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Kindle å The Bone Church µ Victoria Dougherty In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some dubious alliances – with a mysterious Roman Catholic cardinal a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement and a gypsy with a risky sex life As one by one their chances for fleeing the THE UNBEARABLE HEAVINESS OF BEING'The Bone Church' by Victoria Dougherty is a beautifully crafted piece of fiction Set largely in and around Prague the narrative alternates between the time of the Nazi occupation and specific events in 1956 when Czechoslovakia was under the heel of the Soviets The central concept deals with the lengths people will go to in order to survive in an inhuman landscapeThe writing is spare and tense with an authentic Eastern European feel The Sword of Damocles hangs over the heads of the main characters Felix and Magdalena and the reader is drawn skilfully into a world of mistrust and paranoia The threat of betrayal is ever present The twisting narrative enhanced by its time dislocated structure is claustrophobic and dark a meditation on suffering and redemptionAt times I was put in mind of the works of Milan Kundera while the novel also has something of Graham Greene's 'The Third Man' about it The Church of All Saints the 'Bone Church' of the title sits at the metaphorical core of the book a constant reminder of impermanence and mortality Like Eliot and Webster before him Ms Dougherty knows well the skull beneath the skin and how life and death elidePeopled with memorable characters and with some fine plotting Ms Dougherty's novel is a serious candidate for my Book of the Year 2014

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Book ✓ The Bone Church Æ 308 pages Download ☆ In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some dubious alliances – with a mysterious Roman Catholic cardinal a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement and a gypsy with a risky sex life Ts of Prague while Magdalena is thrust even deeper into the bowels of a city that betrayed her and a homeland soon to be swallowed by the Soviets As they emerge from the shadowy fog of World War II and stagger into the foul haze of the Cold War Felix and Magdalena must confront the past and a dangerous uncertain futu “The Bone Church” by Victoria Dougherty is a gripping and atmospheric historical thriller that intelligently weaves two narratives into one another One is set in 1956 and involves a rescue mission to get a woman out of Czechoslovakia aided by the Vatican while another plot line is set in German occupied Moravia and Prague during WW2Both plots involve Magdalena a Jewish woman and her gentile husband Felix under ground hiding and resistance fighters an assassination plot The suspense will keep you close to the edge of your seat The book is both entertaining with its dramatic curve and also educational and insightful for those of us who have only basic knowledge of life in Czechoslovakia during and especially after WW2 Dougherty skilfully portrays life and its difficulties for Jews Czechs and gypsies under the Nazis with excellently drawn characters while also providing some lesser known facts and historical events in Czechia and Slovakia; in particular a show trial in 1952 really showed me how little I knew about the post war period Although the level of suspense is always high in the rewarding way of great underground spy thrillers it never loses sight of the seriousness of the times The bone church of the title is a small Roman Catholic chapel in Sedlec a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic and contains artistically arranged bones from skeletons to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel Its symbolism and function as returning focal point for the story contributes to the artful and ever so stylish canvass that the author is painting onDougherty has a sharp and observing mind that can uickly draw a picture scene or a character with only a few well chosen words and attributes but her descriptions go beyond bare skeletons and show how well researched the book is and how competent the writing Her understanding of the human psyche makes her characters either likeable or laughable but always memorable Her dry sense of humour and wit liven the novel in a welcomed understated way Corruption and underhand dealings are seen for what they are as is naivety It is hard to pitch irony in a serious novel but the author has done a perfect job at it The writing is authentic stylish realistic and very addictive

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The Bone Church Country collapse the two join a plot to assassinate Hitler’s nefarious Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Josef Goebbels But the assassination attempt goes wildly wrong propelling the lovers in separate directions Felix’s destiny is sealed at the Bone Church a mystical pilgrimage site on the outskir To everyone who reads this book and wants to give up I get it I uickly read the first 7% only to be confused and I set it aside to return as I respect this author and the story behind how this book came to be writtenI returned to the book again at the beginning of the month and read it again from the start Once I read the first fifth of the book I was in to it and wanted to read it uickly to the endWhy is this; I read reviews where readers are switched off and lose the plot literally But the book may be read at a different time and bowl a reader like me away as seen by the many 4 and 5 star reviewsFor me the answer is simple having read Victoria Dougherty's blogs as recorded in the book Cold which shares much of the author's background family history and passionate personality When you have met an author or get their thing through their eyes or existing work you just seem to have an in and thereafter delight in their writing style or what they are trying to express in their workSo does that mean if they write a shopping list it would get 5 stars? No but it means I am confident returning to familiar authors who consistently deliver However reading is about taking risks and finding new authors and styles in my opinion and that is what makes my connection with this author so special to me I found her without expectation and have now a new rewarding reading stream that makes my reading fresh and stimulatingSo 5 stars but now the why The plot is explained elsewhere All I wish to say that the book shows the strength of the human spirit in times of real adversityThat this story resonates is because it reflects the author's personal knowledge and family history It must have been written at great cost but can leave the author very proud of her heritage and her descendants In this story there are heroes and villains When you are going against a political system and under pressure your own people cave and betray their own citizens or re evaluate life in terms of ethnicity racial links and religion you are at the lowest you can be Devoid of friends safety opportunity and criminalised That this occurs twice in this novel is a story in itself and re enforces the blackness in some systems and states Here we have both Nazism and Stalinism and a common enemy among normal human beingsThis is a story that needs to be told and the lessons of history are slow to be learned in my lifetime as those who flee oppression are stigmatised face persecution and terror to the point of death In closed societies today people are held captive in their own country in fear of arrest or exposureThose who can't run or hide often face the injustice through underground or resistance groupsThis book brought all that to my attention through a fiction story that is rich in locations and history I loved the various characters especially Felix and Srut It is worth investing your time and persevering with this book