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The Assault
The Assault | Harry Mulisch
It is the winter of 1945, the last dark days of World War II in occupied Holland. A Nazi collaborator, infamous for his cruelty, is assassinated as he rides home on his bicycle. The Germans retaliate by burning down the home of an innocent family; only twelve-year-old Anton survives. Based on actual events, The Assault traces the complex repercussions of this horrific incident on Anton's life. Determined to forget, he opts for a carefully normal existence: a prudent marriage, a successful career, and colorless passivity. But the past keeps breaking through, in relentless memories and in chance encounters with others who were involved in the assassination and its aftermath, until Anton finally learns what really happened that night in 1945and why. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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andrew61
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This was a 5* read which begins in haarlem at the very end of ww2 as a collaborator is murdered by the resistance, but whose body is moved to the doorstep of 13 yr old anton's family home . The consequences of this event and act become the subject of the book stretching through the subsequent 40 yrs. The story reflects on the effects of war on all involved and was brilliantly told with memorable characters and unexpected ending which was perfect.

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andrew61
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I've taken my new book out for a tram ride to Bury where i am watching brilliant folk singers Eliza and Martin Carthy- interval pint as well - sneaky book photo while no one watching

BarbaraBB Another good book that you're reading there! 2y
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andrew61
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#septembermostanticipated #fallintobooks
The thread book is a second hand one i ordered on eBay this morning as a book i have wanted to read for ages so plan in September - the pile are those i purchased in August - as if i need any more books - i hope to read a few especially the one set in Cape verde to get me nearly at 100 countries visited in books

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EP25
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Mulisch gives a great insight into how war affects the ones that experience it but also what it does to the following generations. How each individual (directly or indirectly) deals with the consequences, the reasons behind attitudes and actions seen from different perspectives. Oh and I love how the psychology of Anton develops throughout years. This is a must-read. One of those (Dutch) classics that's high up on the list.

Hobbinol Thanks for posting! I'd be very interested in the translation 3y
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