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Love and TreasureYork Jew is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure a responsibility that grows complicated when he meets Ilona a fierce beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust Seventy years later amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter Natalie Stein and charges her with searching for an unknown woman a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt Natalie a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave and to. I've always been intrigued by Ayelet Waldman I've read several of her books and usually wanted to like them than I eventually did So I was really happy to see her step up into a new realm and go for something very different It's perhaps her most successful novel tooIf you're like me you've read a lot of WWII novels a lot of holocaust novels and sometimes I avoid them because there have already been so many But I love the approach Waldman takes It's not about either the war or the holocaust directly but the several connected stories in different time periods center around the Hungarian Gold Train a shipment of valuable property once owned by the Jews of Hungary and confiscated by the government After the war the US guards the property specifically under the guard of Jack one of the central characters of the novel Also featured in the stories are Natalie Jack's granddaughter who is fulfilling his last wish of returning one of the pieces from the gold train to a rightful owner The stories cover a hundred years and several countries They are connected without being too close The prose is different as we move to different places and times And each section is successful on its own something that rarely happens in this kind of book

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A spellbinding new novel of contraband masterpieces tragic love and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes Ayelet Waldman’s Love and Treasure weaves a tale around the fascinating true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second Love and PDF or World WarIn on the outskirts of Salzburg victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches piles of fine gold watches mountains of fur coats crates filled with wedding rings silver picture frames family heirlooms and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations Jack Wiseman a tough smart New. 35 What first attracted me this book was the mention of the Hungarian Jews most of the Holocaust books I have read seemed to be of the German or Polish Jews That this takes place after the Americans have liberated the camps was also a plus The 42 car gold train as it came to be known ended up in Hungary and was put into the control of the Americans and for the purpose of this story into the protection of a young American Jewish officer named Jack Wiseman The cars of course filled with the possessions of the Hungarian Jews sent to the camps and many to their deaths What happened to the Jewish people that survived the camps but no longer had any place to call home no where to goThis is a generational novel and though it starts with Jack and then on to his granddaughter the storyline actually follows a peacock necklace that Jack takes from the warehouse The story is divided into three parts each part interesting in its own way following history and the rightful owner of this necklace The last part even lets us into the thought processes of an eminent psychiatrist A story well told of guilt love new beginnings and forgivenessIn the last part of the book Jack ridden with guilt over taking the necklace realizes The wealth of the Jews of Hungary of all of Europe was to be found not in the laden boxcars of the Gold Train but in the grandmothers and mothers and daughters themselves in the doctors and lawyers the grain dealers and psychiatrists the writers and artists and artists who had created a culture of sophistication of intellectual and artistic achievement And that wealth everything of real value was but all extinguished As with all the best novels this one has pointed me toward further reading In the acknowledgements the author mentions the guidance of Ronald Zweig and his book The Gold Train The Destruction of the Jews and the Looting of Hungary I read in the Wiki that a settlement agreement of this gold train by the United States took place on September 30 2005 So many years laterARC from publisher

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Love and Treasure Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â ❮EPUB❯ ✻ Love and Treasure ✶ Author Ayelet Waldman – A spellbinding new novel of contraband masterpieces tragic love and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes Ayelet Waldman’sFind a way out of the mess she has made of her own lifeA story of brilliantly drawn characters a suave and shady art historian a delusive and infatuated Freudian a family of singing circus dwarfs fallen into the clutches of Josef Mengele and desperate lovers facing choices that will tear them apart Love and Treasure is Ayelet Waldman’s finest novel to date a sad funny richly detailed work that poses hard uestions about the value of precious things in a time when life itself has no value and about the slenderest of chains that can bind us to the griefs and passions of the pas. As a piece of historical fiction particularly one that deals with lesser discussed aspects of history related to WWII this is an impressive book On the other hand as a piece of original fiction which simply serves as a worthwhile read in itself history interests aside I'm less comfortable recommending itMy largest concern with the book is that it seems incredibly derivative of The White Hotel though Waldman's work is far concerned with art The structure especially reminds me of Thomas' work a few large separate parts coming from narrators and protagonists of different genders backgrounds interests and experiences with Freudian psychology as a centerpiece of one and coming from the analyst even though Waldman's work is certainly less experimental or shocking and sticks to straight prose Odd as it is because of that association the book ended up coming across as formulaic when I reached the third part of the novel where psychology comes in and I lost considerable interest because of it and I suppose I have to say I lost some amount of respect for the work as wellAs an entertaining read associations with Thomas aside there were other issues Waldman's handle of history and intrigue is admirable but her writing of romance and familial relationships verged on the sentimental whenever conflict wasn't central to a scene In fact the first very short part was so incredibly sentimental that I probably wouldn't have read beyond its brief dozen pages if I hadn't received the book through a first reader program and been expected to write a review After that first part the book did pick up but sentimentality and romance were still serious downfalls within the work partly because they were simply overly sentimental and partly because they were just not as well written as other portions most portions of the novelAnd yet There is material worth admiring here Waldman's handling of history regarding Hungarian Jews in the aftermath of World War II and Hungarian women in the years preceding World War I is graceful and clever as is the intricate way in which she connected numerous sub plots and characters across a full century of time For the most part the book is well written if occasionally over written a good example being the first part which I think the book would be stronger withoutIn the end I don't see myself recommending this book on to any but readers specifically interested in aspects of history dealt with in the novel such as Hungarian Jews the Gold Train andor the state of Hungary directly following World War II I truly wanted to like this book and I'm sure I would have liked it had I not read and appreciated DM Thomas' The White Hotel in the pastbut of course I did read that work and the associations are impossible to ignore