Monday, February 6, 2012

Pictures of the Past- Deby Eisenberg

Pictures of the Past
Deby Eisenberg

This novel spans from 1937, Pre World War II to the year 2005. Taking a love story that began in 1937 and intertwining it throughout the generations that followed until it comes full circle for the reader. I love the historical background the author uses to describe Germany and Europe during this pre war season. Where things are just heating up with Hitler, and one of the main characters is a Jew. 
I struggled a bit in the beginning of the novel as the story was getting set up. The author needed us to start seeing the roles of each person and how the thread of their lives would weave through each story.My feeble mind makes jumping around in time a bit difficult for me. I did much better once we were heading in a forward motion and at that point I couldn't put it down. Such a deep love, overshadowed by the pressures and tragedies of that time. 
I really enjoyed the art history as well, even if Deby took some liberties in creating paintings of her own mind. I would not have known anyhow!
It was a great read and obvious time spent recounting true history in a novel fashion.
Thanks so much to Pump Up for a review copy of this book.

1 comment:

  1. Melanie --
    You have a beautiful, vibrant website and I am so delighted that you have chosen to tell your readers about my novel, Pictures of the Past. I am so proud that it has been appearing on a number of Best Fiction of 2011 library lists. All the best to you for continued success ith your ventures.