A novel based on a true story and set during the war against the Nazis, this book pretty much presented a solid train of events that spanned years while staying focused on the story of its hero – Pino Lella.
While inspired by true events, it can be tricky to identify along the way which of it is true and which is pure fiction. And if you have preset expectations on reading something autobiographical, this may not appear good.
Overall, though, I like the story. But I viewed it mainly as a fictional work based on the Nazi war rather than a recount of experience by someone who lived through the tragedy of that era. I suspect it has something to do with Mr. Sullivan’s writing style.
Still, the story is a fine read and shows a decent amount of drama, struggle, politics, and religion fit for its setting.
It’s not something I’d recommend but if you want a glimpse of what that war felt like without boring yourself out with dates and names, I say you give this a try.
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