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The Kommandant's Girl (Center Point Premier Romance (Large Print)) Hardcover – Large Print, Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print; Lrg edition (Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160285016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602850163
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 16.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,483,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Jenoff is the internationally bestselling author of Kommandant's Girl, The Diplomat's Wife, The Officer's Lover and A Hidden Affair. She received her Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, her Masters Degree in History from Cambridge University and her Juris Doctor Degree in Law from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pam served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army and as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. She presently teaches on the legal writing faculty at Rutgers School of Law.

Pam lives near Philadelphia with her husband and children. She would love to skype with your book club!

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poignant and intense story of loyalty, duty and betrayal --Good Book Guide

an insightful portrait of people forced into an untenable situation. --Booklist

I have not been so moved by a book in quite some time as I was by Kommandant's Girl --Historical Romance Writers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Pam Jenoff served as Vice Consul for the U.S. State Department
in Krakow, Poland. She is an expert on Poland and the Holocaust, and has
been honoured by numerous organisations for her scholarly work in this
area. She received her Master's degree in History from Cambridge University
and this is her first novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Harley Girl on 26 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I found Kommandant's Girl a highly emotive, very thought provoking story. It was different to anything I had read before. Whilst reading the book, I felt both anger and sadness, and at times was reduced to tears at the plight of Marta, made even more poignant by the fact that such treatment of people and persecution actually went on. I have never seen a book by this author in shops before - and if this is Pam Jenoff's first book then I think she has a wonderful future in writing. I would certainly by another book by her should I come across one.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Bedford on 21 July 2007
Format: Paperback
As the daughter of a Polish Catholic holocaust survivor, and always interested in the war in Poland, I did enjoy this book. However, there are continuous barbs at the Christian Poles who did not help the Jews, which upset me. The fact is that there were many, many Christians who assisted others suffering, at tremendous and immediate risk to themselves and their families. Try reading The Forgotten Holocaust by Dr Richard Lukas if you want a true picture of all the facts, without the Hollywood gloss added. There were heroes and traitors on ALL sides, and I do get fed up explaining to people that it wasn't ONLY Jews who died or suffered in the war. But, it is good for people to read this book to get a feel of the doom-ridden atmosphere during that terrible time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. Prentice on 18 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I have to say, it was the picture on the front that caught my eye. I picked it up, I read the back and took it to the desk to buy it (as I do with many books and I am yet to be disapointed by a book I have bought using this system). I have only read this book once but I think of the story quite often. I have gave it to my friend to read and I am yet to get it back, she loves it so much. It's the only story I have read to make me cry. By far my favourite book of all time - not just because of the story, but for the "what if?" factor. It gives you the ending, but allows you to imagine beyond it. A book that can do that deserves the title of a great book, I think it is a definate classic and I encourage everyone to read it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Josephina on 24 July 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was based on an excellent idea and I liked the setting - while dealing with a widely covered period of history the story comes from a lesser-known aspect of the Holocaust, namely, the resistance in Poland.

The protagonist is, however, difficult to believe in as at times difficult decisions and actions of considerable weight are reduced to simplicity. Furthermore, her emotional responses to the situation she is in are badly expressed and the author's style is extremely repetitive - count, for example, the number of times the phrase "My stomach twists" is used and it becomes clear that the author does not have the command of a particularly wide vocabulary.

While I agree with other reviewers that the story is interesting at could be at times, emotional, I do not feel the writing does justice to the subject matter as it is difficult to sympathise with such a wooden character.

The two stars I have given are for the ideas alone, not their communication.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Piglet on 1 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I found the Kommandant's Girl a very easy to read book, even the subject matter is not easy to forget, and nor should it be forgotten..It offers an insight into how the Jew were treated by the Nazi's and also how the resistance came into it's own at times..Yes there is a romantic tale to this book but the ending is not predictable...Sometimes one feels that there is some softening around the edges to add the romance in it, but also it really does manage to show how the Poles and mainly the Jews coped living in Poland when the Nazi's invaded their lives...I do not hesitate in asking people to read this, but do hope that the Jewish communities are not made to feel as if this book trivialises everything they went through during the war with the romantic element added, I myself do not believe this book does that, as the romantic element certainly as it's twist at the end...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Settle on 18 July 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was loaned to me by a friend, you could tell by the spine that it had been read many times and I soon realised why! This book is one of the best stories I have read for ages, I could not put it down. Jenoff brings the characters to life, you so desperately want them to survive and triumph. I found myself reading faster just to get to the next bit! I was sorry when I had finished the story. Unfortunately my friend wants the book back so I have just ordered 2 copies, 1 for a christmas present and one just to share with other friends. I am a 32 yr old female but think the book would be widely enjoyed by this age range both male and female and perhaps those older and younger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Spooky on 11 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I cannot praise this book enough, if i could, i'd give it 1000 stars!
It is one of my most favourite books along with its sequel 'The Diplomats Wife'.
The characters are amazing, the main character Emma just draws you in, you feel every bit of her emotion and turmoil, and as the story progresses, you cant help but also grow to like the one character that is the bad guy at certain points in the book! It throws you into turmoil over what you're feeling for the characters.
You see how both sides are real people with real emotions, its not just the goodies and the badies typical scenario, they are all torn between the sides, and what they're meant to do and feel.
It offers an amazingly detailed picture into the war, and is a great historical novel as well as romance and then there's the intrigue and the sadness, a rollercoaster ride! I did actually cry at parts, it was that moving.
Beautifully written, I read this in two days, I literally could not put this down, I was shouting out loud as I read along, sat on the edge of my seat, I was so dissapointed when the book ended, I loved it that much and just wanted it to go on forever, but thankfully, the story goes on in the next book, which is equally as good!
BUY THIS BOOK, its so wonderful! I'll certainly treasure my copy, and its one I'll read over and over. I'm so glad i stumbled across this!
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