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A Voice for the Silent,
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This review is from: Painter of Silence (Kindle Edition)
Set in the early 1950s, in a Romainia still recovering from a brutal war and under communist rule, Painter of Silence follows Safta, once the daughter of a powerful business man, living in a great house where powerful men would come and visit, now a nurse with a bed in an overcrowded hostel, and Augustin, a deaf mute, son of Safta's famiy's cook and a missing father. The book explores their past together, and the events that leads them to be seperated and then reunited in a hospital in the crowded city of Iasi
Romania is a not often described country, and Harding describes it in such an evocative haunting way that it captivates and stays with you long after you finish the book. Her vast range of characters each with their own strongly developed back story and Harding's expert use of time brings the story alive and mays it a joy to read. I cannot emphaise enough what a treasure this book is, you become completely absorbed into Harding's world and never want it to end. Brilliant.