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This is a well told story with some real highlights ...
on 3 October 2014
This is a well told story with some real highlights, and the fresh slant of the story told from the point of view of Turkey and those living there, gives it a real lift. However it has to be said that there are so many world war II stories of rescuing the Jewish people from the Nazis, that it has a lot to compete with. And after all, among those stories are the first-hand accounts such as that of Primo Levi. The theme of Jewish-Moslem marriages and the family conflicts they produce, has a resonance in our own time. For me the major highlight was the eventual escape on the train, the tension in the narrative about the train journey which is well done. and the dramatic and endearing story of the last ever performance of the violinist Asseo. However I found the prose style rather pedestrian although this may be down to the translation from the Turkish. Do not expect anything about Istanbul itself.