In turn-of-the-century South Africa, 14-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie's father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions. Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling's grandfather's own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.
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Sad but Riveting Commentary on Man's Abuse of Man
I have listened to close to 300 audiobooks, and this one ranks in the top 90th percentile. It was well written and extremely well researched.
I would easily compare this to Dave Boling's other book, Guernika. It is in the genre of historical fiction focusing on the horrors of civil war.
The lead character, Letty, was by far my favorite. This narrator did a wonderful job of distinguishing one character from another, performing amazing accents.
Reliving Lost History, or, The Horrors of Wartime Detainment
This was a very insightful book, providing me with parts of history about which I never before knew. The setting was exceptionally well researched, the characters were extremely realistic. I highly recommend this book
- Linda Gastanaga