The Light in the Ruins

The Light in the Ruins

A Novel

Large Print - 2013
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Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosati family become prisoners in their home when 18-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Random House Large Print, [2013]
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780804120913
0804120919
Branch Call Number: LP F Boh

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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

My record with Bohjalian thus far:

The Light in the Ruins - 2 stars
Trans-Sister Radio - 0 stars
Skeletons at the Feast - 4 stars
Secrets of Eden - 3 stars
The Night Strangers - 4 stars

So, kind of all over the place. I was more at 3 stars with this one while I was reading it, but ended up at 2 because it will never stay with me; it was all just story, nothing deeper or memorable.

Bohjalian revisits the World War II Europe of 'Skeletons,' but this time we're in Italy. Back and forth between then and 1950's Italy where a series of murders are occurring. I was very involved in the whodunit and wanted to know what was gonna happen next, but it was all pretty empty.

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SandraLH
Aug 11, 2017

First time reading this author and found the story interesting. But, when I reached about two-thirds through, I felt the plot start to lag and I began skipping pages.

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BlueHippo
Jan 02, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. It's a great mystery and wonderful character study as well. Vivid descriptions of this area of Italy in WWII and the different forces clashing there.

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Emilyfaith0
Oct 04, 2015

I found this impossible to put down.

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lilypad_1
Jul 06, 2015

ugh! too much blood and guts and light on 'why should i care'.

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beverlyjean
Mar 19, 2015

I have read most of the author's books and consider him a favorite. But I could not get into this book. I tried three times and simply gave up. The characters were boring to me, the writing did not draw me in, and I could not characterize the plot. Not romance, mystery or history, but an uncertain melange that skipped back and forth. I am certainly glad this was not his first book I read, for it would have been the last!

Diell Nov 23, 2014

actually better than just average but I'm not prepared to say above average. over romanticised?

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Microbes
Feb 22, 2014

This is the second of Bohjalian's books I've read, and have really liked both. His characters are well delineated and the action seems plausible. I liked that it flipped back and forth between 1943 and 1955, so we could see possible motives for the horrific murders being investigated in 1955.

microbes Feb. 22, 2014

dollfacecrafter Jan 22, 2014

I love his books, this one was a little different than some of his earlier work, but engrossing story and exciting. he mostly tackles controversial subjects and makes them so interesting.

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dcafk
Nov 30, 2013

Mr. Bohjalian is a wonderful writer. His characters come to life in all their complexity in these pages. It is a great story about love, family, and survival in wartime as well as an intriguing murder mystery.

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sir_stuffon
Aug 29, 2013

sir_stuffon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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