I was captivated by this fictionalized tale. While the author admits to embellishing the story, the thread of truth is there. I have seen a lot of comments and reviews that mention poor writing; but I have to admit, I didn't notice. Wondering if that has something to do with the fact that I listened to the #audiobook instead of reading a print copy. Regardless, I loved the glimpse into an Italian perspective on the second World War. Tissues needed
Pino Lella's story deserves to be heard. The courage it took to guide Jewish people over the Alps to safety is amazing. The risk he took by spying for the Allies is terrifyingly brave. The suffering he endured was appalling, and he wasn't even in an OT camp. To have your best friend, your brother, and almost everyone else, think you're a Nazi traitor, and still have the faith to pick up your head and do what needs to be done is inspiring.
I'm really enjoying this so far. It's pulled me in to Pino Lella's life in less than 50 pages (out of over 500).
I've accidentally been stuck on historical fiction, specifically surrounding World War Two. I say accidentally because I didn't search these books specifically but I have read Winter Garden, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, A Gentleman In Moscow, and The Nightingale all within the last few months.
I haven't been disappointed yet.
This book had some slow parts. But you get attached to the characters and knowing they were real you want to know what happened to them. War is devastating, WW2 was especially difficult. Knowing what these people went through just breaks my heart but knowing they overcame so many obstacles makes me proud. Great read for sure.
Wow! This book is INTENSE! Another story from WWII highlighting the heroism of every day people who could not sit by idly while heinous acts were being committed against the Jews. I don't know that I could be so brave. If this one isn't on your radar, it should be. #heros #heroism #WWII #italy #basedontrueevents #mountainclimbing #alps #escape #thekindnessofstrangers #loveoneanother
My #library #bookhaul. Still have a couple books to get through before I can tackle these. I'm excited!
Tagged book is for my library book club next month.
-Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
-The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
-Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Well, I guess I am now an undercover Nazi chauffeur 🤔💁♀️ What are you??
This was nearly a DNF for me. I had to force myself to finish it. True WWII hero stories are ALWAYS inspiring to me, so that wasn‘t the problem. The problem was the way in which the story was told. There were too many details at the wrong times which bogged down the flow of the story.
This story would‘ve played out better for me in the hands of another writer. The writing was pretty bad, and the fictionalized recounting of Pino‘s true story fell short of its potential. I also have to admit & accept that WWII novels don‘t seem to strike my fancy. I finished the book, but it took me such a long time to slog through it.
Excited for my first fitness challenge!
Book goal: 7
Fitness goal: run 8 miles per week
Looking forward to encouraging each other along the way!
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The story itself is engaging and you cant help but root for Pino and feel his joy and devastation during the Nazi occupancy of Milan in WWII. The writing style kept putting me off as it seemed childish at times and kept jumping mid sentance to another thought or paragraph. I almost quit in the early chapters. Glad I hung around as the story ends up being compelling.
Imagine being 17 and having the lives of entire families in your hands. Pino Lella is a real life hero, who selflessly laid his life on the line again and again to guide Jews out of Nazi occupied Italy into Switzerland by treacherous mountain trails. And then was forced to serve & spend every day with the enemy, all for the sake of the greater good. This is the reason I love reading WWII stories, they shine a beacon of light in extreme darkness.
This is Pino Lella, 17 year old hero of this book.It is a story that was almost never told, and it is an amazing one! The author heard of the young man‘s exploits at a dinner party, and traveled to Italy to meet him. Pino led Jews across the Alps to safety during WWII. He then worked as a chauffeur/spy for a high ranking Nazi General in Italy. It is a page turner! Soon to be a movie. Great story, but alas not great writing. Still works for me. 🙂
WOW. I'm so in awe of this story. I was lost in it immediately and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I finished it in 4 days. This is an absolute must read for any history and intrigue lover. I'll suggest this true story to any and everyone I possibly can. I finished it not 5 minutes ago and I'm still, nearly speechless.
READ THIS BOOK!
The beginning was slow. I almost stopped reading it a few times until I saw a review here that it gets better. I think the story needed to be told. It seems incredulous. I thought the writing was hard to follow when it came to the details. It definitely gives you a feeling of wartime during WW2 in northern Italy.
The characters are my favourite part of this masterpiece! Pino is admirable, truly. A remarkable writing style, and I especially loved the switches between third person limited and third person objective. Really put into perspective the harsh reality of war torn worlds.
2019 Book 16: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Absolutely beautiful and at times, heartbreaking story of WW2 Italy. Pino Lella might be one of my favorite characters, even though he‘s an actual person! The images of the atrocities of war blended with his love for Anna made for one of my best reads this year.
World War II stories always intrigue me, and this is no different. This story takes place in Italy, which is different than any other novel I‘ve read, and is based on the true story of a young Italian man. It started out a little slow but has gotten to the point of being un-put-downable.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Based on a true story of Pino Lella- an Italian young man who rescued Refugees out during the height of WW2 and drives around the top general under Hitler. I don‘t believe everything as the author write this as historical fiction, so have to just go with it for what it is.
Starting this one tonight for my family book club. It is my mom‘s pick. Zelda was not happy about me talking her picture. #schnauzersoflitsy