Fever at Dawn

Fever at Dawn

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July 1945. Miklos is a twenty-five-year-old Hungarian who has survived the camps and has been brought to Sweden to convalesce. His doctor has just given him a death sentence: his lungs are filled with fluid and in six months he will be gone. But Miklos has other plans. He didn't survive the war only to drown from within, and so he wages war on his own fate. He acquires the names of the 117 Hungarian women also recovering in Sweden, and he writes a letter to each of them in his beautiful cursive hand. One of these women, he is sure, will become his wife. In another part of the country, Lili reads his letter and decides to write back. For the next few months, the two engage in a funny, absurd, hopeful epistolary dance. Eventually, they find a way to meet. Based on the true story of Péter Gárdos's parents.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544769793
0544769791
Branch Call Number: Fiction Gar
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Szász, Liz

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GLNovak
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.

AL_KATI Oct 04, 2016

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

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ownedbydoxies
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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