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The German Girl: A Novel (original 2016; edição 2016)

por Armando Lucas Correa (Autor)

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Before everything changed, young Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family's fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they'll meet it together. Hope appears in the form of the SS St. Louis , a transatlantic liner offering Jews safe passage out of Germany. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart on the luxurious ship bound for Havana. Life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for the refugees, with masquerade balls, exquisite meals, and polite, respectful service. But soon ominous rumors from Cuba undermine the passengers' fragile sense of safety. From one day to the next, impossible choices are offered, unthinkable sacrifices are made, and the ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their doom. Seven decades later in New York City, on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents will inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family's mysterious and tragic past, a quest that will help Anna understand her place and her purpose in the world. The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana.… (mais)
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Título:The German Girl: A Novel
Autores:Armando Lucas Correa (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2016), 368 pages
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I am not fond of dual-timeline books but it they are everywhere in the WWII genre and so I do read one here and there. I was curious to read this one as it was partially based in Cuba and I did not know anything about the WWII experience there. Long story short, I didn't like any of it. Not Hannah's story, not Anna's story and it was only slightly better once they met. I never felt connected to either woman and I didn't like or even empathize with them. I didn't like the writing style either but perhaps that was due to it being a translated work. Still, I learned about the (real life) St. Louis, which reminded me of Munich Signature which had a refugee ship that was turned away from New York. I vastly preferred that book to this one. ( )
  VictoriaPL | Oct 15, 2021 |
The German Girl is a fictionalized account of the real voyage of the St. Louis, or at least in part. Being a debut novel by this author, it wasn't bad, but I felt it was padded in the wrong areas and too vague in the important ones. Being a story about the St. Louis, I was excited to read a novel based around the experience to place me in that time, but the voyage itself was a much smaller part than I would've liked. The more modern-day half of the book felt entirely unnecessary, as was the attempted link to 9/11. It was a good story but for a novel about the St. Louis, I wish there was more focus on the voyage itself, and it would've been easily able to stand on its own rather than having to compete with time for the simplistic 9/11 story. ( )
  TMLbuds34 | Jul 29, 2021 |
I think that in the current political climate, this book and this story is a must read.

I had never heard of the story of the St. Louis or any of the other ships that were part of this horrific tragedy and oversight. Very well researched and a great story, although the start was a little slow, by the end I could not put it down and finished it one day.

I recivied this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  sunshine608 | Feb 2, 2021 |
Actual rating 4.5 stars

This novel hurt to read. Not because of a bad story, but because everywhere they turned the family (Rosen or Rosenthal) had to endure more hardship than any one person would have to endure! And because of the title you would think that it is because they were living in Germany, but the US, Canada and Cuba played their own parts in hurting this family!

The authors style of bouncing back in forth thru time added to the story, in my opinion. The way lives intertwined over the years made this story move quickly. At times it could be a little hard to keep up, but once I got used to the characters I could easily see who was speaking without having to look at the title of the chapters.

There were so many heartwrenching moments in this book, but the one that stopped my heart was when Anna was with Diego at his house. They had just had lunch with his mom and his mom was clearing the table. Anna sees a book that reminds her of her dad... The book is Robinson Crusoe. The following line is what took my breath away.

"The edition is from 1939, and on the first page is a dedication in Hebrew: " "To the girl who is the apple of my eye." "

It is signed:" "Papa. " "


I absolutely loved this book! ( )
  foxandbooks | Aug 19, 2020 |
Fictionalized version of the movie "The Voyage of the Damned" that follows those few passengers in one family that disembarked in Cuba - I've never seen - I never knew what it was about, but might be interested now. Great characters and an interesting historical backdrop. A small amount of history and photos are included at the end of the book. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Before everything changed, young Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family's fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they'll meet it together. Hope appears in the form of the SS St. Louis , a transatlantic liner offering Jews safe passage out of Germany. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart on the luxurious ship bound for Havana. Life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for the refugees, with masquerade balls, exquisite meals, and polite, respectful service. But soon ominous rumors from Cuba undermine the passengers' fragile sense of safety. From one day to the next, impossible choices are offered, unthinkable sacrifices are made, and the ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their doom. Seven decades later in New York City, on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents will inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family's mysterious and tragic past, a quest that will help Anna understand her place and her purpose in the world. The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana.

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