Review: A Fifty Year Silence


    `A Fifty Year Silence` is a personal biography written by author Miranda Richmond Mouillot about her grandparents wartime experiences. I expect this book will bring tears as well as some happy thoughts. Miranda's grandparents both made it alive through WWII. Her grandfather, Armend, became an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials. The author's position in this biography is to solve the mystery or her grandparents estrangement. Miranda states this is a true story, but it is a work of memory, not a work of history. She relied on historical sources, conversations and letters, as well as her own reflections about them (see: Author's Note in book). There is a map which shows Armand's and Anna's, the grandmother, journey, both while they were together and apart. Miranda attributed this book to her grandmother who died before the book was published.
      While reading the preface my heart began to break for this family. The grandmother passed away and the grandfather lost his mind. The few black/white pictures in the book help in telling the story. Plus there is a Reader's Guide that would make a perfect book club choice. However, I would not classify this book as Christian since the author speaks of herself, and her grandmother, as having the ability to read fortunes with cards.
      I would not recommend this book to professing Christians since it talks of, what I call superstition. The grandmother tied a red ribbon around the left wrist of the granddaughter, Miranda, to ward off the evil eye.
      However, in spite of the superstition, I believe this book is a wonderful tribute to the grandparents.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.
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