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All the Broken Places: A Novel

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Publisher

Penguin Books (November 28, 2023)

Language

English

Paperback

400 pages

ISBN-10

0593653440

ISBN-13

978-0593653449

Item Weight

10 ounces

Dimensions

5.25 x 0.85 x 7.95 inches

Reviews (7)

7 reviews for All the Broken Places: A Novel

  1. Reads for pleasure

    This is the first story of the horrors of Germany I have read about from a young German girl’s perspective whose father was a commandant in the German army. It tells her story from the time she lived next to a camp not truly understanding but knowing. Her guilt and life having to change her name and hide from Nazi hunters. Was she guilty? Should she have been punished for her father’s deeds? It’s up to you to decide.

  2. kaiba

    The plot is unique to me; I was fascinated by the time line arrangement of the story.
    It is gruesome, but not sensationally bloody.
    I am following the author, but it will be awhile before I read another of his works. Judging the “books by its covers” , I’m reasonable sure the subjects will be similar.
    Well written and mesmerizing…..Haunting … Terrifying.

  3. A. Finch

    John Boyne’s “All The Broken Places” is a gripping novel that won’t let go of you even after you have finished it. It’s the story of the life a woman who was born the daughter of the Commandant of a Nazi death camp. The story only briefly touches on that time. But of course, her family history casts a shadow over her entire life.
    The novel travels through two separate tracks of time. It begins in 2022 where she lives as a 91-year old woman in London. We learn the current situation of her life. The novel then flashes back to protagonist and her mother fleeing from Germany to France after the war. The stories wend separately through the novel, growing closer in time until they finally connect at the last.
    The story touches many lives but always comes back to the central question- how do people deal with evil, particularly when it permeates their own life.
    The woman at the end of the novel is not the woman at the beginning. She has made a space and provided for those she loves, as she meets the current face of evil that has come into her life.
    All The Broken Places is not easy reading. But it is first rate story telling. For those who like stories that follow world history, replete with interesting yet damaged characters, this may be the novel for you.

  4. Linda Hubbell

    I thought this book to be an interesting read. I enjoy historical fiction, so this novel reads well in that regard. But it stretches the imagination to think that Gretel’s mother, a German trying to hide her German nationality, would go to Paris with her 15 year old daughter after the war. It’s not logical! Perhaps, if they had gone to Switzerland or Sweden or another country that had been neutral during that period it might make sense. But really, you have to suspend belief to think she would have gone to Paris.

    Then, I find it hard to believe that Gretel had so much guilt. She was a child/teen when the events happened. She lived in a controlling environment and had been essentially brainwashed from an early age. It was like being in a cult. She knew right from wrong in the context of which she had grown up. This is not to absolve her of all actions, but really the guilt seems overdone considering the lack of control she had over anything. A psychologist could best speak to this, but we do know that a persons brain is often not fully developed until their late to mid- twenties. The heavy guilt about the war did not ring true. Maybe she would have some about her brother, but the rest just seemed a contrived story line. Perhaps if she had been in her late teens this overwhelming guilt trip might make sense.

    Also, the fact that Gretel did not realize that David was so obviously Jewish given his surname and her background does not ring true. Again, have to suspend belief and go with the storyline

    I have not read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, so perhaps that would have given greater context to this novel. I found the storyline regarding Heidi and her concern for Henry much more believable and realistic. Although, in some ways I question how likely it was that she and her husband would ended up living in the same building as her daughter that she had given up at birth.

    Overall, an enjoyable story as long as you don’t think logically about certain aspects of the novel.

  5. PRP

    Truly, a spectacular read. I was captivated from sentence number one. Of the hundreds of books that I have read in my 59 years, ‘All the Broken Places: A Novel’, is easily in the top five. I have not been able to stop thinking of the characters. Reading Author, John Boyce’s novel was more than just reading a story. It was like taking a Master Class in the themes of guilt, culpability, grief and looking at my own moral compass. Extraordinary. I want to read it all over again.

  6. Denise D. Davis

    Trigger warning, this book has domestic violence, murder and the Holocaust interwoven throughout the book.
    Oh this book! 91 year old Gretel Fernsby has a secret. Well that is an understatement! Her whole life is nothing but secrets. She has lived in the same “flat” for 60+ years. With each passing chapter you learn a little more of her escape from Germany and her attempt to escape her past but sometimes our past is always in the present. And her past does come crashing down on her and she takes care of things as only she could do…at 91, well technically 92 now. You will not forget Gretel Fernsby. This book was unputdownable, I needed to know what the next chapter would reveal. Toward the end of the book there were 2 chapters a mere 38 words that blew my mind. Did not see it coming! Excellent story,

  7. Linda H

    This is an enjoyable story, fast paced, and well-constructed. I found interesting, Gretel’s journey, the plumbing of her psyche, examining her own involvement and personal guilt concerning her years in Germany as a young adult. Readers will not be disappointed. However, certain elements in the story seemed contrived, and were lacking in credibility. I won’t reveal details, due to spoilers, but I sincerely doubt that some events taking place in her life could have happened exactly as told. That is my main criticism, but otherwise I found this a book worth reading

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