This book is set right at the end of WWII in Central Europe. Instead of focusing on the war and international fighting, this story centers around people and family -- the internal wars among them during crisis. I found it interesting that communism was presented in both its pure and twisted forms enabling an understanding of how brilliant social ideas can be misinterpreted, mismanaged and lost to memory forever.
Such a intelligent, interesting book. It begins in a castle in Corenia (fictional country near Czechslovakia) in the last days of World War II as the Red Army moves into Central Europe. The author follows the fates of those who arrive at the castle seeking shelter, an abandoned baby of unknown origin, a young girl who arrives drenched in blood, a young comrade, the owner of the castle who is a count, and a group of Russian trained partisans. The lives of these characters (and their offspring) are touched by this experience and all roads lead back to the country.
a fascinating book--well-written, and so entertaining it 's difficult to believe it's a serious book--set in Eatern Europe--from the end of WWII to present--about rise & fall of Communism.