The Life of Objects

The Life of Objects

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Beatrice, a young Irish Protestant lace maker, finds herself whisked away from her humdrum life by a mysterious countess to join the Berlin household of the aristocratic couple the Metzenburgs. But as Beatrice is introduced to the highly rarified world of affluence and art collecting, the greater drama of Germany's aggression begins to overshadow it. Retreating with Beatrice to their country estate, the Metzenburgs do their best to ignore the encroaching war, until the realities of hunger and illness, as well as the even graver dangers of Nazi terror--the deportation and murder of Jews, hordes of refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army--begin to threaten their very existence. While the Metzenburgs become the virtual lord and lady of a growing population of men and women in hiding, Beatrice, increasingly attached to the family and its unlikely wartime community, bears heartrending witness to the atrocities of the age.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781455168910
1455168912
9781455168903
1455168904
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO FICTION Moore Susanna 10/2012
Characteristics: 6 audio discs (ca. 6.8 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.

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Dec 21, 2013

Beatrice, a young girl from West of Ireland wants more from life than what surrounds her in bleak 1938. Packed off to Germany as a lace maker she encounters an 'other worldly' experience. I felt the story gave new meaning to 'christian values' & selflessness.
This story is extremely well read & I will read the printed page because it had an impact. This is in my top 10 of the past several years, long to be remembered. Having read untold war histories, F/NF this one brings new thoughts to mind. Several elements add depth & meaning not previously revealed. How it comes to pass that people are moved about the globe for simple reasons are then caught in world changing events - amazes me. I want to know how this story came to be, why the author wrote it, what motivated her.
To the fliers I've lost, I'd like to hope someone like Beatrice was with them.

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