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Love, War and Survival, 26 Jan 2007
Although this book is certainly intimidating to look at, being over 1000 pages long, it also takes a little while to get into and certainly to forgive the writer and the period for certain terminologies, and yet I can say with some surprise that this is the best book that I have ever read. Not only does the author take great care with relating historic events of the period, but her characters are equally well researched and thought out. Although none of the characters deserve our unwavering admiration or rebukes, they damn our apathy. This book is about the struggle to face the realities of changed circumstances, the ability to understand emotions which are so well concealed that even we cannot guess their true feelings. Ultimately, this book is about lose of innocence, and the selfishness of survival and whether we like it or not, every reader will see themselves in the actions and emotions of the characters, but we hope to have the ability to learn from their mistakes.