The Art of Waiting

by Christopher Jory

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LoveReading View on The Art of Waiting

June 2016 Debut of the Month.

A captivating and very human tale that transports you to the heart of what really matters. Although set before, during and after the Second World War, this is by no means a novel just about war, it is rather, an insight into an internal battle and conflict. Initially it feels as though you are viewing Aldo from a distance, then his feelings and emotions start to push in and invade your thoughts until they are so close you could almost absorb them. The author handles the savagery and also the resilience and compassion of mankind with a deft and considerate touch. At times the feelings evoked are uncomfortable and difficult to digest, yet all feel necessary, realistic and authentic. With the ability to capture, influence and then hold fast to your heart and mind, this is a hauntingly beautiful and captivating read.

Liz Robinson

The Art of Waiting Synopsis

Russia, 1943. A girl from Leningrad and a soldier from Venice stand together on the edge of wilderness. He is a shadow of a man, trapped behind wire, an enemy in her land. Taking something from her pocket, she slips her hand through the wire and catches her skin on a barb producing a tiny drop of blood.'Have this.' The man takes the gift - a small crust of bread, a little piece of hope. Its memory will nourish him, keep him alive, on his long journey home to Italy.But when he returns, he must decide which path to take - to be true to the love of the girl who saved his life, or to pursue hisunfulfilled vow and seek revenge on the man who had ruined his home and his family.

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The Art of Waiting Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Genevieve McAllister - 'A completely absorbing novel moving from war-time Venice to the freezing wastes of the Russian Steppe, exploring the impotency of the individual against the might of the state.'
  • Sue - 'The Art of Waiting is a wonderful title for this gripping book, set in Venice and the gulags of Russia, about all consuming passions of revenge, hope, love and survival.'
  • Michelle Hemmingway - 'I especially loved the female characters in this book.  Both were strong, intelligent and independent.'
  • Farah Alam - 'This book was ok. It is an interesting story but, I didn't love the book and, the ending wasn't really one I would have liked.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'A powerful book, full of drama, emotion and revenge.'
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'A gritty read at times, with a smattering of magical realism, this is a novel which I will be recommending to my friends.'
  • Brigitte Colwell - 'A truly breathtaking read, transporting the reader from Leningrad to Venice to the Russian Steppes back to Venice, as we become entwined in the lives of Aldo and Katerina, during the dark days or war.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'Enjoyable but not as gripping and heartfelt as it could be.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I am so glad I read it, this is not just a book about war and the devastation that comes from that but is also about family, betrayal, love, honour and survival.'
  • Ann Peet - 'Compulsive, well written novel with an epic feel, intriguing characters and vivid descriptions.'
  • Celia Cohen - 'A moving novel, beautifully written.'

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ISBN: 9781846973628
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846973628
Publication date: 16/04/2015
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846973628
Publication date: 19th May 2016
Author: Christopher Jory
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,

About Christopher Jory

Christopher Jory was born in 1968 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He spent his early childhood in Barbados, Venezuela and finally Oxfordshire. He did a degree in English Literature and Philosophy at Leicester University and then worked as an English teacher for the British Council and other organisations in Italy, Spain, Crete, Brazil and Venezuela. He is currently a Publisher at Cambridge University Press. His first book, Lost in the Flames (Troubadour, 2011), was a moving account of RAF Bomber Command airmen and their families.

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