Of Love and Other Wars

Of Love and Other Wars London The profoundly moving story of a Quaker family and a Jewish family in love and at war during WWII At a rally in the Royal Albert Hall two Quaker brothers Paul and Charlie Lamb sign a p

  • Title: Of Love and Other Wars
  • Author: Sophie Hardach
  • ISBN: 9780857201348
  • Page: 145
  • Format: ebook
  • London, 1937 The profoundly moving story of a Quaker family and a Jewish family in love and at war during WWII.At a rally in the Royal Albert Hall, two Quaker brothers, Paul and Charlie Lamb, sign a pledge of peace that only one of them will honour Meanwhile, in a draughty Victorian mansion in Hampstead, Mr Morningstar wonders why his wife, a crystallographer from dynasLondon, 1937 The profoundly moving story of a Quaker family and a Jewish family in love and at war during WWII.At a rally in the Royal Albert Hall, two Quaker brothers, Paul and Charlie Lamb, sign a pledge of peace that only one of them will honour Meanwhile, in a draughty Victorian mansion in Hampstead, Mr Morningstar wonders why his wife, a crystallographer from dynasty of diamond cutters, turns into a cursing somnambulist at night, while their daughter, Miriam, comes home from her shifts at the munitions factory with her stockings inside out As the streets throng with khaki, the Lambs and the Morningstars must decide how to do good in a world transformed by evil Should a scientist use her skills to maximise civilian casualties Should a Quaker stand by as millions are murdered And is it possible to love someone if you hate their convictions When the two families are torn apart by war, Paul is forced to choose between his conscience and the woman he loves Of Love and Other Warsis a profoundly moving tale of faith, longing, and decisions made in the split second of silence between bullets, whose repercussions last a lifetime With distinctive flair and dazzling creative energy, Sophie Hardach pulls us into lives upended by betrayal, violence and passion Tender and absorbing An intriguing glimpse into the pacifist s world Esther Freud Poignant without ever being sentimental, morally complex and deftly woven this is a book that gets better and better with every chapter Gavin Extence, author of The Universe versus Alex Woods

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    About “Sophie Hardach”

    1. Sophie Hardach

      Sophie Hardach was born in 1979 and grew up in Germany She studied economics and political science at Edinburgh University and the National University of Singapore After graduating, she worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris, where she now lives.

    294 thoughts on “Of Love and Other Wars”

    1. I read Sophie Hardach's first book and really liked that. War isn't something that generally interests me and I rarely read historical fiction. In saying that, there is something about the way Hardach writes that I can't resist. The characters she writes about are interesting, genuine and approachable. With characters like that it moves away from being 'just another book about World War Two'. It took me a little while to get through this and the relatively large cast, long time frame and intertw [...]


    2. Hmmmm was enjoyable but I kept forgetting who people were! Maybe it would have been better as a holiday read when you can concentrate for a few days!!


    3. Of Love and Other Wars attracted me because of its vibrant cover and the high praise from critics plastered all over the book jacket. I have to admit that it wasn't what I was expecting really as the quoted passage on the back of the book cover does not wholly reflect what this book is all about, despite being one of the most poignant passages from within so in this case, I really wouldn't judge this book solely by its cover. Of Love and Other Wars is made up of three parts, spanning between 193 [...]


    4. I really enjoyed this story. The lives of the central characters are affected by the onset of WW2 in different ways, and their attitudes and needs are challenged as they weave in and out of each other's lives.


    5. "I hope I would have the faith and strength of mind to peacefully resist and dissuade him."Quaker brothers Charlie and Paul Lamb are caught up in the pacifist movement, then called to account for their actions when they register as conscientious objectors. For Paul's girlfriend Miriam Morningstar, his actions are less palatable - and Miriam's mother has plenty of her own demons to face.This *really* picked up towards the end. I posted a few weeks ago that I wasn't very enthused about this? Well, [...]


    6. A whole new perspective on WW2 told in a unique and compelling voice. Whilst the book ostensibly follows 2 Quaker brothers and Friends, it also weaves in the beliefs and traditions of the Quaker movement in a sympathetic light. The father had been in jail because of being a Quaker in WW1 and expects his sons to follow suit. We follow their call-up and subsequent tribunals. I won't spoil the story and tell what happens to them.Beside this we see a cast of characters from the European diamond busi [...]


    7. This was a brave effort by Hardach; a very original and thought provoking take on WW2. Sadly (you've guessed) it doesn't quite seem to hit the target. What went wrong? I'm not sure. There are a rich cast of characters, with complex characters and unique storylines - possibly too many for a fairly short book. I sometimes found it hard to disentangle the very complicated and diverse paths they follow; something with the plot development didn't quite work. A bit like a clunky manual gear shift - th [...]


    8. Not my usual thing but a thought provoking love story which is set in one of the most difficult times in history. Beautifully written although i personally struggled with some of the story due to my dyslexia and lack of understanding about quakers etc. This is still a heartbreaking story which shows the divide of families and what happens when you fall in love with some one who has beliefs you despise.A story that will certainly make you thick and not one that is a fluffy clouds read, more of on [...]


    9. A touching WWII novel told from an unusual perspective. The story follows the experiences of a Quaker family trying to reconcile their religious beliefs with the need to work for the war effort, and a family of European Jews trying to come to terms with the loss and suffering they experienced under the Reich. The characters are quite beautifully written, and there are some very moving passages alongside some rather comic ones.


    10. I've read a lot of books set during WWI & II recently. They've all been pretty good and this is another corker. It has a different perspective as the main characters are Quakers and therefore pacifists and conchies. It's a love story too, and there are side stories about women in science, and diamond cutting. You'll have to read it to see how that lot coalesces into a single story.


    11. I had much higher hopes for this novel. It had a lot of potential with the topic (conscientious objectors/Quakers, Britain, WWII) but it wasn't a compelling read and didn't keep me turning the pages the way the Registrar's Manual did It came together in the end but in a somewhat rushed ending.


    12. An intelligent and thoughtful romantic drama centering around the motivations of conscientious objectors in WW2. The characters are deftly and sympathetically drawn as some difficult issues are handled with sensitivity and insight.



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