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by John Boyne
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Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
We need to create a term for characters in novels who find themselves at the crossroads of history. That way, I could use it to describe Georgy Daniilovich Jachmenev. Georgy began his life as a poor muzhik's son in a town that is frequently described by the other characters as a shithole. When the t...
Toni rated it 8 years ago
I love how John Boyne spins historical events and makes his stories unexpectedly compelling reads. “The House of Special Purpose” is a wonderful mix of trodden grounds of the fall of the Romanov Dynasty with a fictional and well thought narrative that goes back and forth in time in and snippets of i...
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it 8 years ago
I'm a fan. I like all his books, and especially how he changes settings and genres between the books. This starts as a past/present book, but the present becomes more and more past as the story continue. As in, the story starts in 20-- and in the end 'the present' is in the 1920s. And, this is one o...
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