How does one get over obscene terror that all but rips out your heart in sheer horror?
‘Those Who Save Us”, a touching tale by Jenna Blum. A story of two women, the World War II and its horrors, of betrayal and trust, love and heartbreak, shame and honor, enemies and friends. Blum beautifully reveals the burdens borne of being a daughter, a mother, and the sacrifices one makes to save a loved one.
The author weaves in and out of the past and the present, weaving an intricate pattern that portrays the story of two women who have had their own battles to fight. The book describes how love is found, and lost, in the most cruelest ways, torn and snatched away from a woman, as she begins to understand what it means to be in love, the weight of her decisions, and the consequences paid for choosing to love one from the other side. She is one who has had to fend for herself, gambling with her own life, starving, to save her child.
In yet another character, Blum sheds light on the offspring who had a childhood, with only a photograph, and no story of her past. Her mother refuses to talk of her past,thus leaving the daughter despondent and rejected in her relationship with her mother. Being a professor of German history, she begins an investigation of the past, soon realizing the extent of the horrors her mother must have faced, for the sole purpose of keeping her alive.
– Good reading, with characters strong in their own way. But perhaps the tale of strong women have been told many times? Although Blum has portrayed the wreckage and horrors that war can bring to humans and cities most realistically.
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