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While listening to this marvel of historical fiction, I found myself stopping and Googling on several occasions. The struggles in the Balkins has always intriguiged me, especially the focal point of Sarejevo. I have learned more from historical novelists and journalistic memoirs than I could have imagined. There are so many threads of man's inhumanity to man that seem to escape the headlines of history. In the epilogue, McCallin refers to the House of Terror, synonymous with his Pale House and to Jasenovak Prison, whose crimes against humanity rival and surpass those of Auschwiz. The Ustase, given power over this tiny piece of geography are material for nightmares that outdo those of the SS.
Gregor Reinhardt is McCallin's vehicle to guide us through and illustrate places in history that we might never have known existed.
I look forward to Gregor's next journey into the no man's land between loyalty and morality. 2016 I think...
To follow Sarajevo into our present frame of reference I recommend the book 'Love Thy Neighbor: a Story of War' by Peter Maas, which can be found on Audible.com.
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If you could sum up The Pale House in three words, what would they be?
Luke McCallin's second Reinhardt book is better than the first, The Man from Berlin. I'm a big fan of Alan Furst's and Philip Kerr's writing, McCallin is more Kerr than Furst. The narrator works pretty well for the material.
Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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