Sample Saturday – three historical novels

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Wakolda by Lucía Puenzo, translated by David William Foster

Why I have it: Because of Lisa’s review.

Summary: Patagonia, 1960. Having fled from his homeland Germany, José, a doctor, is seeking to manipulate genes to create the ‘perfect’ human race. In a village, he meets Lilith, a child with a growth defect – the disproportionate size of her features represent all he is trying to exterminate. Yet, even more fascinating is the fact that her siblings are perfectly ‘Aryan’. When he discovers Lilith’s mother is pregnant, the temptation to interfere with the pregnancy is irresistible.

I’m thinking: Yes… But can I bear it?

In Memoriam by Alice Winn

Why I have it: Because of Beck’s review.

Summary: It’s 1914, and WWI is churning through thousands of young men on both sides of the fight. The violence of the front feels far away to Henry Gaunt, Sidney Ellwood and their classmates, safely ensconced in their idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. But Gaunt, half German, is busy fighting a private battle – an all-consuming infatuation with his best friend, Ellwood (without knowing that Ellwood is pining for him in return).

I’m thinking: Yes.

Marie by Madeleine Bourdouxhe

Why I have it: Not sure.

Summary: Set among the narrow streets of 1930s Paris, where the threat of war hangs in the air, the story focuses on the interior life of a woman, Marie, who despite being happily married, is drawn to a young man she meets at the beach.

I’m thinking: No.

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4 responses

    • I didn’t quite on with the ‘present’ tense of Marie. I didn’t hate it but it’s certainly where I find the exercise of reading sample chapters helpful (because I would buy this book based on the lovely cover alone).

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