he stuffs the frame with newspaper never giving it a second thoughtI suspect that to get the full impact of many of the casually thrown away details the reader needs to be aware of how concentration camps were run and after the war was over the fact that there were some twenty million displaces persons in Europe most of them with nothing left but the ragged clothes they stood up in And how stressed the war exhausted nations like Sweden were yet still they managed to find ways to take In These Broken People these broken people them to health and try to find the remnants of their families and homes The details are sometimes hilariously haphazard underscoring how in spite of the excruciating mental physical emotional cost of their experience there is still a strong yearning for hope for life These people want to live like Miklos s friend who is worried that he can t get an erection as he wants to find a woman but there are limits Another lugubrious man receives notice that his wife is alive after all and the entire dormitory parades around singing to celebrate with him but Miklos had heard witnesses say that she d been shot down by SS guards and he can t bear to speak upThough Miklos and Lili and their vividly evoked friends are at the center Girls all of whom are being treated in the Swedish camps with the aim of eventually choosing a wife from among themTwo hundred ilometres away in another Swedish rehabilitation camp nineteen year old Lili receives Miklós’s letter Since she is bedridden for three weeks due to a serious Shame On Her Volume 3 kidney problem out of boredom and curiosity she decides to write backThe slightly formal.