The Golden Peacock Nazis, WWII, world War II, Holocaust, Holocaust survivors
1990s, books, WWII

The Golden Peacock is a bit of an odd bird

The Golden Peacock, by Lauren B. Grossman is billed as a story of the Holocaust, and the author calls it “faction” — a blend of history and fiction. It’s unclear how much of this story is true, and it would be interesting to find out, but it contains a good…

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The lost queen is a book about the Arhurian legend that takes place in early Scotland. Early medieval
books, Early Medieval Period

The Lost Queen is a Wonderful Discovery

I waited a few days to review The Lost Queen, by Signe Pike. It’s a story of the Arthurian legend in sixth-century Scotland, and it’s told from the point of view of Langoureth, the “lost queen” who also happens to be the twin sister of the man who originated the…

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1800s, 1900s, True Crime

Bloodlands: A Superb Collection of Murderous Tales

Bloodlands is a series of six e-books available free to members of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited: each book a story of a series of murders in the 19th and 20th centuries. They were serial killers before serial killer became a term. All the books are written by Harold Schechter. They are:…

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1800s

Skin of the Wolf below par

Skin of the Wolf is a 2017 Netflix offering in Spanish which drags the viewer through the slog of a mountain man who marries two wives, and has no success with either. There’s hardly any dialogue, and hardly any story, and virtually no drama.The screenwriter and director, I suppose, were…

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books, WWII

Enemy At the Gates: A terrible story of a terrible battle

Enemy at the Gates, a 1973 book by William Craig, is the story of the battle of Stalingrad, the bloodiest conflict in human history. I have searched high and low for a readable book about this battle, and, while it’s still dense in places, this book comes closest to describing…

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Enemies A War Story by Kenneth Rosenberg is the storiy of two young German-American men who get caught up in circumstances beyond their control during WWII.
books, WWII

There’s a movie in Enemies: A War Story

Enemies: A War Story, by Kenneth Rosenberg is a fascinating, fictionalized account of a little-known, somewhat shameful interlude of incidents that took place in the United States during World War II. It’s the story of two young men, Herbie Haupt and Wolfgang Wergin. Both men were born in Germany but…

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Jane Seymour the Haunted Queen is the history of Henry VIII's third Queen of England, the successor to Anne Boleyn
Tudor Time

Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen -An Alison Weir favorite

Oddly, this is the first book of Weir’s I’ve ever read, although I’ve heard about her for ages. It is of course, the story of Henry VIII’s third queen, and the only one to bear him a son. Weir takes a few U-turns around the more traditional stories of Jane.…

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The Lighthouse keeper's daughter by Hazel Gaynor contains two stories related to women and lighthouses.
1800s, 1900s, books, Uncategorized

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter: Historical, Windswept and Strange

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, by Hazel Gaynor, is two stories in one: one in 1838, the other in 1938. They are the stories of Grace and Mathilda. The first is the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on an island off Britain, the second is a pregnant Irish immigrant to the…

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Madame Bovary -- a costume drama starring Wasikowska as well as a discussion between the book and the movie
1800s, feature film

Madame Bovary: It’s Not Like the Book

In this case, the book is better than the movie. I’m talking about Madame Bovary, the 2015 rendition of Gustave Flaubert’s estimable novel, about the sixth since the “talkies” began. Other reviewers discuss how difficult it is to capture the essence of the book on film, and, again in this…

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1800s, books

In the Land of the Long White Cloud a Very Long Soap Opera

In the Land of the Long White Cloud by Sarah Lark is the story of two women who make their way from London to New Zealand in the 1850s to find husbands. Both marry unhappily, the whole story is one long, big (700 pages) sorry mess. Sorry to the author,…

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