EBOOK The Ventrilouists


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  • The Ventrilouists
  • E.R. Ramzipoor
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  • 07 March 2020
  • 9781488035142

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Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary Ground newspapersAubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attract the attention of August Wolff a high ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies Wolff captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an impossible choice use the newspaper to paint the Allies as monsters or be killed Faced with no decision at all Aubrion has a brilliant idea they will pretend to do the Nazis’ bidding but instead they will publish a fake edition of Le So A stunning true story of ordinary people in Nazi occupied Belgium fighting back with printed words As a Communications major in college many years ago I found The Ventrilouists to be very intriguing both the truth and fiction ER Ramzipoor does a wonderful job of breaking down what is true and what is not in her author s note for those whom feel that is important to identify Additionally the literary style of The Ventrilouists is gorgeous and leads to uotes like The typewriters has gone to sleep for the evening taking their needful melodies to bed with them Aubrion hated the silence Silence reminded him of everything that was frightening in the world night and death and audiences that didn t applaudHistorical ReferenceI m very disappointed with myself and my education that I did not know the story of Le Soir or Faux Soir Thus I m very thankful to Ramzipoor that she has brought this intriguing but also important story to light Many people today may not realize the resources it took pre Internet to get a propaganda message out Between paper ink press time press labour and distribution it was no small feat to print and distribute a daily newspaper Ramzipoor does a wonderful job of covering off every one of these key pieces prior to Le Soir hitting the streets for public consumption And while she takes 544 pages to tell the story I m not sure I would want a single sentence cut as it all feels so critical to the ending and final piece that was printed and distributed in BelgiumThere are additional little tidbits of information in The Ventrilouists that could be novels all their own My personal favourite true side story I learned is this one Germans later began shipping little fabric Stars of David to every town in Belgium when the men and women of the post learned of Stars purpose they took the Stars home and burned themLanguageI love reading books set in France Not only for the fact that France always feels like a truly romantic place I ve not been there yet but also because they speak my favourite language French As a born and raised Western Canadian it s a little unusual that I am fluent in both English and French 99% of French speaking Canadians francophone are in uebec east and on the East Coast Let me clarify that English is my first language French is the language I love but am only at best proficient in For me there is something about books where they combine the French phrases that many know without translation and English that just makes my heart soar The mix in The Ventrilouists felt perfect to me It might be a little bit too much French that goes untranslated for some but in that case I d encourage readers to Google It for a translation and appreciate the flow and style of the French language but I m biased CharactersWhether it s the characters that Ramzipoor researched and were real or people she had to assume existed each of our POVs and characters feel like real people You might think that it s easier to narrate from the POV of a person that actually existed than a fictional one I have found that is not always the case for many writers I could not have told you the difference between the characters based on historical record and those that Ramzipoor inserted or assumed into the story They all feel eually fleshed out I know many reviewers have criticized the plethora of characters in this story but the reality is that it would take a lot of people to pull off this feat I would remiss not to point out my three favourite characters a boy of about 13 who is the primary POV a lesbian whom seduces another high powered lady and the star of the story our middle aged male and lead conspirator real person Aubrion However even the side characters are so impeccably done that I can t leave them all out a gay man who forges letters like no other and is trapped into working for the Germans to stay alive the German turncoat or the man that donates his printing press at great risk to produce the final product are all beautifully done Many of the lovely uotes in the story come from difference characters including this gem I love An ellipsis is a poor substitute for a period and don t let anyone tell you otherwiseEndingI ve been known to hate a lot of endings I often wonder if I ve liked the ending to even 30% of the books I ve read in my life I dunno what it is but endings make or break stories for me The Ventrilouist does not let down From the true events that happen at the climax of the story to the fictional outcomes for many of our characters Ramzipoor does a wonderful job of wrapping up the pieces of the story for our many intriguing people in ways that feel balanced given it s war time and they are all conspirators and also surprisingly satisfying A few may of course bring you to tears but there really is no avoiding that when the Nazi s are involved So it was beautiful and you burned it All of Nazi history written in a single sentenceOverallIf you have any interest in a small rebellious group printing of newspapers propaganda creation and distribution WWII in Belgium resilient people or just WWII in general this is a wonderful book to add to your repertoire It will reuire some time to read because of it s dense language and length but I believe the pay off is well worth the effort For me The Ventrilouists easily deserves to be alongside The Tattooist of Auschwitz and other recently told WWII literary feats that bring to light some of the billions of stories of those who survived a time most of us can t even begin to relate to Each one of these amazing stories of resilience and hope help me to remember that it can always get worse and that if others survived in the past than I should certainly be able to survive today s world Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review

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Read & Download The Ventrilouists Free read Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook õ E.R. Ramzipoor E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary Ir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin giving power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh in the face of their oppressorsThe ventrilouists have agreed to die for a joke and they have only eighteen days to tell itTold with dazzling scope taut prose and devastating emotion The Ventrilouists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by history unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern histo About three uarters of the way through this novel set in World War II Belgium one of the protagonists spends a fair amount of time moaning that I probably won t see the Americans join the war That would be fine if the book didn t take place in 1943 I reread that section three times to be sure I hadn t misunderstood Even before then though the book was irritating me primarily because of the clunky framing device and use of first person narrative for most of the story GaminHelene the narrator in uestion consistently tells us what other characters were thinking even during their final moments Why not opt for third person Having this character continually tell us things she couldn t possibly know kept taking me out of the story So did the philosophizing that kept slowing down the action It s as if the author didn t trust that the story was compelling enough And that s a shame because the little known true life Faux Soir escapade that this book details is fantastical in and of itself and does not reuire such distractions It s also a shame because the author can definitely turn an evocative phrase Thank you NetGalley and Park Row for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Read & Download The Ventrilouists Free read Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook õ E.R. Ramzipoor E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary In this triumphant debut inspired by true events a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the ReichBrussels 1943 Twelve year old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper Le Soir now turned into Nazi propaganda Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist Marc Aubrion who draws her into a secret network publishing dissident under Still waters are deep is a saying that I grew up with and it is the perfect analogy for this novel in my mind In many ways a reader knows what to expect when picking up a historical fiction novel set during WWII but this story is uniue and differs from most Its elouent prose delivers a uiet punch that s provocative and thoughtful The setting in The Ventrilouists is in Belgium in 1943 and tells the story of a brave resistance group set to hold out and conspire against the Germans via a satire paper to be printed and distributed secretly as the Faux Le Soir of the actual Le Soir a Belgian paper at the time Of course as with any other media taken over by the Germans Le Soir is used as a propaganda machine and the Front de l Independance FI plans to create a little propaganda of their own But I could not let them know how dangerous how different this operation was We weren t stealing bread or tankers of gin this time We were stealing things the Nazi s cared about Gruppenfuehrer August Wolff stationed in Belgium is of the eccentric kind with a high ego He has his eyes on the FI and tries to infiltrate the efforts of the paper by capturing and placing journalist Marc Aubrion into the production to manipulate and publish propaganda depicting Allies as monsters Once the German machine put an order in motion it became an act of God Only a devil or a miracle could stop it and the Germans had seen to it that they were the only devils in Europe the only miracle workers Marc Aubrion is trapped and tied between two worlds He has to keep up a facade and do as he is told by Wolff and at the same time risks his life by secretly plotting the paper s content against the Germans When a shiny black boot comes to town it always steps on words and women first With a cast full of characters from different walks of life prostitutes journalists and Lebenskuenstler Ramzipoor has created a uniue story to be told touching beyond the broadness of the things we know about the ratifications of the German ideals The Ventrilouist is a story full of persona beauty and flaws It tells about the love between same sex characters the endurance strength and will to be while intrigue and backstabbery happens among the ranks This dynamic keeps the novel interesting albeit at some points I had a hard time keeping track of who is using whom to sabotage The exchange of plot points and chapters changes swiftly and is told in a down count of days till the publication of the Faux Soir A culminating end of the book is not to be missed as this novel is based on true events A debut novel of a different kind that is a promising start to captivating books to follow by Ramzipoor I would hope so anyway because I really liked the voice scope and vision of this author uotes are taken from an uncorrected proof of the novel and are subject to change I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Many thanks to the publisher All opinions are my own More of my reviews here


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    E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary EBOOK The Ventrilouists Well the first thing I'm going to say about this book is that it is long Too long About 200 pages too long Yes I understand setting t

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    Read & Download The Ventrilouists EBOOK The Ventrilouists E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary The year was 1943 Gruppenfuhrer August Wolff headed the Ministry of Perception Management administered by the G

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    EBOOK The Ventrilouists Still waters are deep is a saying that I grew up with and it is the perfect analogy for this novel in my mind In many ways a reader knows what to expect when picking up a historical fiction novel set during WWII but this story is uniue and di

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    EBOOK The Ventrilouists Rating 2 starsAs much as I love reading historical fiction about little known episodes in history especially WWII history this book didn’t hit the mark for me There were too many characters and I was unclear who the narrator was most of the time The story was interesting but told in a very convoluted way I felt like the author would gotten the point across better if the plot had been simplifiedThis is the story of a group of

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    EBOOK The Ventrilouists E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary In 1943 Brussels the Nazis have taken over Helene is 12 years old She's an orphan who survives by disguising herself as boy

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    E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary Free read Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook õ E.R. Ramzipoor EBOOK The Ventrilouists About three uarters of the way through this novel set in World War II Belgium one of the protagonists spends a fair amount of time moaning that

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    Read & Download The Ventrilouists E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary EBOOK The Ventrilouists This book is the perfect combination of gravitas humor and pure compelling plot The true story is amazing and yet the author doesn't just ride the plot like so many historical fiction books do Each sentence is beautiful Each character is perfectly lovable perfectly hatable or sometimes both This tale of every day resistance and remembering how to laugh again in the face of oppression is both timeless and sadly so very

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    EBOOK The Ventrilouists I received this from netgalleycom in exchange for a review Really clunky blocky writing and the characters didn't grab my attentionAbandoned at 25% No Rating

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    EBOOK The Ventrilouists E.R. Ramzipoor õ 0 Summary I received a free publisher's advance review copyThere are so many little known stories about World War II that now nearly 80 years after the war began there are still tales to be told Ramzipoor writes in her author’s note that sh

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