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The List (edition 2011)

by Martin Fletcher

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Title:The List
Authors:Martin Fletcher
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2011), Hardcover, 352 pages
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I've listened to Martin Fletcher's reports on NBC news for years and was looking forward to reading this in our book club. Overall it was a good story, but I was left wanting by the end of the book. Some of the characters were not fleshed out very fully and I was left with a number of questions about some of the characters. In short, it was merely okay. ( )
  TerryLewis | Jun 12, 2017 |
Well written novel, The List is inspiring and optimistic. This topic, the aftermath of the Holocaust for the survivors, is not often covered. The author paints a great picture of what it was like for those sad people who had lived through all the atrocities. That individuals had the strength to keep living and create new life gave me a sense of awe. These sad people are also happy people, giving birth and changing countries, keeping on living. ( )
  aRIELbRIESSE | May 12, 2017 |
The audio version of this historically accurate novel is outstanding. The narrator, David Thorn, adds color and conveys real depth of emotion and meaning that I found completely compelling. He uses a great variety of accents deftly and consistently. It was pure pleasure to listen to this book. ( )
  graysongirl | Jan 10, 2015 |
An interesting premise, but the writing just wasn't that good. It felt very flat and forced, and the people didn't seem real at all, especially the conversation. ( )
  digitalmaven | Mar 17, 2013 |
This story focuses on Edith and Georg, young Jewish refugees who fled their home countries during WWII. Edith's cousin comes to live with them after surviving in a concentration camp. This book highlights the prejudice that Jewish refugees faced in Britain post-WWII. Amidst the terror of not knowing which relatives had survived the war, the Jewish population were often thrust into the center of unwanted political attention as their British neighbors wanted them to "go back home," to make room for the returning British troops.

Living in the same building with Edith and Georg is the mysterious Arab: Ismael. It later turns out that Ismael is really Israel, an undercover Jewish man working as an activist for the Jewish people in Palestine, who want to get rid of the British, so that more Jews could go to Palestine.

There are lots of twists and turns in the plot here to keep you interested. Unlike most WWII books that focus primarily on the concentration camps, this book has as its focus the lives of the Jews that survived the war. It also focuses on how the British affected the immigration of Jews into Palestine, which was something I knew nothing about.

Overall, it was a fascinating read- the author really made the characters come to life. The only downside was that when the author wrote the chapters that were set in Palestine, it seemed a bit disjointed from the rest of the novel. However, after a few chapters, it all came together. Also, it seemed a bit farfetched to me that Edith's cousin would run off with Ismael/Israel, without knowing where they were moving to or why he had to leave England in such a hurry. These details aside, it was quite an interesting read. I'd recommend it for those who enjoy WWII historical fiction. ( )
  artikaur | Sep 11, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312606923, Hardcover)

Martin Fletcher has captivated television audiences for thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent for NBC News. Now, Fletcher combines his own family’s history with meticulous research in this gripping story of a young Jewish family struggling to stay afloat after World War II.

London, October 1945.  Austrian refugees Georg and Edith await the birth of their first child. Yet how can they celebrate when almost every day brings news of another relative or friend murdered in the Holocaust? Their struggle to rebuild their lives is further threatened by growing anti-Semitism in London's streets; Englishmen want to take homes and jobs from Jewish refugees and give them to returning servicemen.

Edith's father is believed to have survived, and finding him rests on Georg's shoulders. Then Georg learns of a plot by Palestinian Jews to assassinate Britain’s foreign minister. Georg must try to stop the murder, all the while navigating a city that wants to "eject the aliens."

In The List, Fletcher investigates an ignored and painful chapter in London’s history. The novel is both a breathless thriller of postwar sabotage and a heartrending and historically accurate portrait of an almost forgotten era. In this sensitive, deeply touching, and impossible-to-forget story, Martin Fletcher explores the themes of hope, prejudice, loss and love that make up the lives of all refugees everywhere.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:28 -0400)

"Winner of a Jewish National Book Award for his previous book, Walking Israel, NBC Special Correspondent Martin Fletcher uses meticulous research and his own family's history in this stunning novel. Dramatizing explosive events in London and Palestine in the years directly following World War II, The List follows the lives of Edith and Georg, Austrian refugees who are expecting their first baby in a world unfriendly to Jews. Anti-Semitism sweeps across the streets of London even as the world learns of the atrocities of the Holocaust. As Edith and Georg desperately search for surviving family members, they struggle to stay afloat in a world riddled with terrorism, assassination attempts, and fear"--… (more)

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