From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies.As Hitlers reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemannlike other German Jewsmust flee with their children in search of sanctuary. But life elsewhere in Europe offers few opportunities for medical professor Gerhard and his fellow scientists. Then they discover an unexpected haven in Turkey, where universities and hospitals welcome them as valuable assets.But despite embracing their adopted land, personal and political troubles persist. Military coups bring unrest and uncertainty to the country, intermarriage challenges the cultural identity of Gerhard and Elsas descendants, and anti-Semitism once again threatens their future in the place they call home.From World War II to the age of social media, one familys generations find their way through love and loss, sacrifice and salvation, tragedy and triumphwith knowledge hard won and passion heartfelt....
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Without a Country Reviews
Good for learning an overview of political history of Turkey, but other than that, not a fan.
Interesting for the history
Covering several generations from 1930’s to present day, this narrative explores the impact of politics and dogma and intolerance on a family of intellectuals. The point of view is sometimes detached and superficial, other times becomes overly detailed in minutiae. It skips decades and picks up a new voice in a new generation. However, in sum total, it provides an interesting study of different kinds of loyalty, love and devotion in one family.
Without a Country review
Because I enjoyed this book immensely. The book has everything in it. Love family politics. The characters were bright but human and imperfect. What a wonderful author Ayse is. I really felt for her characters
A personal look at Turkey's history
A family's generational look at Turkey with characters you can care about and believe existed and made a difference - excellent
Enjoyed the international history and an eye opener on the sufferings! Found the plot believable. Would read her novels again!
The novel was a history lesson and a very good story. There are many Jewish WW11 stories and this one was a different perspective . German Jews \Turkish Muslim families searching for identity.
The book started off great. A great story line, very different from other WW2 Jewish tales. However, I needed a bit more closure at the end; I hate reading a book and going to click the next page and finding the authors biography! If you like WW2 historical fiction this is definitely a quick read with a great storyline.
This family saga begins as a German pathologist learns that he must leave Berlin immediately: Hitler is beginning to round up Jews. He and his family eventually relocate to Turkey, where he is instrumental in bringing other displaced Jewish doctors and scientists to staff the new Istanbul University. He and his daughter begin the assimilation process by learning Turkish, while his wife and son continue to see themselves as German. This story of life in exile recounts how different people react t ...more