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Let Us Be True #2020

Let Us Be True Paris After a chance encounter Ralf and Elsa begin a love affair that will mark their lives Both already bear scars from their continent s violent upheavals The end of the war brought Ralf to P

  • Title: Let Us Be True
  • Author: Alex Christofi
  • ISBN: 9781781257401
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Let Us Be True By Alex Christofi, Paris, 1958 After a chance encounter, Ralf and Elsa begin a love affair that will mark their lives Both already bear scars from their continent s violent upheavals The end of the war brought Ralf to Paris, where he feels he can hide from the past Elsa meanwhile tries to hide not just her past from Ralf, but her present too As they fall deeply in love they face aParis, 1958 After a chance encounter, Ralf and Elsa begin a love affair that will mark their lives Both already bear scars from their continent s violent upheavals The end of the war brought Ralf to Paris, where he feels he can hide from the past Elsa meanwhile tries to hide not just her past from Ralf, but her present too As they fall deeply in love they face a dilemma can you really love someone without giving yourself away In a Paris recovering from the Second World War but riven by protests and discontent as the old world order falls away, Ralf tries desperately to hold on to the only person he has ever felt he belongs with, while facing the prospect of a reality where love might not be enough Deeply moving and sweeping in scope, Alex Christofi s second novel is an unforgettable love story as well as a profoundly affecting study of the personal cost of Europe s bloody twentieth century.

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    1. From the Winner of The Betty Trask PrizeLet Us Be True, by Alex Christofi, charts the lives of two extraordinary characters through an era of great uncertainty, from the war and its aftermath through to the deadly unrest of 1960s Paris Just published by Serpent s Tail, can I just say from the outset that I loved this bookunning.My Review Elsa and Ralf.Paris 1958.Two people whose paths cross accidentally, but whose lives will forever be entwined Let Us Be True is their story Ralf, born in Hamburg [...]

    2. I have to say, right up front, that Let Us Be True was so much than what I was expecting A love story, yes, but than this a deeply philosophical narrative of identity delivered with elegance and poignancy Ralf and Elsa are Germans in a post WWII Europe Ralf is sort of Jewish and Elsa is the very picture of Aryan womanhood biologically valuable They were both adolescents during the rise of Nazi Germany, and while Ralf was relocated out of Germany into England before the war, Elsa only left Germ [...]

    3. When he was six years old, he had been taught that compassion was the only quality of any consequence, and tonight he had tied a knot along the smooth train of his life, and it would trail behind him, snagging over rough ground, staring back at him when he stopped to look, no matter how far he tried to pay it out Let Us Be True, by Alex Christofi, is a love story not a romance but rather a story of survival and its toll The protagonist is Ralf who meets the beautiful Elsa in a run down Parisian [...]

    4. This read brings a sense of nostalgia with it and an aura of hidden emotions and unfulfilled desires It is so much than just a love story It is about fractured identities and the trauma of war.It is often hard for non nomads or people who stay in one place their entire lives to understand what it is like to not feel as if you have a home or a country that feels like home Being uprooted and becoming a displaced person can rock the very foundation of your existence.I believe Elsa and Ralf share t [...]

    5. This is not only a love story between Ralf and Elsa, but also a portrayal of the human cost of the tumultuous Second World War and its aftermath The characters move across Europe as time passes across the decades The book is very well written with three dimensional characters, looking at the effect of world changing events on individuals with a poignancy and clarity that brings the characters into sharp focus.

    6. Difficult to rate this one Between 2 and 3 stars I found no sympathy with the characters The writing seemed forced at times, there was no flow, no drawing me into the story.

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