Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Wow. I won't write a book description for this one because it's impossible to do it justice with a blurb.  Instead I will tell you why I loved it so much. This is definitely more than another WWII book. It's a long one, but it wouldn't have been the same reading experience if it had been cut down. One thing that I loved was that the reader gets to know the characters well before the war really takes over their lives. Although there were a lot of people in this book, the character development is wonderful and I didn't lose track of the individual stories. If someone was there, they were there for a reason. This author doesn't leave you hanging wondering why so-and-so came along.
There is a real sense of what life was like for Jewish people in Hungary and in Paris prior to the war. I saw their false sense of safety and wanted to warn them to do this or that. I would talk to my book and say, "Are you crazy? That will get you into trouble! Don't you understand?" I loved these people. I wanted to protect them.
The epilogue wasn't necessary for me, but I think it was good that she added it for readers that need a more definite sense of closure.  Your questions get answered in the story itself, but the epilogue does give a final peek into the futures of the survivors. Overall this was an excellent book. I can't imagine how she could have done better. I look forward to more from this author. I give it a very strong 5/5.


Literary Feline said...

This sounds like a book that would really appeal to me (plus I love the cover). I am glad you enjoyed it so much!

TheBookGirl said...

Great review Christine...this one is going right on my TBR list. I think it is a real compliment to the authors that despite the large number of characters, you had no trouble keeping the stories straight and never felt overwhelmed.