Patient Number 7

  • Title: Patient Number 7
  • Author: Kurt Palka
  • ISBN: 9780771071317
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Patient Number Inspired by a true story and based on a wealth of family documents this elegant and compelling novel chronicles the lives of two families from the s through the coming of the Nazis and World War
    Inspired by a true story and based on a wealth of family documents, this elegant and compelling novel chronicles the lives of two families from the 1930s through the coming of the Nazis and World War II, and the long, difficult post War period to the present A must read for fans of Irene Nemirovsky, Hans Fallada, and Bernhard Schlink s The Reader This vividly realized, mInspired by a true story and based on a wealth of family documents, this elegant and compelling novel chronicles the lives of two families from the 1930s through the coming of the Nazis and World War II, and the long, difficult post War period to the present A must read for fans of Irene Nemirovsky, Hans Fallada, and Bernhard Schlink s The Reader This vividly realized, masterfully executed novel is a window into a little explored corner of history Patient Number 7 is a story of love between an aristocratic young woman and the cavalry officer later Panzer officer in the German army she marries between friends who help each other through the Nazi takeover of Austria, the war, and what was sometimes worse, the liberation between a mother and her two very different daughters But it is also the story of a nation s darkest days, and its slow recovery during one of the most convulsive, violent periods of human history Beautifully written, haunting, and ultimately redemptive, it is a work of great skill and great compassion.

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    1. Nazis. The very word still strikes us with terror, disgust, and evokes the epitome of inhumane actions. It was interesting to find out that the word is actually a shortened form of the National Socialists political party.In this superbly documented novel, including family documents and many interviews, this story shows both sides. The terrors and inhumanity inflicted during WWII was not restricted to the Nazis. Every country involved in the war was guilty of murdering innocents, regardless of wh [...]

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    2. Most books about WWII are from the side of the victors or they are about the atrocities Hitler unleashed on the Jews. This book is about how difficult it was for those forced to fight for Hitler, forced to live under his rule.Before the war, before any knowledge that there will be a war, Clara is studying for her PhD in Vienna when she meets Albert. They quickly fall in love and becoming deeply attached. Clara is welcomed into his family immediately, though her family doesn't approve of Albert a [...]

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    3. I've read many books about Hitler's Germany, but this is the first one that pointed out the difficult times for the non-Jews. Clara is an engaging book that I will remember for a long time to come.

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    4. Loved it!Touching, compassionate, gentle, informative, haunting, questioning, loving and understanding about a time when all of the above descriptors were nonexistent. Palka weaves a touching tale of lives that could well have been during a time that should never have been.Despite everything that has been said, written & shown about WWII, we will never know for sure why, but we had better be sure, never again. Anyone who has an interest in this time period, truth-telling as best humans can, [...]

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    5. Thoughtful and thought provoking. I bookmarked more in this book then most. Not normally drawn to philosophical thinking but this book spoke to me. Yes it's about war, but also the human condition and spirit.

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    6. This was a unique POV for a WWII historical fiction: that of the average German who was only trying to survive WWII with their humanity intact. I liked how the author shows us a woman whose husband’s family is caught up in the fervor of the rising Nazis only to be disabused by the darker aspects. Clara gives us a human face to the regular Germans whose lives were swept up by the Nazis and transformed into a thing they hardly recognize. She’s studying in university and looking forward to a fu [...]

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    7. This was a Giveaway for me. I am grateful to both and Random House of Canada for the book. Honest review:Beautiful cover and a good premise. I always enjoy reading stories about the Holocaust because there is just so much information about what happened before, during, and after that horrible time period. I've read so many books on this topic by now and yet every time I read another I learn new information. So, I was excited to receive and read this novel. There were some good parts. I liked r [...]

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    8. I wasn't ever able to connect emotionally with Clara - the book or the character. This era has a lot of personal significance for me, and I was interested to read about it from the "other side" (kind of), but the whole book had a clinical feel and wasn't all that interesting until about the final third. At that point it felt very rushed and where it could have been dramatic and helped me invest in the characters it skimmed over things like a news report.This is also an excellent example of how N [...]

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    9. This story is classified as a historical novel. Clara is a young woman living in Vienna in the 1930's. Despite objections from her family, she falls in love and marries Albert. It's the beginning of the changing climate in Germany and Austria. We usually hear about the lives of the Jews and other minorities whom Hitler sought to eliminate, but this story is from the perspective of the citizens of Germany and Austria and how much difficulty they had under Hitler's rule. As an aside, the story men [...]

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    10. I won this book in a First Reads contest.Clara is a PhD student in Austria in the early 1930s, studying under the likes of Heidegger and Freud, during the rise of Nazism, the German anschluss of Austria, World War II, and the aftermath. "Clara" is a beautifully written book in which the events leading up to, during and after the war are just a backdrop. In the first chapter, we learn that Clara has just buried her husband. She is going through and organizing belongings in the house, including t [...]

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    11. ClaraandVienna Nocturnewere just two books I happened to be reading that took place at Vienna. However, that is where most of the similarities end.Claratakes place in a world where socialism, nationalism, and communism are very near and real. In a world where everyone has different ideas about how it should be governed.Clarais set in Vienna just before the outbreak of World War II. Clara Herzog is a student at Vienna University and is taught by teachers like the esteemed Sigmund Freud. Clara is [...]

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    12. - First Reads WinnerThis book was good, due to its focus on philosophy and women's role in the 1930s-1940s. Clara was a relatable and intriguing character who wanted to have more than a husband and a family. Her interest in philosophy and her eventual doctorate lent a an interesting perspective to this book. The book did not name-drop the names associated with 1940s Germany that appear in Holocaust fiction, because it focused on philosophers such as Nietzsche and Freud. These philosophers influe [...]

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    13. This is the second book I have read by this author and am struck again by the way he writes. It is simple and to the point, but has a warmth to it that I really like. I learned more about WWII; this time through a story written from the point of view of non-Jewish, Austrian people who are caught up, through no choice of their own, in a country controlled by the Nazi's. I found this to be a touching story, even though there were so many horrendous things going on.

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    14. Historical fiction about a young woman at university in Vienna in the 30's and follows her through WWII. It revolves back and forth between the past and her present as an elderly woman. I enjoyed reading the history, but felt the protagonist seemed detached emotionally, although given the emphasis on existential philosophy, this may have been the authors intent

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    15. "The dying often choose their time. It's as if they came to a place where the dead need them more than the living, and they want to let goThey close their eyes. They make the decision. They withdraw. "

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    16. Clara is the story of an Austrian woman's life before, during and after the second World War. I have read a lot of World War II fiction but not a lot about the Austrian experience so I found this book quite enlightening as well as entertaining. The author is an Austrian-Canadian former film maker. The story rings with authenticity. Highly recommended.

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    17. Took me a while to finish this book and I think the reason is that I didn't get attached to the characters. the author style is quick and some scenes are overlooked and described with the least details. overall I enjoyed learning how the war was perceived from the other side.

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    18. I tried twice to read this book - a friend really liked it. But I couldn't get into itdidn't finish.

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    19. Great point of view. People forget even within a generation.

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    20. This is written from another person's perspective altogether.

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    21. Interesting weave of philosophy 101 into a Nazi civilian's perspective of WW II. This book also goes by the title Clara. ****

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    22. This is WWll from a German perspective.A story told about a woman named Clara and how she endures the horrors of the war as a German wife of a military officer. There is also a small flair of Canada eg: Nova Scotia and I enjoyed reading about that.Also I have read The Piano Maker by the same author and I really enjoyed that book.

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    23. I received an advance reading copy of this as part of First Reads. Kurt Palka's novel tells the story of a young Austrian woman who finds herself falling in love with a man her family does not approve of. During their courtship and subsequent marriage, they find themselves being enmeshed in the Nazi military and all that comes along with the Nazi war machine during World War II. When Clara's husband is called away to the front, she finds herself home alone with a young child and being forced to [...]

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    24. Another beautifully-written book by Palka. This book takes place at the beginning of WWII in Austria and highlights the choices the characters need to make to survive. The protagonist, Clara, studies literature and philosophy and meets the great thinkers of our time. With every occurrence in her life, she tries to live to her ideals. She writes daily of the happenings around her which allows the reader to understand the plight of some Germans and Austrians forcefully swept up by a mad dictator. [...]

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    25. - first reads winnerAlthough fiction, Clara was inspired by documented and recorded events. The story begins in the 1930's as Vienna is anticipating World War ll.Clara Herzog was a student at Vienna University in 1931. Clara's ambition was to be a writer and a teacher and perhaps a literary translator - a portable career that would allow her to have a family. It was during this time that she met Albert Leonhardt. Clara's entire family disapproved of Albert from the beginning. Her father, whose l [...]

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    26. I have received an advanced reading copy of Clara by Kurt Palka through the giveaways.I found that this book reads more like a textbook that someone attempted to write in novel form. There is more information about what is happening in the world and other’s lives than in Clara’s. The detail of which was spent on her professors and their classes also made me feel like I was back in college reading a text book.I suppose that I would have liked the book more if there had not been so much philo [...]

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    27. It's a book about a young woman living in Germany during WWII. She is married to a German soldier, and the book follows her entire life, jumping around from the past to the present (when she is an old woman) and ends with her death. First off, I'll say that I enjoyed the perspective of a young German woman during the war. I'd never read from that viewpoint before and I found it very interesting and I was able to empathize with her. Her husband wasn't a Nazi, really, he was one who was in the Weh [...]

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    28. Your Fault!!As mentioned by several other reviews, this book presented WWII from the perspective of an educated woman married to a Nazi military leader. This novel is from a vastly different perspective than the typical Allied forces or the persecuted Jewish individual. The first half of the book is rather dry, but if you keep the faith some fascinating concepts are discussed. One of those concepts was the Doctrine of Collective Guilt. The Psychological Warfare Division (PWD) of the Supreme Head [...]

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    29. A sweeping tale of love and friendship, for readers of Suite Francaise, The Reader, and The Imposter Bride. Clara Herzog is a privileged, intelligent, and thoughtful young woman whose world is changed forever when 1930s Vienna is swept up by the dark prelude of the Second World War. The cavalry officer she married in spite of her family's objections is soon called away to the thick of the conflict, and it falls to Clara, as to so many mothers, wives, sisters, and sweethearts through the centurie [...]

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    30. Clara and Albert are so in love. They are deliriously happy. She is working on her Doctorate in Vienna, he is an officer in the Austrian army, serving in an equestrienne unit. The year is 1932.The world is about to change.This novel, about a woman whose husband is in the military and is gone for long periods of time, could take place in America. But, it doesn't. Albert is sent from Austria to Germany to the Russian front to Africa. Clara and Albert cannot ignore what is happening, the millions d [...]

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