I have started reading this ebook and the tragic events of 1915 its such a familiar subject matter to me that sometimes I put the book down and contemplate if I want to continue reading it. I get really emotional. However, I decided that I will read it and see what happens.
A spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915, and Bronxville, New York, in 2012, - a sweeping historical love story , love, that survived through Armenian massacres of 1915-1923.
The novel focuses on Elizabeth’s relationship with Armen, an Armenian engineer she meets early on, while also highlighting the suffering of the Armenian people, particularly the women and children. It is all shown through the eyes of Laura, Elizabeth and Armen’s granddaughter, who wants to learn more about the past they never discussed with her. The author holds nothing back – the descriptions of the Armenians’ suffering are graphic and will stay with readers, but so will an awareness of this moment in history. Book club worthy.
who knew. I certainly didn't. It is amazing that there was an Armenian genocide prior to World War 1. Fantastic story of the tragedy presented as is without apology. As the granddaughter from the 21st century investigates, she discovers the history of her grandparents and their time in Armenia during 1915. The story is woven together from the viewpoint of various characters: a child, a widow, an American Armenian from Boston, a man who lost his family, soldiers who fought (German, Austrailian, New Zealanders and British), and the American consul who worked to smuggle photographs of the genocide to America. Chris Bohjalian is a brilliant story teller and a joy to read.
This was an amazing book. I was awed at the author's ability to tell the engaging tales of a wide cast of both fictional and real characters and also enlighten the reader about a complex time in world history. The Armenian genocide and persecution was such an horrific event. The author communicated the horror and used it as a backdrop for the stories of people whom the reader came to care about a lot.
Chris Bohjalian is at his best in this novel, which, in its description of the horror of war, weaves a tender novel of the discovery of family ties. The plot weaves carefully and clearly the ties of today's family with that of old family members.
"As in Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller, war and genocide form the backdrop of this thought-provoking novel from an author known for examining hot-button issues in small town settings. But The Sandcastle Girls is nevertheless a bit of a departure for Chris Bohjalian, combining as it does a present-day setting with a historical love story (inspired by Bohjalian's Armenian heritage) set in 1915 Syria, during the Armenian genocide. Focusing on Laura Petrosian as she learns more about her great-grandparents' history, this moving, complex, and haunting novel explores the consequences of the genocide many years later, and "will leave you reeling" (Booklist)." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90
Chris Bohjalian is a fantastic writer & story teller. Based on his personal interest & research of the Armenian slaughter of the WWI era. In novel form it somewhat diminishes the events. Love story? Hmmmm
A powerful novel about the events that led to the coining of the new word "genocide": the slaughter of over a million Armenians in Turkey just before World War I.
At first I had a hard time getting into the plot and caring about the characters. The main character, Elizabeth, I believe, did not seem to suit the setting of 1915. However, I did like the historical setting of the genicide of the Armenians. I believe that Eugenides began his novel, Middlesex, with this same historical event. I did eventually pick up on the plot and cared more for the characters. The ending was sprinkled with hope, which I like, and cleverly done.
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