*Thanks to Susan and Mr. Voinov...i now have a signed paperback of this! Thank you**
This is my most- reread piece of literature. I have lost count of how often i have read this . . . .
Great writing! pulled me in right away and kept me reading despite my coffee getting cold. and that means EVERYTHING!!
great character development. believable plot. believable chemistry between the main characters. could easily feel the emotions of both characters. this isn't always easily done for me with a short story.
actions scenes are done well. can feel the movement of the actions as they happen.
left me wanting for more. . . just like a good story should
will add more after the second and, most certainly, the third read . . .
second read complete (gotta love saturday naptimes) . . . what struck me this read was the nature of the intimacy, how it was written. in a short story, there are only so many words to convey the author's intention for the story. the intimate scenes here are just that, intimate while conveying to the reader the softness and emotions of the characters. not a wasted word or scene. it did not read like a sex scene thrown in for good measure!
after chatting with lisa . . . i wanted to add this part of our conversation:
i loved it!!!!!!!!!! and i do think it is a book anyone could enjoy. the history is fantastic. the characters great, and i do not usually like reading first person. i think i commented in my review that it is so well written i can feel the action scenes as they take place. i recall leaning in my seat!!!
also, i DO think it is a great read for many Americans i know . . . who do not often consider war from the view of the other sides view . . .not just the political view, but the people. it is great to read from the German POV.