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Fever at Dawn - Gárdos Péter, Elizabeth Szász
Fever at Dawn
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In this improbably joyous novel about two recovering concentration camp survivors, love is the best medicine. July 1945. Miklos is a twenty-five-year-old Hungarian who has survived the camps and has been brought to Sweden to convalesce. His doctor has just given him a death sentence — his lungs... show more
In this improbably joyous novel about two recovering concentration camp survivors, love is the best medicine. July 1945. Miklos is a twenty-five-year-old Hungarian who has survived the camps and has been brought to Sweden to convalesce. His doctor has just given him a death sentence — his lungs are filled with fluid and in six months he will be gone. But Miklos has other plans. He didn't survive the war only to drown from within, and so he wages war on his own fate. He acquires the names of the 117 Hungarian women also recovering in Sweden, and he writes a letter to each of them in his beautiful cursive hand. One of these women, he is sure, will become his wife.   In another part of the country, Lili reads his letter and decides to write back. For the next few months, the two engage in a funny, absurd, hopeful epistolary dance. Eventually, they find a way to meet.   Based on the true story of Péter Gárdos's parents, and drawn from their letters, Fever at Dawn is a vibrant, ribald, and unforgettable tale, showing the death-defying power of the human will to live and to love.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780544769793 (0544769791)
ASIN: 0544769791
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Buried In Print
Buried In Print rated it
3.5 Péter Gárdos' Fever at Dawn
Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos began with a box of letters, or, more accurately, the letter-writers, who would become his parents. "But for fifty years I did not know that their letters still existed. In the midst of political unheaval and the chaos of moving to new apartments, my parents had ca...
A Sea of Stars
A Sea of Stars rated it
2.0 Fever At Dawn
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**This being based off a incredible true story, I feel pretty bad criticizing it. But it has to be done. And then there are bits of the story that personally disappointed me; things which, for the most ...
FictionZeal
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3.0 from FictionZeal.com re: Fever at Dawn by Peter Gardos
It’s July 1945 and Miklos is seriously ill having just barely survived the Nazi camps during WWII. In a Swedish hospital, Dr. Lindholm said he has no more than six months to live; he has incurable Tuberculosis (TB). Impulsively, Miklos began seeking a wife. He wrote to Hungarian women in hospital...
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