I have decided to update on some of the many books I have enjoyed recently.

As I work on my book, I would like to simply promote reading in general. I love me some books. Hope you enjoy discovering good books too.

Last Train to IstanbulLast Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Last Train To Istanbul gave me some cultural and historical insight into another geographic area during the German occupation of France.

The story starts in Turkey and continues in France. A Muslim girl marries a Jewish man and they move. They face the shunning of their families and settle in France, only to face the possibility of extermination due to their Jewish heritage.

I am not a huge reader of novels, but the historic nature of this was what kept me crawling through it. I would say that it is a bit slow, but that might be the nature of most novels in this genre.
There was plenty of action as friends, loved ones, and even the main characters were affected by mass extermination of people because they were simply Jewish.

The title refers to the fact that the Turkish government sought to give it's citizens protection. This meant bringing many of them home. They maintained neutrality as they provided Germany with the needed aluminum for their vehicles.

There are harrowing moments as well as times of touching speeches and such. I will now look at a new (for me) aspect of World War II and it's heroes and villains.

The first quarter would have gained less than four stars, but the latter half redeemed the story for this destractable man. Much of the tale had a beauty that can only be experienced.

No spoilers from me.

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