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Without a Country
Without a Country | Ayse Kulin
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From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies. As Hitler's reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann--like other German Jews--must flee with their children in search of sanctuary. But life elsewhere in Europe offers few opportunities for medical professor Gerhard and his fellow scientists. Then they discover an unexpected haven in Turkey, where universities and hospitals welcome them as valuable assets. But despite embracing their adopted land, personal and political troubles persist. Military coups bring unrest and uncertainty to the country, intermarriage challenges the cultural identity of Gerhard and Elsa's descendants, and anti-Semitism once again threatens their future in the place they call home. From World War II to the age of social media, one family's generations find their way through love and loss, sacrifice and salvation, tragedy and triumph--with knowledge hard won and passion heartfelt.
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Ssnyder
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This book wasn‘t what I thought it was going to be. It is about WW2 but it goes generations beyond that. It was good however I don‘t like the ending. You never find out what happens to Tarik

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MargieW
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I really liked this story about Jewish Germans who left during WWII and found a new home in Turkey. The story spans several generations and highlights the political climate and turmoil of Turkey until present time. I highly recommend it.

Cinfhen This one interests me too @MommyWantsToReadHerBook 😂 4y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cinfhen it does sound good! 4y
MargieW @Cinfhen @MommyWantsToReadHerBook It was good! You both should read it. The author is a well known writer in Turkey. 4y
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Texreader
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I hate not liking a semi-autobiography, but this book was so-so. It‘s about the author‘s ancestors who fled Germany for Turkey in ww2. I learned a lot, but it was plodding. The author had a list of dates/events; filling them in with narrative. It felt like “and then this happened...” “some years later...” “and then this happened.” In contrast, my next book is based on an author‘s ancestors in ww2. Only a few pages in it reads much more smoothly

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booksandsympathy
Without a Country | Ayse Kulin
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My Kindle first pick for June: As Hitler‘s reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann—like other German Jews—must flee with their children in search of sanctuary. They discover an unexpected haven in Turkey.
Despite embracing their adopted land, personal and political troubles persist: military coups and intermarriage challenges the cultural identity of Gerhard and Elsa‘s descendants.

Texreader My pic as well. I‘ve started it tonight. 5y
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BookishShelly
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My June Kindle First pick is Without a Country. First reads is starting to get like BOTM and going thriller heavy. I‘ll be glad when thrillers aren‘t quite so hot. I like them but l like other types of books too.

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Felso
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Kindle First pick for June. What did you pick?

Laura317 I‘m having trouble deciding between three of the offers. I might just get one free and buy the others. 5y
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