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I have a special (and personal) interest in France during World War II, and also in art and art theft, so I was very engaged with this book. Its weak feature is the fictionalization aspect. The characters are based on real people, and I wondered if it wouldn't have worked better as straight non-fiction. The author did a great deal of pains-staking research, and that pays off in telling the story; actually, that makes the book worthwhile. But the fictional characters and their individual story didn't quite come alive for me. I did listen through to the end, (and felt a little confused about a plot point at the end) but I probably wouldn't give 4 stars if it weren't for my special interest in the book's historical basis.
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This book was exceptionally boring. I began by attempting to read the book but lost all strength and became unable comprehend the words. So after that one page I switched to the audio book which made it possible to passively let the material flow in and straight back out of my head. Had it not been the pick of my book club I would have gladly given up. The writing lacked any emotional depth. Despite having both Jewish and French culture in my family back ground I did not connect to the story or characters.