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The Invisible Bridge
Reviewed by- linda (2012/04/01, 07:12 PM)
This is an amazing first novel, an epic tale of love, friendship, family and hardship. Andras Levi, Hungarian and Jewish wins a scholarship to study architecture in Paris. The year is 1937 - social views and laws are on the precipice of change and war is looming in the background. As the story follows Andras, his family and friends, the events that unfold will haunt you. The book brings to light the alliance Hungary formed with Nazi Germany. Hungary supported Hitler but did not initially deport its Jews and allowed them to work. Late in the war the men were forced into labor camps, and suffered intolerable deprivation. The women left behind suffered shortages of food and supplies. The characters are fully developed and multi dimensional. The bonds of family and friendship are strong; this makes reading about failed dreams and stolen lives very personal and emotional. In summary, a beautifully written debut. At 600 pages it a big book that is repetitive at times and slow in parts but one that will haunt you. Its also not your typical Holocaust novel.Back.

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