Fever at Dawn

Fever at Dawn

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Based on the original ninety-six letters written by Miklós and Lili, two Holocaust survivors, and the author’s parents,Fever at Dawn is a tale of passion, striving, and betrayal; true and false friendships; doubt and faith; and the redeeming power of love.

Twenty-five-year-old Holocaust survivor Miklós is being shipped from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to Gotland, Sweden, to receive treatment at the Larbro Hospital. Here he is sentenced to death again: he is diagnosed with tuberculosis and his doctors inform him that he has six months to live. But Miklós decides to wage war on his own fate: he writes 117 letters to 117 Hungarian girls, all of whom are being treated in the Swedish camps, with the aim of eventually choosing a wife from among them.

Two hundred kilometres away, in another Swedish rehabilitation camp, nineteen-year-old Lili receives Miklós’s letter. Since she is bedridden for three weeks due to a serious kidney problem, out of boredom — and curiosity — she decides to write back.

The slightly formal exchange of letters becomes increasingly intimate. When the two finally manage to meet, they fall in love and are determined to marry, despite the odds that are against them.

Based on the original letters written by Miklós and Lili (ninety-six altogether),Fever at Dawn is a tale of passion, striving, and betrayal; true and false friendships; doubt and faith; and the redeeming power of love.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2016
ISBN: 9781487001063
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Oct 07, 2016

After his father's death, the author's mother gives him two packets of letters tied with ribbons. These letters reveal how his parents met, fell in love and went on to marry. They are the basis for this interesting but sketchy fictionalized account of that six month courtship. They were both survivors of German concentration camps sent to convalesce in Sweden. His father decides he needs a wife and begins an ingenious and laborious search for a suitable Hungarian woman. The story is told in prose interspersed with snippets from both their letters, a technique that can sometimes be jerky and disjointed. The blend here is a bit choppy. I found the whole narrative could have been expanded and more depth given to the characters and to the circumstances. He could have done a better job of building the growing relationship and love between them. That being said, this is a quick read, and one does get the sense that the two did overcome terrible circumstances to find each other and take a chance on a life together. Fifty-two years together is not a bad feat.

ArapahoeKati Oct 04, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a book, based on the author's parents' love story.

Jul 30, 2016

Ten stars out of five!! This is a beautiful, lyric portrayal of the author's parents who survived the death camps of WW2.

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