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    A Great Read

    A wonderful story of a woman growing up in pre-war Austria. Her intellect and study of Philosophy in Vienna gave her the inner strength she required to face the eventual trials of Nazi occupation and subsequent war. A glimpse of heroism from the perspective of the German/Austrian citizens is described in beautiful story telling.
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    Well-documented; Excellent Writing

    This is a beautiful story, brilliantly set out and wonderfully written. Despite the travesties of wartime, Clara’s mind and her ability to focus on finding and doing the right thing in each moment pulls her through the many tragedies she experiences. There is no one country or government that emerges unscathed in these pages. It was war. It was traumatic and choices and decisions on the part of the participants was deplorable – on all sides. There were also many moments of human decency and kindness – on all sides. I have yet to read a book that so clearly expresses the horrors of war regardless of which “side” you were on. And yet, through Clara’s experiences we also see that sanity did prevail in the face of privation; that courage was there in the face of terrorism; that hope could endure and nurture existence based on the tiniest glimmers of goodness. The essence of life and being human is distilled in war, and in the aftermath it gave all survivors gifts of strength we can only imagine, and lessons we can all learn from.
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    Hard to get into

    While this was a difficult read it did get more interesting later on. I found too much detail around the professors and their studies. Skipped a lot of that.
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    Slow going and kind of boring

    I found myself skipping over lots of this book. Many uninteresting parts and was glad when it was over so I could start another book that would be better than this one. Couldn't be much worse. Almost gave up reading it many times until it started getting into the war which was slightly better but I've read much much better.
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