For Agnes Embleton, seeing Schwermann's face on the television has brought back a flood of memories: of Paris, of The Round Table, a group of idealistic students who tried to save thousands of Jewish children from deportation, of the Frenchman who betrayed them, and of Schwermann, the German officer who sent the children to their deaths. But what Agnes doesn't know and Anselm discovers is the personal investment Schwermann had in The Round Table, the silent bargains made by its members and the true extent of Schwermann's final treachery.
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©2004 William Brodrick; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks
"Brodrick writes well about age and memory, buried pasts, and the consequences of opening them up." (Guardian)
There are so many characters in this story that it's sometimes difficult to remember who's who. The loud piano music between sections is unnecessary (especially if you listen into the small hours and are just dozing off) although I can see why the producer thought it a nice added touch. It isn't.
Nathaniel Parker does a very good job of narrating the complex tale of betrayal, lost love and, ultimately, forgiveness but I think it's one of those books that is better read rather than listened to, even if only to flick back a few pages to check the plot.
Maybe I'll listen to it again in a while and see if it improves on second acquaintance......
Well Richard and Judy you got it wrong. A good story, but the author weaves such an elaborate web that half way through the point seems lost although it is gathered again at the end. A good idea but loses emphasis and focus. By all means draw a picture of interesting charactors and their lives, the key point being interesting.
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