Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Fever at Dawn - Peter Gardos
At the end of the war, frail and sick Miklos is sent as a refugee to Sweden to recuperate after being in Belsen. He decides that he wants to find a wife, so finds a list of other Hungarian women who have been sent to Sweden and writes them all a letter, with only the names changed. He hears back from a young girl Lily, who he then corresponds with, and it is their letters that form the central theme of this book.
Based on the true story of how his parents met, it is at times sweet and gentle and I could see how someone will snap the story up and make a moving movie of it with a couple of young pale actors. I did feel sad though reading it, as most Holocaust stories do, the sheer horror of what those poor people must have endured almost overwhelms you. Still this is the story of what happens next, how you go on, when most of your friends and family have gone and how you survive. 4/5