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The inspiration for the major motion picture ‘Jojo Rabbit’.
A gripping, atmospheric novel about obsession and love in war-time Vienna.
This extraordinary novel is seen through the eyes of Johannes, an avid member of the Hitler Youth in the 1940s. After he is severely injured in a raid, he discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl called Elsa behind a false wall in their large house in Vienna.
His initial horror turns to interest, then love and obsession. After the disappearance of his parents, Johannes finds he is the only one aware of Elsa's existence in the house, the only one responsible for her survival. Both manipulating and manipulated, Johannes dreads the end of the war: with it will come the prospect of losing Elsa and their relationship, which ranges through passion and obsession, dependence and indifference, love and hate.
This gripping, masterful work examines truth and lies at both political and personal levels, laying bare the darkest corners of the human soul.
"A vivid and deeply compelling novel, Caging Skies is an existential battle of moral and ethical extremes. Christine Leunens is an adept and eloquent story teller." (Georgia Hunter, New York Times best-selling author of We Were the Lucky Ones)
"The best part of this interesting novel is its ability to show parts of our history which others dismiss: why suffering can make some people more sensitive but others more cruel, and how a war, such an outrage to human dignity, blurs the line between the victorious and defeated." (Elle)
"Enthralling throughout." (My Weekly)
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- Jan Röcher
A fascinatingly glum tale
I finished this audiobook within 2 days of downloading it. I was utterly captivated by it and I couldn't just stop listening to it.
The reading performance was great and delivered a very sound rendition of this tale.