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Paths in the Storm: Fascinating historical fiction

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Fascinating historical fiction from the first half of the 20th century. Many resourceful unusual characters and surprising events.


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Fascinating historical fiction from the first half of the 20th century. Many resourceful unusual characters and surprising events.

34 review for Paths in the Storm: Fascinating historical fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a clean story of some Jewish families who endured persecution during the world wars. Sometimes the story has too much detail about clothing and household items, slow moving at times, but I still wanted to know the ending.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Key

    This is a very informative read about the anti-Semitism that existed in Europe prior to WWII and after from the perspective of a young Jewish man. However, the writing itself is disjointed and difficult to connect with because of the style of writing. It needed more editing prior to being published. I kept reading to find out what happened to the young man, but the ending was very abrupt.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Based on a true story, this is the tale of 20th century Europe as seen through the eyes of two Jewish families. Marek comes from a family of medical doctors. He just wants to complete his studies, despite the increasingly harsh conditions for Jews. He is forced to keep moving from school to school, country to country. Max is obsessed with the new technology of moving pictures; he just wants to make films. This leads to several "relationships" with his female co-stars. Living in Soviet-occupied War Based on a true story, this is the tale of 20th century Europe as seen through the eyes of two Jewish families. Marek comes from a family of medical doctors. He just wants to complete his studies, despite the increasingly harsh conditions for Jews. He is forced to keep moving from school to school, country to country. Max is obsessed with the new technology of moving pictures; he just wants to make films. This leads to several "relationships" with his female co-stars. Living in Soviet-occupied Warsaw, as a well-to-do family, one of the families is rounded up, and forcibly deported (in a cattle car) to Soviet Central Asia. They are expected to become farmers. This is despite the fact that the soil is very bad for farming, and, as city dwellers, they know nothing about farming. After several years of bare survival, things improve slightly when they are reunited with an uncle who was similarly deported. They are able to get decent, non-farming jobs in a big mining town. The level of storytelling in this book is excellent, from start to finish. For anyone who wants to know what WWII era Europe was like, at the individual, or family, level (not at the history textbook level), this is the place to start. It is a first-rate piece of writing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Emery

    I liked the historical background to the evolving story. It really added another element to the story and gave it heart. I think the fact that the author knows the history of what she is writing really shines through. I loved the book from beginning to end. I found this to be very moving at times. I'm so glad I took the time to read this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Paul

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris L Moore

  7. 4 out of 5

    Myrna Maier

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Garcia

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sigalit Eshet

  10. 4 out of 5

    yathirajan narayan

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    Ellen Rosen Singer

  12. 4 out of 5

    tal mozes

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Green

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Hejkal

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Kuekes-Patel

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    Annie Telovelo Tonsillar

  17. 5 out of 5

    charles sherman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marty Lowery

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dante

  21. 4 out of 5

    RForbragd

  22. 4 out of 5

    judy davis

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Boger

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    Rebecca Schueneman

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debra Guyette

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Fike

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rita Wray

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alan Saxon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hurt

  30. 4 out of 5

    SD

  31. 5 out of 5

    Calvin

  32. 5 out of 5

    Leann

  33. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Stewart

  34. 5 out of 5

    joel horowitz

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