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I m trying to remember if a book has ever made me cry this hard The Book Thief, maybe.As I assured my little brother when he crawled out of bed to make sure I was okay, I wouldn t be so upset if I didn t like the book I only cry for characters that I love My dog, who actually came to my aid before my brother, didn t seem to care what I was reading He just climbed up onto my bed and snuggled up next to me and licked my tears away.The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer begins in 1937 with 22 y I m trying to remember if a book has ever made me cry this hard The Book Thief, maybe.As I assured my little brother when he crawled out of bed to make sure I was okay, I wouldn t be so upset if I didn t like the book I only cry for characters that I love My dog, who actually came to my aid before my brother, didn t seem to care what I was reading He just climbed up onto my bed and snuggled up next to me and licked my tears away.The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer begins in 1937 with 22 year old Andras Levi departing Hungary for Paris to study architecture after securing a scholarship at the Ecoles Speciale By chance, he is asked to carry a letter with him to France, addressed to C Morgenstern, with whom he begins a rather complicated relationship as everything in Europe begins to disintegrate.Okay, I ll admit this first I have never heard anything about the Hungarian Holocaust before I don t think I ever even realized that Hungary was involved in World War II In school, you hear a lot about the French occupation and the Warsaw ghetto, but not a word about the devastation that was brought on Hungary too Hungary, whose leaders allied themselves with Germany, and then enslaved their Jewish men and forced them to fight for the Nazi army while their wives and children back home were murdered.Back to the story The Invisible Bridge pulled me in to Andras s life in Paris His mentors and friends and loves and enemies The entire first half of this 600 page tome was hardly a light story, but it wasn t yet a description of the indescribable horrors that would come later It reminded me almost of Anna Karenina, the way that the every day life of the characters was so fleshed out They became real You could understand the souls of these fictional characters.By the time the events of second half of the story were unfolding in their horrifying detail, I was too invested in the lives of the characters to stop reading I did, I admit, put the book down for hours at a time, too afraid to keep reading for what might happen, but I always went back and pressed onwards The Twelve Days of Reading The Invisible Bridge A NovelOn the first day of reading this, the thought occurred to meIt starts off engagingly.On the second day of reading this, the thought occurred to meMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the third day of reading this, the thought occurred to meUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the fourth day of reading this, the thought occurred to meWay anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue p The Twelve Days of Reading The Invisible Bridge A NovelOn the first day of reading this, the thought occurred to meIt starts off engagingly.On the second day of reading this, the thought occurred to meMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the third day of reading this, the thought occurred to meUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the fourth day of reading this, the thought occurred to meWay anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the fifth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the sixth day of reading this, the thought occurred to meJewish inconsistencies ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the seventh day of reading this, the thought occurred to meTwo dimensional villainsJewish inconsistencies ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the eighth day of reading this, the thought occurred to meExcess detailTwo dimensional villainsJewish inconsistencies ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the ninth day of reading this, the thought occurred to meCringe worthy humorExcess detailTwo dimensional villainsJewish inconsistencies ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the tenth day of reading this, the thought occurred to meWikipedia historyCringe worthy humorExcess detailTwo dimensional villainsJewish inconsistencies ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the eleventh day of reading this, the thought occurred to meHolocaust exploitationWikipedia historyCringe worthy humorExcess detailTwo dimensional villainsJewish inconsistencies ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasBut it starts off engagingly.On the twelfth day of reading this, the thought occurred to meWhy did I slog through this Holocaust exploitationWikipedia historyCringe worthy humorExcess detailTwo dimensional villainsJewish inconsistencies ThisisaHARLEQUIN Way anachronisticUnrealistic plot twistsMary Sue personasWell, it started off engagingly Whew What a book This book was very, very good This is NOT however, a book you would race through If you want a book that is going to be a quick read, this is NOT it However, if you want a thought provoking, beautifully written story that will wash over you like a warm bath..then this is for you There were times in this book where I had to set it aside..because I just felt like I needed a break this book was pretty lengthy I am a very speedy reader, too This book however, was not a boo Whew What a book This book was very, very good This is NOT however, a book you would race through If you want a book that is going to be a quick read, this is NOT it However, if you want a thought provoking, beautifully written story that will wash over you like a warm bath..then this is for you There were times in this book where I had to set it aside..because I just felt like I needed a break this book was pretty lengthy I am a very speedy reader, too This book however, was not a book I wanted to rush through It felt as if the author wanted to take me on a journey, and I was going to let her I wanted to savor this book Take away Take your time on this one Let the story sink in You will be happy you did.The book centers on Andras Levi, a young Jewish man living in Hungary at the start of WWII This book spans throughout the entirety of the war We meet different characters that are pertinent to Andras Levi s life, such as Klara, a love interest.What I liked most about this book was the character development between Andras and Klara They were characters you just want to love and root for Ultimately, this is a book I will not soon forget If you are a lover of historical fiction, than this book is for you Further, I d recommend this to fans of We Were the Lucky Ones This is not just another wwII holocaust read Although, I did hesitate to pick it up but only for a moment as I read several stunning reviews that suggested I better take a look at it I m so grateful I did This is an epic story It s 1937 pre war Hungary Three brother s lives are diverging At the core, is the story of one brother, Andras, who goes to Paris to study On arrival he finds friendship, love, and passion Then the horrific war begins The atmosphere is heavy laden with sadness, This is not just another wwII holocaust read Although, I did hesitate to pick it up but only for a moment as I read several stunning reviews that suggested I better take a look at it I m so grateful I did This is an epic story It s 1937 pre war Hungary Three brother s lives are diverging At the core, is the story of one brother, Andras, who goes to Paris to study On arrival he finds friendship, love, and passion Then the horrific war begins The atmosphere is heavy laden with sadness, grief, devastating loss and yet, the impossibility of hope and faith.Beautifully and stylistically written, this is a valuable read to add to the wwII era of unforgettable novels It is remarkably well written whose 600 pages read as 300.Highly recommend but know this will be an emotional one 5 It isas though I layunder a lowsky and breathedthrough a needle s eye W.G Sebald, Unrecounted However this lengthy debut novel with epic aspirations promisingly enough starts with a gripping quote by W.G Sebald and despite the noble intentions of the author, partly inspired by her grandparents experiences in their survival of the Holocaust, as a whole this book in the end frustrated and slightly exasperated me, even if my expectations on it actually were not very high When I heard my real l It isas though I layunder a lowsky and breathedthrough a needle s eye W.G Sebald, Unrecounted However this lengthy debut novel with epic aspirations promisingly enough starts with a gripping quote by W.G Sebald and despite the noble intentions of the author, partly inspired by her grandparents experiences in their survival of the Holocaust, as a whole this book in the end frustrated and slightly exasperated me, even if my expectations on it actually were not very high When I heard my real life reading group chose it as our opening read for the new reading year assuming at that moment the novel entirely fictionalised I admit wrestling with my own personal bias towards the book, thoughtlessly inclined to classify it as another book by a young American author having written a fictionalised Holocaust tale, with a syrupy love story at the centre or another novel in the line of The Book Thief or Everything is Illuminated Unfortunately, basically it turned out to be such a tale, be it maybe less sentimental than Markus Zusak s and farserious in tone than Jonathan Safran Foer s less imaginative, also As apparently not sharing the positive consensus on this novel in the group discussion last week and bearing the rave ratings here on GR in mind, it seems unwise to expound further on the story itself, other readers have already substantially explainedeloquently than I can why reading Orringer s novel can be a frustrating experience My thoughts pretty much concur with Wendy s and Katie s in depth analysis of the story and Orringer s style Wondering why this novel didn t work for me, I came across this quoteOn the floor was a thick red rug that smelled of woodsmoke on the bed, a butter colored bedspread made from a torn theatre curtain And beside the hearth was a deep low armchair of faded vermilion plush, a reject he d found one morning on the sidewalk in front of the building It had been lying facedown in a posture of abject indignity, as though it had tried and failed to stagger home after a night of hard drinking The chair had a droll companion, a fringed and tufted footstool that resembled a shaggy little dogMaybe it is just me cringing at such sentences maybe other readers would too, as Orringer perseveres in this level of detailistic description throughout the whole novel, smothering the relevance of her subject, the pace of the story and the reader s willingness and ability to empathize with the protagonists in her oddly overwrought style, her adjectivitis, her extravagant use of colour, her adorning every ray of light with silver and gold, her unfaltering illumination of the elegance of the hats and stylishness of her characters even when threatened by deportation and death The novel painfully illustrates what distinguishes a lavish, delightfully lyrical or musical style from purple prose, vexingly spackling up every possible crack or crevice still left in the reader s imagination Orringer s style and the supremacy of the mawkish love story are regrettably detrimental to her pursuit for verisimilitude notwithstanding her admirably thorough research on the persecution of the Jews of Hungary during WWII, the gradual deprivation of their rights, their forced service in labour camps munkaszolg lat and the eventual deportation to the extermination camps once Horthy couldn t resist the pressure of his Nazi allies any longer from March 1944 onon this on In our reading group there was a certain irritation with the high degree of accidentalness to the story, the numerous lucky strikes saving some of the characters in the story, which however struck me as not such an uncommon viewpoint in the context of the Holocaust Survival, even if not altogether random, after all in some respects was a matter of sheer coincidence, which is poignantly evoked by the famous poem Any Case by Wislawa Szymborska, which Julie Orringer integrally includes to close the story and which could be seen as a poetical summary of the plot of the novel It could have happened.It had to happen.It happened earlier Later.Nearer Farther off.It happened, but not to you.You were saved because you were the first.You were saved because you were the last.Alone With others.On the right On the left.Because it was raining Because of the shade.Because the day was sunny.You were in luck there was a forest.You were in luck there were no trees.You were in luck a rake, a hook, a beam, a brake,a jam, a turn, a quarter inch, an instant.You were in luck just then a straw went floating by.As a result, because, although, despite.What would have happened if a hand, a foot,within an inch, a hairsbreadth froman unfortunate coincidenceSo you re here Still dizzy from another dodge, close shave,reprieve One hole in the net and you slipped through I couldn t beshocked or speechless.Listen,how your heart pounds inside of meTranslated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare CavanaghThe Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial in Budapest by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer to honour the people who were killed by a fascist Arrow Cross militia in Budapest during World War II They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river Observing that many other readers were deeply moved by Orringer s fictional Jewish Hungarian family, I humbly admit I wasn t If reading on the Holocaust I d rather recommend Tzili The Story of a Life by Aharon Appelfeld, Austerlitz by W.G Sebald, Mendelssohn is on the Roof by Ji Weil and Vielleicht Esther, Katja Petrowskaja s account on her family and the Babi Yar massacre to be published in English in November This book is WONDERFUL Julie Orringer is both a great storyteller and a great writer Excellent Historical Fiction.UPDATE 2015 Here is another book I read 5 years ago soooo good I remember every detail Read it when it first came out then a couple years later with my Jewish book club I m sitting here today reading while on the bike at the gym at the moment and a GR s sent me a note about how much she loved this tooThen I had the pleasure to read many of my friends reviews This book is WONDERFUL Julie Orringer is both a great storyteller and a great writer Excellent Historical Fiction.UPDATE 2015 Here is another book I read 5 years ago soooo good I remember every detail Read it when it first came out then a couple years later with my Jewish book club I m sitting here today reading while on the bike at the gym at the moment and a GR s sent me a note about how much she loved this tooThen I had the pleasure to read many of my friends reviews I m not sure we had been friends on this site yet when area read it If you ve not read it You just won t be bored for a second actually reminds me of another book I finished just 10 minutes ago The Debt of Tamar As far as lush storytelling..Treat yourself and read all the many great reviews Better yet if in the mood for a page turning historical fiction You won t go wrong with this one And WHY has the author not written another book yet I d read her in a second For a long time I thought the author was writing about members of her own family so idealised and sentimentalised were the depiction of all the relationships in this novel When she isn t writing about relationships she writes really well so it was the only explanation I could find for this relentless alienating sentimentality Further enhancing this idea was the strange structure the first 300 pages are set in Paris Then, suddenly, the entire cast is uprooted to Hungary Paris, the equivalen For a long time I thought the author was writing about members of her own family so idealised and sentimentalised were the depiction of all the relationships in this novel When she isn t writing about relationships she writes really well so it was the only explanation I could find for this relentless alienating sentimentality Further enhancing this idea was the strange structure the first 300 pages are set in Paris Then, suddenly, the entire cast is uprooted to Hungary Paris, the equivalent of a central character, is completely dropped Sometimes you have to wonder if setting a novel during WW2 and employing Jews as central characters isn t just an easy way for an author to shoehorn into the narrative a huge amount of pre supplied dramatic tension Klara and Andras rather clich d romance only held my interest because I knew the Nazis were coming The Invisible Bridge is an old fashioned, conservative and somewhat predictable novel The prose is weighty, the narrative is chronological and loaded with long descriptive passages Every character is intensely earnest, always guarding his or her dignity We never see any character with his or her trousers down we never see any character mucking about Those moments that reveal the vulnerable and touching humanity of characters are completely absent in this novel At the same time it bears all the hallmarks of romance fiction He s poor, she s rich she has a mysterious secret he ispassionate than most they are both beautiful and uncommonly gifted Andras relationship with his professor is ideal, Andras is the best student, his relationship with his brothers is ideal, his love for Klara is ideal, Klara is the best dancer in her company Everyone in this novel is uncommonly gifted They weren t like real peoplelike automatons programmed to always behave in an idealised way Also, I can t think of a single reason why this novel needs to be 758 pages long It takes ages to get going and then it takes ages to end When war begins for real the author has no further need of emotional melodrama and the novel massively improves as a result Unfortunately, for me the damage had already been done I didn t like the two lead characters at all I was weary of all the rather crude manipulation the author had resorted to in order to make them loveable When she isn t writing about relationships she writes really well So I was left bewildered why she focused so heavily on the corny romance theme Basically you d have to be a diehard romantic to enjoy this and I ve discovered I m not I will just copy my FBC Review here INTRODUCTIONAs I mentioned in a recent review, sometimes books come out of nowhere, hijack my reading schedule and it takes a while until I can un weave the magical spell they had exerted on me and leave their universe, usually needing at least one complete reread as well as an immediate review.The novelistic debut of the author, The Invisible Bridge attracted my attention by its fascinating cover in a Borders bookstore several days ago and the blurb below mad I will just copy my FBC Review here INTRODUCTIONAs I mentioned in a recent review, sometimes books come out of nowhere, hijack my reading schedule and it takes a while until I can un weave the magical spell they had exerted on me and leave their universe, usually needing at least one complete reread as well as an immediate review.The novelistic debut of the author, The Invisible Bridge attracted my attention by its fascinating cover in a Borders bookstore several days ago and the blurb below made me open it I got hooked on the first page which you can read in the extract linked above and I stayed way, way too late to finish the novel since I really needed to find out what happens with the main characters, while rereading it at leisure during the next few days Paris, 1937 Andras L vi, a Hungarian Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C Morgenstern on the rue de S vign As he becomes involved with the letter s recipient, his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena, their younger brother leaves school for the stage and Europe s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty From the Hungarian village of Kony r to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras s garret to the enduring passion he discovers on the rue de S vign , from the despair of a Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the unforgettable story of brothers bound by history and love, of a marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family s struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war FORMAT CLASSIFICATION The Invisible Bridge stands at about 600 pages divided into five parts and 42 named chapters with an epilogue some decades later The novel spans the turbulent years from 1937 to 1945 with action mostly in Paris, Budapest and various labor camps on or behind the Eastern front lines where Hungarian Jewish males were conscripted as forced laborers for the army instead of as soldiers, since they were considered unreliable to be given weapons and training to use them.The novel follows the intertwined destinies of the lower middle class Levi family from a village near Debrecen, of whom middle brother and architect to be, Andras is the main hero, though older brother Tibor and younger Matyas play important roles too and the rich Hasz family of Budapest, of whom early forties Gyorgy is a Bank President and his son Jozsef, a painter to be is studying and partying, withof the latter than the former of course in Paris.There is also mysterious early thirties Klara Claire Morgenstern who is a ballet teacher in Paris with a 16 year old strong willed daughter Elisabet, to whom Gyorgy s mother, the matriarch of the Hasz charges the twenty two year old Andras to secretly deliver a letter when he gets to Paris for his studies, in addition to carrying a huge package with goodies for Jozsef.Romantic, epic, dark even painfully so at times, The Invisible Bridge is historical fiction of the highest caliber.ANALYSIS The Invisible Bridge succeeds so well because of three aspects 1 The characters Andras and Klara first and foremost are such extraordinary characters, the young idealistic student who cannot help himself but fall in love with the 31 year old woman with a 16 year old girl and a dark past we get hints about and who somehow managed to make a reasonably successful life for herself and Elisabet despite all also Tibor, Andras friends, the closet gay Polaner and the handsome Ben Yakov, the wastrel but good natured Joszef, theater manager Zoltan Novak who is Andras mentor and first employer and the rest of the Hasz and Levi families are all memorable and distinctive characters and you want them to succeed and later to survive, though of course the odds were what they were, so do not get overtly fond of anyone2 The writing style which is spellbinding the book is a page turner end to end and it manages to combine the first half cautious optimism of the main characters even in face of the clouds of war and of rising antisemitism in France and violence in Germany and other places, with the day to day struggle to survival in the face of the tightening vise of the second half The Invisible Bridge does not descend into melodrama in the first half, nor does it descend into despair and darkness without a light in sight, in the second half, but it maintains a matter of fact attitude throughout that kept me guessing almost to the end what will be the fate of the characters.3 The world building as noted at the end of the novel, The Invisible Bridge is based on the author s family stories and real life experiences plus a lot of research and it shows The feel of both Paris of 1937 1939 and of Hungary from 1939 1945 is pitch perfect and the Jewish traditions are vividly expounded The Invisible Bridge feels to me right as a book set partly in Eastern Europe in a way few books by Western authors feel and the little details like recipes, names, ways of speech contribute mightily to that feeling.There are several moments that descend a bit into farce like the story of Ilana, the Italian Orthodox Rabbi s daughter that Tibor helps elope to Paris to secretly marry Andras friend, the handsome ladies man Ben Yakov who is actually in love with Black American student Lucia and of course Tibor falls in love with Ilana, while Ben Yakov is desperately unhappy that he cannot marry Lucia so he hopes that Ilana s beauty will cure him of his wandering eye so to speak all with predictable results of course, but the novel manages to surprise after that But the lighter interludes work well as a balance to the increasing darkness that descends on the world and on our characters.Another superb touch in the novel was how famous stories like Job s fate are weaved explicitly in the novel, first in the story of Andras father nicknamed Lucky Bella in an ironic and tragic way as he lost everything in life family, child, inheritance by age 30 and was living in depression and despair on the community s charity until a wise rabbi convinced him to try and turn around his fortunes and then in the tragic story of one of novel s important characters, though for this one you have to read the book to find out what s what The last meeting of Andras with the respective character in 1943 is one of the emotional highlights of the second half of the novel.In turns, a wonderful love story, an epic historical saga in the grand traditions of yore and a dark story of destruction and survival, The Invisible Bridge A is one of two awesome mainstream novels that will lead that category in my best of 2010 list {DOWNLOAD E-PUB} ⛅ The Invisible Bridge Ý Paris,Andras L vi, a Hungarian Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his and his family s history From the small Hungarian town of Kony r to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in labor camps, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a family shattered and remade in history s darkest hour This is an old fashioned novel, even an epic, in the tradition of War and Peace great storytelling set in a tumultuous time , developed characters and good writing It s obvious that Orringer did a lot of research, and the time period and the places are alive with details that fill all the senses I found it hard to ever put the book down The writing is elegant two tiny rabbits browsed the clover The first light of day came through the delicate endive leaves of their ears the This is an old fashioned novel, even an epic, in the tradition of War and Peace great storytelling set in a tumultuous time , developed characters and good writing It s obvious that Orringer did a lot of research, and the time period and the places are alive with details that fill all the senses I found it hard to ever put the book down The writing is elegant two tiny rabbits browsed the clover The first light of day came through the delicate endive leaves of their ears the round blue tin that held a minestrone of buttons His a baby s hands opened into starfish These are just passages I remember offhand I didn t mark any.If I have any complaint, it s that the love story before the war was too romance y for me, though I understand why it was vital to the development of the characters and the hardships of the plot