Thanks to all the kind-hearted readers who took the time to leave a review for Ludwika. Since writing this blog post yesterday another nine new reviews came in. I’m thrilled to bits.
Reviews are so important on Amazon to be visible; they are also great feedback for the author and guidance for other readers. I appreciate all of them!
on March 28, 2016
This book just gets better with every page. Just when you think you have figured out the next plot, you turn the page and find out that you are wrong.
on March 28, 2016
Takes one into the times that we need to remember so we do not repeat history. A very compelling read.
on March 28, 2016
Well-written, emotionally complex – and based on a true story. What a terrible time in history, when a young polish woman must make difficult decisions in order to survive. This is an intricate portrait of a woman who impersonates an SS officer in order to stay afloat in the Nazi regime. This story has the over-arching driving question and problem that keeps the action going. Highly recommended.
on March 26, 2016
Christoph Fischer’s “Ludwika” lends itself very well to the author’s journalistic style which was so much in evidence in his “Three Nations” trilogy. The novel is a (partly) fictionalised account of a real person, Ludwika Gierz, who suffered terribly during WWII. Fischer has cleverly ‘filled in the gaps’ in her story to create a compelling tale of suffering and survival. His prose never sinks to the level of sentimentality but rather, as in his earlier books, invites the reader to examine Ludwika’s journey with empathy, yet with a degree of objectivity: men may not be monsters, yet they hold within them the potential for monstrous acts. A thoughtful and very worthwhile read.
on March 25, 2016
I did not give this book a 5 because the wording was awkward at times making for frustrating reading. But I liked the premise of the book: take a real European person who lived through WWII of whom hardly any details are known and write a historical fiction about that person. I feel the author follows through with an intriguing story. His attention to research comes through when he is able to detail day-to-day experiences in the camps. I also liked his descriptions of the various countrysides and cities in Poland and Germany. He did a good job of making one feel that they were right there witnessing the action.
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on March 25, 2016

Christoph Fisher has written a compelling read.

Ludwika, is one of millions of forced slave laborers during and shortly after WW11.

Ludwika did what many other women did at that time, survive. A beautiful woman who had to leave her daughter, sister and mother behind in terrible times, not knowing what their fate would be. Hope that her family was okay was her only comfort. She made the best of her situation with an SS officer in a war where suffering and oppression by Germans who supported Hitler was the norm.

Fisher’s research of the events during this war gives the story authenticity and an attempt to help today’s person to understand in some small way what it was like to live in those times.

on March 25, 2016
Warts and all story of war and post war survival. The lengths to which some people have to go to survive and one can’t help but admire them for it. And how some people can get their wires crossed and refuse to attempt unscrambling them. Hopefully there’ll be stories like this about Syria in time.
on March 23, 2016
Interesting…. sad,can 005
on March 21, 2016
Was intrigued all the way thru. Loved the suspense, the timeline, the locale, the drama, the choices, the family, the sacrifice. Couldn’t put it down.
on March 20, 2016
This is a interesting story about the occupation of Poland from a true tale of a women’s survival. History can repeat itself, as this story is similar to
atrocities happening today.
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