by Otto de Kat
Chris and Julia - from the moment they meet Chris is dangerously close to love.
But their very first date in Lubeck's Grand-Cafe Elzas is interrupted by S.A.
Brownshirts. It is 1937 and Hitler's manic oratory is driving Germany towards war and fanaticism.
The independence and freedom of thought that Chris finds so attractive leads Julia to emphatically reject the Nazi regime.
It is not long before her courageous stance brings them both to the Gestapo's attention.
Soon he is forced to make an impossible choice, the outcome of which he can only regret.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857051110
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Review by starbox
'Death by his own hand. "Painless." Still, there must have been a fair amount of pain before getting this far.', June 29, 2014This review is from: Julia (Kindle Edition)The novel opens with a chauffeur finding the body of his elderly boss next to a bottle of pills and a 1942 newspaper. The succeeding chapters move between Dudok as a young man,working in Lubeck in the late thirties, and his last day on earth now. As Germany teeters on the brink of war, Dudok meets the love of his life, Julia, a spirited young woman who refuses to be swept along with the herd mentality that embraces Nazism.Their ultimatel destinies leave Dudok with a 'perennially supressed, deeply buried sense of yearning.'...I found this rather a forgettable novel, despite the subject matter.