Borders

Borders A sweeping novel of World War II set in the Ardennes from the acclaimed author of Child WonderThe Ardennes a forested mountainous borderland that spans France Germany Belgium and Luxembourg wa

  • Title: Borders
  • Author: Roy Jacobsen
  • ISBN: 9781555977559
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • A sweeping novel of World War II, set in the Ardennes, from the acclaimed author of Child WonderThe Ardennes, a forested, mountainous borderland that spans France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, was crucial to Hitler s invasion of France and host to the Battle of the Bulge In a small valley among these borders lives Robert, born of an affair between an American GI andA sweeping novel of World War II, set in the Ardennes, from the acclaimed author of Child WonderThe Ardennes, a forested, mountainous borderland that spans France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, was crucial to Hitler s invasion of France and host to the Battle of the Bulge In a small valley among these borders lives Robert, born of an affair between an American GI and the Belgian nurse who rescued him In his father s absence, Robert finds a mentor in Markus Hebel, who has faked blindness ever since serving as a Wehrmacht radio operator in Russia Markus, in turn, confides his secret to Robert and then he tells the story of his own son, whose fanatical loyalty to Hitler left him trapped during the siege of Stalingrad In Borders, Roy Jacobsen brilliantly layers these stories of impossible choices between familial love and national identity, culminating in a nuanced, probing novel of shifting wartime loyalties.

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    1. I finished this a couple of weeks back, but have ruminated on it before writing the review. It's a difficult novel to categorise, blending as it does history and imagination. Initially, we find ourselves deep into the dense forests of the Ardennes, where the river Our cuts through Germany and Luxembourg. This geographical border features right throughout the book, even though the second half sees us deep into Russia with the invading German forces trying to relieve the encircled Sixth Army in St [...]

    2. Borders starts with a small story of a miller wanting to build a foot bridge over the river Our to shorten his commute to his mill. Without the bridge, the journey both ways is 2 hours, with it it is significantly less (he could wade through the water in the summer but this option isn't available in the winter). The planned bridge becomes a bureaucratic nightmare because of the symbol that the river Our represents, that is the Our is a border between Luxembourg and Prussia (this was 1890s) so hi [...]

    3. The book was very good, but the part that didn't hold an interest for me were the descriptions of troop movements. However, if you're interested in that, then you'd enjoy the book more than I did.

    4. This is an interesting story of the lives of some of the residents of the Ardennes region of Europe. This heavily wooded, hilly terrain featured significantly in the latter days of World War II, when Hitler chose to launch a desperate counterattack against the Allies through this weakly manned sector of the Western Front. The area also figured importantly through the ages of European history and the author leads us through some of this history. The major focus is on the characters however. The a [...]

    5. Norwegian writer Roy Jacobsen's novel, "Borders", was both difficult to read and to review.Evidently, it was originally published by Jacobsen in the late 1990's, but only recently translated from Norwegian to English and is to be issued here in October. "Borders" is a densely written (or translated) story which ranges in time from WW2 to the 1990's. It is set in Luxembourg (and surrounding countries), but mostly it is set in Stalingrad, in 1942 and 1943. Jacobsen's writing about the Battle for S [...]

    6. En roman om grenser og om folket som bor på begge sider av dem. Om identitet og om tilhørighet. Boka er blant annet en beskrivelse av hendelser under andre verdenskrig, men i motsetning til hva vi er vant til, er denne romanen fortalt av "fienden", nærmere bestemt av en tvangsvervet luxemburger i en av Hitlers armeer. Man får innblikk i de mange tragedier som kunne ramme en vanlig familie og spesielt får man innblikk i tragedien kjent som slaget om Stalingrad. Dette er ingen lettlest bok, m [...]

    7. I found "Border" to be an interesting and intriguing book that I have to say I really enjoyed. I am always looking to read about World War II and this one did not let me down. I will say that I wish the print was a little larger. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy.

    8. Roy Jacobsen imponerer meg, det ligger adskillig research bak denne boka. Handlingen foregår i Luxembourg før, under og etter siste verdenskrig. Vi er med i Ardennerslaget, men fremfor alt kampene om Stalingrad. Vi møter folk som kjemper på mange sider av grensene i det kompliserte området, mest av alt kjemper de kanskje med seg selv. Suveren bok!

    9. Read it in the original norwegian.Unlikable charachters, faltering storylines and most of all : boring, sorry !

    10. This is a win review. This book is about Hitler's invasion of France and the Battle of the Bulge. I could not enjoy it too well since the print was way too small.

    11. “Creatively blending history and imagination in his novel Borders, Jacobsen marches readers deep into the Ardennes, dense forests where a real river named Our slashes nations between two villages: Dasburg in Germany and Rodershausen in Luxembourg. One main character is a boy named Robert, product of a month shared by his mother, a Belgian nurse, and his father, an American GI pianist who vanished before Robert’s birth. Thus, Robert reveres his “blind” godfather, Markus, who actually sees [...]

    12. I would recommend this book primarily to WWII history buffs. It deals with a specific piece of WWII history, so I think that it is best suited for already knowledgeable readers. I found it enjoyable overall but believe it would have been a better experience if I came into it highly aware of the geographic area in which the story takes place. I enjoyed the family elements in the story and imagine many other readers will too. *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for [...]

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