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The Silence of Trees (English Edition) par [Lupescu, Valya Dudycz]
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Longueur : 336 pages Langue : Anglais

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In Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets. When she was sixteen, Nadya snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family. Decades later, Nadya continues to be haunted by the death of her parents and sisters. The myths and magic of her childhood are still a part of her reality: dreams unite friends across time and space, house spirits misplace keys and glasses, and a fortuneteller's cards predict the future. Nadya's beloved dead insist on being heard through dreams and whispers in the night. They want the truth to come out. Nadya needs to face her past and confront the secrets she buried--in The Silence of Trees.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 413 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0982126131
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  • Editeur : Wolfsword Press (1 janvier 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004HO65M2
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful story and a lesson in writing rolled up in one 5 octobre 2010
Par R. Kyle - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Nearly three years ago, I read the first 5000 words of this story for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Ms. Lupescu left me in a Ukranian forest full of German soldiers bent on rape with sixteen year old Nadya seeking her fortune from a clan of gypsies.

I've wondered what happened ever since. I bought "The Silence of Trees" as soon as the book was available via Amazon and even paid extra for second day delivery. I sat down with the book and a cup of tea expecting to finish in one sitting.

Normally, I'm a serial devourer of books, but "The Silence of Trees" was entirely too rich for that. I paused at 75 pages and dreamed that night of the gypsy camp. Music, counterpointed by the jangle of tambourines rang in my ears. I even saw the raven-haired dancer clad in red and gold.

I followed Nadya through fifty years of her life, learning what it was like to lose family during World War II, to live in a German work camp, and to finally immigrate to a new land where you do not speak the language and begin anew. Each step is full of the same vivid detail as the initial scenes. Nadya and her family grow and become as real as next-door neighbors.

Ms. Lupescu's prose truly is the stuff that dreams are made of. The narrative voice of her protagonist Nadya remains strong throughout nearly fifty years of her life. You can almost taste the kolachi and feel the willow switches on your backside on Palm Sunday. The best of literature transports you to places you have never been. While some of the locales of "Silence" are places you may not have wished to be, there's heart and hope in every page.

Rebecca Kyle, October 2010
118 internautes sur 121 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A little known culture comes to life with beauty and poignancy! 12 mai 2011
Par Cindy Gelpi - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Having not known much about the history of the Ukrainian people during the second World War, reading this story was like taking a walk in the shoes of the narrator, 70 year-old Nadya Lysenko, and reliving her heart-wrenching experiences during this turbulent and hellish time. We feel her intense and conflicting feelings towards her first love Stephan, her deep guilt and confusion over a simple decision to leave the house one night to visit a fortune-telling gypsy, and her survivor's guilt when so many around her perish, and she manages not only to survive, but thrive. Decisions she makes in an attempt to survive her ordeal come back to haunt her later during her relatively normal life in the U.S. after the war. Lupescue successfully weaves the tale from the past to the present, and the reader slowly becomes aware of all Nadya is holding inside and keeping from her children, grandchildren and even her husband. The reader feels the pressure and pain of bearing so many secrets and begins to understand why the generation who lived through this travesty may not care to discuss their past.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to learn about another culture and experience history in an up-close and personal manner. The poetic nature of the novel, the use of trees and nature as symbols, the folkloric and superstitious manner the narrator uses to describe her memories all blend together to make this a rich novel worthy of a second reading or discussion by a reading group or history class. I think the book would be a great accompaniment to a college international studies course, especially one that focuses on eastern Europe. Like the pysanky egg, the book has layers and details that all come together beautifully in the end. Some may say the ending is a little too neat, but I like the hopeful note the author concludes on.

Can you tell I really loved this book?

P.S. Having recently traveled to Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, I noticed the elderly in those countries very reserved and reticent to talk with "foreigners," unlike the youth who were very friendly and carefree. This book gave me a good understanding of why that might be as many, I am sure, had lived through communist regimes and German occupation.
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Time Well Spent to Read 29 septembre 2011
Par Suzanne - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have never been so glad that Amazon puts forth a series of recommendations for site users. This novel came to my attention because of its appearance on that list and I am so thankful. It has been a very long time since a novel impacted my emotions with such force. I actually found myself crying at several different junctures of the protagonist's life.

As others have stated, the book is the story of Nadia Lysenko and her journey from that of a teen wanting her fortune told to a grandmother who must face her demons to be truly happy. The book weaves almost seamlessly from the past to the present and back to the past on multiple occasions. It's not at all difficult for the reader to easily make these transitions because this book is so well written.

The Silence of Trees leaves me with the feeling that this author has given us all a gift by sharing her talent. The novel succeeds on so many different levels. There is not only an amazing story, it is intertwined with folklore from the Ukrainian culture that adds to the story's enrichment and character development.

I have spent far more money on novels that I enjoyed a great deal less. This book is a prime example that the cost of a novel shouldn't be considered proportional to whether or not the content is worth the time to read. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to any woman. I'm not sure the male gender would embrace it as wholeheartedly because the story is told from the perspective of a woman but won't deny the possibility exists that I could be wrong about that. All I can say for sure is that the memory of the story will always stay with me.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Made for TV drama? But not for me. 30 août 2013
Par Harry - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This may well be quite a good book - but unfortunately it just did not appeal to me.

Too many ghosts, spirits, omens, signs. Too much melodrama, pathos, incredible coincidence. The first snowflakes of the season falling during a romantic outing, the late husband's photo crashing down as his widow kisses her new love, the like-named cousins killed in Vietnam and Afghanistan - and as for the distinguished and cultured older romance, Andriy Polotsky, I couldn't get the disturbing image of Andre Rieu out of my mind. Poor Andriy, the synopsis of his play sounded awful (a Nazi with a tail - really?).

I'm sure many people will enjoy this book, especially if they have a Ukrainian connection, but it does not resonate for me. It should have been an in depth character study, but the characters never came alive.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 BEAUTIFUL 24 mai 2015
Par M Cassady - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is the best book I have ever read. Period. I can't recall what it was that drew me to this book, however I am forever changed because of it. This is a remarkably touching, beautifully written novel. It was so moving to me that I wept through numerous parts of the unveiling. I spontaneously touched/kissed my husband, thankful for the love we share. I sought out my children just to speak a few words to them. This is story telling at it's finest. I love History and reading about other cultures and their traditions and that is exactly what I got from this novel. It has left me feeling wistful of the many years spent with my husband, shed a different light on our many ups and downs. It has left me thankful that I nor my children grew up during a time of such hate. Thankful for my beautiful daughters and my Mother and sisters. This is is not an overtly sad story, but there are some sad parts. If you enjoy reading about "real life" I whole heartedly recommend this book. I have no idea how I will be able to successfully follow up The Silence Of Trees. No other book will ever invoke such feeling in me.
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