The World That We Knew

The World That We Knew In 1941, during humanity s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve year old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she s destined to be.What does it mean to lose your mother How much can one person sacrifice for love In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending. New Download Kindle ePUB The World That We Knew By Alice Hoffman – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The World That We Knew
  • Alice Hoffman
  • English
  • 20 May 2018
  • 1501137573

10 thoughts on “The World That We Knew

  1. says:

    LONG ha..again I couldn t help myself , but NO SPOILERSThis book has crawled under my skin It s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom.set in WWII Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it I m glad I waited It took me longer to read this novelthan others of the same length I paused longer lingered longer over sentences I also spent time studying history I was unfamiliar with With feelings of being small in my own ability to write a rev LONG ha..again I couldn t help myself , but NO SPOILERSThis book has crawled under my skin It s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom.set in WWII Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it I m glad I waited It took me longer ...

  2. says:

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don t care for narrative written as a fairy tale Hoffman employs both That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author s intention and I think it does The mother s love is palpable, the symbolism of the heron is effective, the research is solid and the ending is powerful In addition, there are several very beautiful passages But, the characters are one dimensional and we are told rather than shown which d I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don t care for narrative written as a fairy tale Hoffman employs both That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author s intention a...

  3. says:

    I am not a fan of magic realism But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I ve read The book takes place during World War Two Lea s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin Ava is a golem, a soulless creature created to act as a guardian to Lea Ettie, the daughter of a rabbi, is the one who creates Ava, thereby linking the three of them We hear from each of them with their individual stories Each story rev I am not a fan of magic realism But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I ve read The book takes place during World War Two Lea s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin Ava is a golem, a soulless creature created to act as a guardian to Lea Ettie, the daughter of a rabbi, is the one who creates Ava, thereby linking the three of them We hear from each of them with their individual stories Each story reveals their strength, their love, their humanity, yes, even soulless Ava It s not often that I care equally about multiple main characters Once again, Hoffman is the exception to the rule As always, Hoffman transports us Numerous books have tackled the terror of the Nazi regime, yet Hoffman brought up things I ve never read elsewhere Her research was intense but is woven seamlessly into the stories Primarily a story of survival, i...

  4. says:

    A littlethan six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, 1and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clayhad I not read The Golem and the Jinni, and I enjoyed both of those stories, but this one took my breath away.Beautifully written, this story is shared with just the right touch of magical realism needed to lend it the air of a lyrical fairy tale set in Germany and France dur A littlethan six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, 1and shortly after that, I rea...

  5. says:

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it s going to be an interesting read This is a very moving story of love and survival As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solution in Germany and conquered Europe, Hanni Kohn in Berlin decides she has to save her daughter Lea by any means Hanni is brave and fearless and she tries to teach Lea to be a wolf Hanni employs all the magic at h This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it s going to be an interesting read This is a very moving story of love and survival As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solution in Germany and conquered Europe, Hanni Kohn in Berlin decides she has to save her daughter Lea by any means Hanni is brave and fearless and she tries to teach Lea to be a wolf Hanni employs all the magic at her disposal to ensure that Lea gets out...

  6. says:

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism and yes, it is awesome This book is filled with insightful quotes, and will saturate you with sensibility and nostalgia From the involvement of the Huguenots, Jewish resistance groups, Operation Spring Breeze, etc., I was blown away by t I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism and yes, it is awesome This book is filled with insightful quotes, and will saturate you with sensibility and nostalgia From the involvement of the Huguenots, Jewish resistance groups, Operation Spring Breeze, etc., I was blown away by the amount of history she incorporated I would say that there ishistory surrounding the characters in this novel than fantasy While this novel does bare magic, the story revolves around the setting in history.The fantasy advances the internal conflict within the s...

  7. says:

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novelRelease date September 24, 2019The World that We Knew tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but her mother is sick and cannot make the journey so Hanni comes up with another plan and soon, Lea and her magical guardian Ava are escaping to France Ettie and her sister are also on the run, and when her sister is killed Ettie Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novelRelease date September 24, 2019The World that We Knew tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but her mother is sick and cannot make the journey so Hanni comes up with another plan and soon, Lea and her magical guardian Ava are escaping to France Ettie and her sister are also on the run, and when her sister is killed Ettie is left to her own devices as she travels through the French countryside, desperate to avenge her sister s death Through it all, the women...

  8. says:

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I ve read I don t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it s woven into the story in such a stunning way It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begging a rabbi s daughter to create a golem to bring her daughter to safety, a dancing heron who loves the golem and the angel of death Yet, I didn t once feel that the importance, the depth and breadth of the suffering of t This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I ve read I don t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it s woven into the story in such a stunning way It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begging a rabbi s daughter to create a golem to bring her daughter to safety, a dancing heron who loves the golem and the angel of death Yet, I didn t once feel that the importance, the depth and breadth of the suffering of the Jews at the hands on the Nazis was in the least diluted by the fairytale nature, the magical realism in this story because at its core, this is about the Holocaust The horrific things that happened to Jews were always front and center beginning with the unimaginable a mother sending her child away to save her from the Nazis, to the stories o...

  9. says:

    4.5 stars, rounded upWhat would you do to save your child If you, like Hanni in Berlin in 1941, knew that your 12 year old daughter could never survive the onslaught that your gut tells you is coming, would you be brave enough to send her away Could you send her alone Or would you, like Hanni, find a way to ensure a protector for her, whatever the price The path that Lea, Hanni s daughter, must take to make it safely to end of the war will lead her through Paris streets and countryside conve 4.5 stars, rounded upWhat would you do to save your child If you, like Hanni in Berlin in 1941, knew that your 12 year old daughter could never survive the onslaught that your gut tells you is coming, would you be brave enough to send her away Could you send her alone Or would you, like Hanni, find a way to ensure a protector for her, whatever the price The path that Lea, Hanni s daughter, must take to make it safely to end of the war will lead her through Paris streets and countryside convents, beekeeper s cottages and the terror of not even being sure you are worth the sacrifice that s been made.Lea is not the only main character in this story, but she is a thick strand of color in a tapestry made by people trying to survive, people trying to love, people bent on revenge and, in this story, even one that s not really a person at all If you like your stories with magical realism if you like the world to have a spark o...

  10. says:

    Question I asked myself All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable Ava represents a mother s love, someone who is not human, buthuman than many others during this inhuman time I loved when the doctor thought, if one can love, one has a soul So much evil, so many deaths and yet so many good people that went above and beyond So many ele Question I asked myself All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable Ava represents a mother s love, someone who is not human, buthuman than many others during this inhuman time I loved when the doctor thought, if one can love, one has a soul So much evil, so many deaths and yet so many good people that went above and beyond So many elements combined, a heron I adored, showing there are many other species able to love So I decided the magical realism allowed Hoffman to interject a great deal...

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