I thought the novelization of movie-making made the process a lot more interesting, capturing the energy, excitement, and mechanics
The New Detective revolve around the question of how people justify the bad things they do, or not even realize they’re wrong
The Book Spy by Alan Hlad is interesting, the characters realistic, and even though a lot is happening, I never thought it was confusing.
The glue that holds the book together, Willi Geismeier is an intriguing, nuanced character, acting as only I could wish I would under similar circumstances.
The Ghetto Within by Santiago H. Amigorena also deals with issues of identity, as many immigrants do. Are they Argentina? Polish? Polish-Argentinian? Jewish?
I appreciated the stress and dangers the protagonists went through. I enjoyed reading about the cultural importance of the ocean, boats, food, and knitting.
The research the author did shine, and I’ve learned several things about Latvia, the region, the way Latvian Jews viewed the Soviets, and a bit of history
I enjoyed the interaction between Ingrid and David. I thought that plot device worked well to personalize the events, & also to highlight the history
Max Kaspar, afailed German-American, is fighting on the Eastern front when he is drafted by the SS to impersonate American officers and cause havoc