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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Book - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Set in London during the years of 1939-1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave's grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501124372
1501124374
9781501124389
Branch Call Number: F CLEAV-C
Characteristics: 424 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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timsborden
Jan 17, 2021

I enjoyed reading this though I could never accept that there are so many people so consistently witty. I thought the author was a bit heavy handed and I found myself glossing over sentences rather than taking the time to figure out what he was saying. Enjoyable but not riveting.

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maipenrai
Mar 08, 2020

One of the best WWII novels that I have read. Not quite as excellent as All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, but still one of my recent favorites. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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MrsZimmLovesBooks
Aug 29, 2019

Lots of content to this story; characters are well developed; I found the ending a little disappointing

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lilypad_1
Feb 14, 2019

Beautifully written, characters deeply fleshed out, impact of war on society as a whole and on different parts of society, strong female characters and sympathetic male characters-not the usual stories of men in trenches. I wanted to skip over some parts that were graphic but then would realize I missed some beautiful writing so went back over. Love this author.

BPLpicks Jan 28, 2019

The intensity of the London blitz and the siege of Malta become all too real as I listened to the brilliant audio verson of this title. This character driven novel is not to be missed by readers of The Nightingale, All The Light We Cannot See and The Light Between Oceans.

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Havanacat
Jan 08, 2019

People. "A strikingly honest look at the changes war creates on a country's landscape and its people."

s33meread Dec 15, 2018

The plot moves a bit slow, but if you stay with it, you will be treated to the most beautiful descriptions and imagery. It's "Home Fires" and a bit of "Downton Abbey " all in one. I loved it.

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dpcheney
Oct 13, 2018

This is a very entertaining read. The characters brought to life with their sarcastic British humor, but are also flawed, and the main basis of the novel is essentially a study in how imperfect our lives are, and that of society, when even faced with enormous challenges, revert to basic instincts and prejudices. What sins are permissible even in a deathly struggle? What portions of our society are worth saving, which are abhorrent? The fact that one of the main characters' pre war career was to restore paintings plays nicely with the story. Also, I shall never open a jar of preserves without appreciation again.

EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

The friendship relationships in this one were truly special. I enjoyed the witty dialog and the subtle use of deep affection and loyalty to develop them. However I found the romances to be tedious and overly complicated. The coverage of the WWII bombing of London and the prejudices suffered by African Americans was interesting. There were some well written parts but mostly I felt the emphasis was on moving the story quickly along, sacrificing meaningful moments that might resonate with the reader.

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r0cdjmg
Mar 19, 2018

I liked the story and the characters but it was very sad.

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