Fires in the Dark

Fires in the Dark

by Louise Doughty
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Fires in the Dark 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is impossible to put down. The historical facts regarding gypsies in Europe during World War II puts the reader with the subjects. It is very much a page-turner. Am looking foward to more from this excellent author regarding further stories of the Romany tribes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This intense, sometimes brutal novel of the internment of Gypsies in concentration camps during Hitler's ethnic cleansing crusade is riveting.The beginning of the book (admittedly my favorite part) portrays the Roma gypsy's customs, kinship, travel and home life in a very enlightening manner. In a reversal of how gypsies are commonly portrayed, we learn that they are indeed a prideful, skilled and religious people who, in fact, feel that the gadje (anyone not a Roma) are unclean, slovenly and disgusting. From the time of their imprisonment, we follow Josef's family; Anna his wife, Emil his oldest son and two younger children as they fight, then lose the battle to survive. All that is except for Emil who escapes to Prague. My only complaint was that I felt the continuous portrayal of the brutalities of camp was too long.Masterful writing and pitch perfect historical detail will draw many readers. Hopefully they will hang in there through the middle third of the book because the ending is great.