Without a Country

Without a Country

From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies. As Hitler?s reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann?like other German Jews?must flee with their children i From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that exp...

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Title:Without a Country
Author:Ayşe Kulin
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Without a Country
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:332 pages pages

Without a Country Reviews

  • Rosemary
    Oct 08, 2018
    Intriguing book spanning several generations of female narrators. The movement was somewhat slow, but I enjoyed immersing in a culture mostly unknown to me, that of Turkey and in particular German Jewish immigrants to Turkey. I think this book was one that was free from Kindle during W...
  • Jeanette
    Jun 15, 2018
    Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, especially stories where Jews and the Nazis are concerned. This book was a little different to many stories that i have read, mainly due to the family making Turkey their home after fleeing Germany. This was a very enjoyable book and th...
  • Heather
    Jul 05, 2018
    Sometimes I wonder if my history classes had spent more time on novels like this - fictionalized accounts of actual events - it all would have stuck better. I mean, obviously we'd need to learn the actual facts, too, but somehow I've discovered in the historical fiction I've read that ...
  • Debbie Shoulders
    Jun 21, 2018
    This was a great idea for a story. In 1933 as Hitler was getting rid of intellectuals and Jews several professors found jobs in Turkey, a nation trying to wrestle its way out of the past. Kulin highlights one such family surrounding them with real individuals. The problem is that she a...
  • Liesbeth
    Jun 18, 2018
    I openly admit defeat on this book, and I?ve given up half way through. It?s not a part of history I know much about and I was looking forward to learning more. However the characters are poorly developed to a point whereby as a reader you just don?t care about them. The story ju...
  • Jodi
    Jun 26, 2018
    Giving this 4.5 stars. The story coveres several generations of a family who fled Germany as Hilter was taking power to go to Turkey. ...
  • Mandy
    Aug 10, 2018
    The problem with this novel is that it?s just too ambitious. To encapsulate the entire history of modern Turkey ? from 1933 to the present ? through the story of four generations of one family covers too much ground and involves too many characters, leading to a lack of depth in ...
  • Hillary
    Jul 06, 2018
    This book is easy to read--credit the translation. (I can't judge the original Turkish, of course.) Although the book blurb describes it as a WWII book, that's only a part of the story. I chose this as a Kindle Prime selection because the story of German Jewish intellectuals who ...
  • Lilisa
    Jun 11, 2018
    Thanks to Kenneth Dakan for translating Ayse Kulin?s book from the original Turkish publication and giving readers the opportunity to experience Turkey over four generations with a Jewish family - the Schlimanns. In the 1930s, Dr. Gerhard and Elsa Schlimann and their young family fle...
  • Mey
    Jun 16, 2018
    Four generation of one family?s struggles in life after the first generation had to leave their home country Germany because they were Jewish. I had read before in history books that during the Second World War Jewish Professors lecturing in Germany university?s had lost their jo...
  • Trevor
    May 30, 2019
    Unfortunately what could have been a really good book, was in fact just average. How much of this is due to the translation I'm not sure, but the story didn't live up to the great family saga that I had been lead to expect. Spanning approximately 100 years, from pre WWII Germany to ...
  • John Keeth
    Jun 15, 2018
    I Couldn't Put This Book Down I don't usually give a book 5 stars but this one deserves it. I'm not going to go into the plot. You can get that from the other reviews. This is a beautifully written historical novel that is well researched. There is not a dull page in it and I couldn...
  • Gina
    Jun 17, 2018
    Interesting for the history Covering several generations from 1930?s to present day, this narrative explores the impact of politics and dogma and intolerance on a family of intellectuals. The point of view is sometimes detached and superficial, other times becomes overly detailed ...
  • June
    Jun 21, 2018
    A Book with Anticipation A book about tradegy, predjudice, injustice and heartbreak, but also one of love, forgiveness, endurance, and loyalty. A can't put down book. A lot of life's lessons learned. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 06, 2018
    I?m assuming that something was lost in translation with this book. The story had to potential to be a great one, but it seemed like the author was trying to tell too much in not enough pages. The second half of the book felt rushed, and much of it felt like a recitation of facts rat...
  • Thebooktrail
    Jun 04, 2018
    BookTrail postcard review: I always read Ayse Kulin's books and this was a poignantly painful yet interesting read. I knew practically nothing of the role of Turkey in the 2WW and in the persecution of Jews so this was a real eye opener in many ways. Written in a very accessible an...
  • Nicole Patterson
    Jun 06, 2018
    2.5 stars for this book. I really enjoy books set in the 1930s. This one was a little different then I was expecting it to be. There was a lot of history about Turkey which was a little slow reading for me. But I liked all the generations that I got to read about. Was wishing for a lit...
  • Gail Smith
    May 27, 2018
    This family saga begins as a German pathologist learns that he must leave Berlin immediately: Hitler is beginning to round up Jews. He and his family eventually relocate to Turkey, where he is instrumental in bringing other displaced Jewish doctors and scientists to staff the new Istan...
  • Rachel Abarca-Contreras
    Jun 08, 2018
    Shocking I?ll be honest: I was intrigued, then bored, then interested, then bored, then bored again, then suddenly intrigued, heartbroken, sympathetic and empathetic. The journey through 4 generations of Jews from WWII to religious terrorist groups was poignant to say the least. T...
  • Pam Prim
    Aug 12, 2018
    Interesting story I enjoyed this book. It's about a German Jewish family that fled to Turkey to escape Hitler. The family adopts Turkey as their home. Over the course of several generations, the family changes from Jewish to Muslim and assimilated into Turkish culture. ...
  • Barbara
    Jun 08, 2018
    This was my choice for the Amazon Prime 'free' book for June and I chose it because I'd previously read 'Rose of Sarajevo' by the same author and recognised the name. Unfortunately I found the book rather disappointing. It's a four generation 'saga' that tracks the evolution of a famil...
  • Becky
    Jun 28, 2018
    Historical fiction based on German Jewish scholars going to Turkey during the Nazi government. Follows one family over several generations and how the attitude toward the Jews changed (negatively) over the history of modern Turkey. Made me think again at how racism/sectarianism feels s...
  • Kathryn Gauci
    Oct 13, 2018
    This novel resonates with what is taking place in many parts of the world today. Based on the true story of highly educated German Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, many were welcomed under Ataturk's education policy of trying to recruit the best minds to the new universaties, hospitals, and ...
  • Katie B
    Jun 01, 2018
    By the early 1930s, Gerhard Schliemann knows that his family is no longer safe living in Germany because they are Jewish. He eventually finds employment in Turkey and soon his wife and two children join him and attempt to adapt to life in their new country. This is a historical fiction...
  • Joy D
    Feb 10, 2019
    Multi-generational family saga that takes place mostly in Turkey over a period of over eighty years. It starts with a family of Jewish Germans fleeing Hitler prior to the start of WWII. The story begins in 1933 with Dr. Gerhard Schliemann, his wife Elsa, and their two children, Peter a...
  • Mike Collins
    Oct 29, 2018
    Pointless This book is well-written and readable, but completely pointless. It starts with a story of one generation, then, seemingly, in few pages, advances to the fourth generation. The connections are loose. There?s no plot and barely a story, just words. I cannot believe I fin...
  • Donna
    Jun 20, 2018
    Lost good storyline beginning characters were described in fuller detail than those persons who followed. It felt as though the author gradually lost interest. ...
  • Jonathan Donihue
    Jul 10, 2018
    An Interesting Trip Throu Time This book wasn't exactly what I expected but it was an enjoyable read. The author presented an historical overview of a little less than a century in Turkey from the point of view of a particular family. As I commented to a friend of mine; it kind of r...
  • Bari Dzomba
    Jun 30, 2018
    Loved the story. Excellent translation. Important history. ...
  • Carol
    Jun 14, 2018
    Very well written This book was very well written. It kept me wanting to continue to read it. Historical fiction seems to be my favorite genre, because I learn at the same time as I?m entertained. This book covered at least 4 generations of one family?s struggle with finding a ...