Fever at Dawn

Fever at Dawn

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Convalescing in Sweden after surviving a concentration camp, twenty-five-year-old Miklos receives a terminal health diagnosis and resolves to survive and marry another survivor, Lili, with whom he exchanges poignant and humorous letters while they plan to meet.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544769793
Branch Call Number: FIC GARDOS, PETER
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Szász, Liz - Translator


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Oct 07, 2016

After his father's death, the author's mother gives him two packets of letters tied with ribbons. These letters reveal how his parents met, fell in love and went on to marry. They are the basis for this interesting but sketchy fictionalized account of that six month courtship. They were both survivors of German concentration camps sent to convalesce in Sweden. His father decides he needs a wife and begins an ingenious and laborious search for a suitable Hungarian woman. The story is told in prose interspersed with snippets from both their letters, a technique that can sometimes be jerky and disjointed. The blend here is a bit choppy. I found the whole narrative could have been expanded and more depth given to the characters and to the circumstances. He could have done a better job of building the growing relationship and love between them. That being said, this is a quick read, and one does get the sense that the two did overcome terrible circumstances to find each other and take a chance on a life together. Fifty-two years together is not a bad feat.

AL_KATI Oct 04, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a book, based on the author's parents' love story.

Jul 30, 2016

Ten stars out of five!! This is a beautiful, lyric portrayal of the author's parents who survived the death camps of WW2.


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