The World That We Knew

The World That We Knew

In 1941, during humanity?s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman. In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a ren In 1941, during humanity?s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courag...

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Title:The World That We Knew
Author:Alice Hoffman
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The World That We Knew
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The World That We Knew Reviews

  • Cheri
    Jul 12, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    Mar 26, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

  • Marialyce
    Oct 22, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

  • Krista
    Sep 24, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 26, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

  • Brenda
    Sep 26, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

  • Glenda
    Jul 24, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

    I don?t often pick up a book with magical realism in it, most of the time I just don?t get it, and because of that I don?t enjoy these books as much I would like to. However, Alice Hoffman?s books are a must read for me, and this book was no exception, magical realism or not. O...

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel. Release date: September 24, 2019 ?The World that We Knew? tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII. To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but h...

    I loved this thought-provoking, beautifully written work about survival and the Holocaust. The story is captivating with engaging characters that will find their way into your heart. Hoffman, a well-known prolific writer with 30+ books to her credit, effectively utilizes Jewish mystici...

    The fact that this was a mix of historical fiction set in WWII which I taught it was about. But, then the mystical part arrived now that took me for loop, I never know the meaning of what the mystical part means in the story. I enjoyed the story but not the mystical part! I preferred...

    Five stars for sure. This was a beautiful book. Even throughout reading about the brutality of the era, unconditional love, loyalty, and bonds between those in need were evident. World War II was a horrific time. Horrible things happened. This book will be hard to read for some. Th...

  • Esil
    Sep 21, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

  • Libby
    Oct 16, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

  • Lisa Wolf
    Sep 29, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

    I don?t often pick up a book with magical realism in it, most of the time I just don?t get it, and because of that I don?t enjoy these books as much I would like to. However, Alice Hoffman?s books are a must read for me, and this book was no exception, magical realism or not. O...

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel. Release date: September 24, 2019 ?The World that We Knew? tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII. To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but h...

    I loved this thought-provoking, beautifully written work about survival and the Holocaust. The story is captivating with engaging characters that will find their way into your heart. Hoffman, a well-known prolific writer with 30+ books to her credit, effectively utilizes Jewish mystici...

    The fact that this was a mix of historical fiction set in WWII which I taught it was about. But, then the mystical part arrived now that took me for loop, I never know the meaning of what the mystical part means in the story. I enjoyed the story but not the mystical part! I preferred...

    Five stars for sure. This was a beautiful book. Even throughout reading about the brutality of the era, unconditional love, loyalty, and bonds between those in need were evident. World War II was a horrific time. Horrible things happened. This book will be hard to read for some. Th...

    In The World That We Knew, author Alice Hoffman brings her unique infusion of magic and nature to a store of survival during the worst of times. Starting in Berlin in 1941, the story introduces us to Hanni and her young daughter Lea. Hanni knows it's only a matter of time until they're...

  • Liz
    Sep 05, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 09, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    Sep 09, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

  • Angela M
    Sep 08, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

  • Debra
    Sep 29, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

  • DeAnn
    Oct 15, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

    I don?t often pick up a book with magical realism in it, most of the time I just don?t get it, and because of that I don?t enjoy these books as much I would like to. However, Alice Hoffman?s books are a must read for me, and this book was no exception, magical realism or not. O...

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel. Release date: September 24, 2019 ?The World that We Knew? tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII. To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but h...

    I loved this thought-provoking, beautifully written work about survival and the Holocaust. The story is captivating with engaging characters that will find their way into your heart. Hoffman, a well-known prolific writer with 30+ books to her credit, effectively utilizes Jewish mystici...

    The fact that this was a mix of historical fiction set in WWII which I taught it was about. But, then the mystical part arrived now that took me for loop, I never know the meaning of what the mystical part means in the story. I enjoyed the story but not the mystical part! I preferred...

    Five stars for sure. This was a beautiful book. Even throughout reading about the brutality of the era, unconditional love, loyalty, and bonds between those in need were evident. World War II was a horrific time. Horrible things happened. This book will be hard to read for some. Th...

    In The World That We Knew, author Alice Hoffman brings her unique infusion of magic and nature to a store of survival during the worst of times. Starting in Berlin in 1941, the story introduces us to Hanni and her young daughter Lea. Hanni knows it's only a matter of time until they're...

    5 amazing magical realism stars Alice Hoffman is an amazing storyteller. This WWII story is filled with magical realism and mysticism and I loved it, it worked for me. I?m sure not everyone will agree, but part of reading for me is escapism, I don?t want it all to be deadly real...

  • Karen
    Oct 03, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

  • Erin Clemence
    Aug 19, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

    I don?t often pick up a book with magical realism in it, most of the time I just don?t get it, and because of that I don?t enjoy these books as much I would like to. However, Alice Hoffman?s books are a must read for me, and this book was no exception, magical realism or not. O...

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel. Release date: September 24, 2019 ?The World that We Knew? tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII. To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but h...

  • ☕️Hélène⚜️
    Oct 02, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

    I don?t often pick up a book with magical realism in it, most of the time I just don?t get it, and because of that I don?t enjoy these books as much I would like to. However, Alice Hoffman?s books are a must read for me, and this book was no exception, magical realism or not. O...

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel. Release date: September 24, 2019 ?The World that We Knew? tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII. To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but h...

    I loved this thought-provoking, beautifully written work about survival and the Holocaust. The story is captivating with engaging characters that will find their way into your heart. Hoffman, a well-known prolific writer with 30+ books to her credit, effectively utilizes Jewish mystici...

    The fact that this was a mix of historical fiction set in WWII which I taught it was about. But, then the mystical part arrived now that took me for loop, I never know the meaning of what the mystical part means in the story. I enjoyed the story but not the mystical part! I preferred...

  • Carolyn
    Sep 24, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

  • Jen
    Oct 26, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    Oct 06, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

  • Holly
    Oct 19, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

    I don?t often pick up a book with magical realism in it, most of the time I just don?t get it, and because of that I don?t enjoy these books as much I would like to. However, Alice Hoffman?s books are a must read for me, and this book was no exception, magical realism or not. O...

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel. Release date: September 24, 2019 ?The World that We Knew? tells the story and struggles of three young women during WWII. To save her daughter, Hanni knows she must send Lea away, but h...

    I loved this thought-provoking, beautifully written work about survival and the Holocaust. The story is captivating with engaging characters that will find their way into your heart. Hoffman, a well-known prolific writer with 30+ books to her credit, effectively utilizes Jewish mystici...

  • Paromjit
    Oct 06, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

  • Beata
    Oct 25, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

  • Tammy
    Mar 28, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Oct 06, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

  • Aga Durka
    Sep 22, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...

    Hanni Kohn couldn?t leave Berlin as her elderly mother was unable to travel, but Hanni was determined to get her twelve-year-old daughter Lea to safety. It was 1941 and the Nazis were swooping, removing all Jews, sending them on the trains to the death camps. But the rabbi Hanni saw ...

    3.5 stars I have such mixed feelings about The World That We Knew. Magic realism works for me sometimes. In fact, on occasion it has blown me away. But I found the magic in this book confusing and jarring, and I?m not sure why. Especially since in many ways this is a very powerful...

    When looking for a book that seamlessly combines mysticism, Jewish folklore, magic, and reality, one should look no further than an Alice Hoffman book. In this, her newest book, Ms Hoffman combines a tale of magic with a story of the Holocaust and creates a narrative that is spellbindi...

    Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It?s not a ?La-...

    I don?t often pick up a book with magical realism in it, most of the time I just don?t get it, and because of that I don?t enjoy these books as much I would like to. However, Alice Hoffman?s books are a must read for me, and this book was no exception, magical realism or not. O...

  • Ceecee
    Aug 26, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

  • Paige
    Jul 06, 2019

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I?ve read. I don?t know much of anything about Jewish Mysticism or folklore, but it?s woven into the story in such a stunning way. It does take some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise of the story, a mother begg...

    Magical realism crashes into folklore, mysticism with heart wrenching Holocaust casualties? poignant story with well-rounded, fantastically developed, relatable characters could be the best formula and definition of WRITING A MASTERPIECE AND CREATING AN AMAZING PORTRAIT BY USING WORD...

    LONG....( ha.....again?/! ......I couldn?t help myself), but NO SPOILERS... This book has crawled under my skin. It?s a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom....set in WWII. Usually I write a review immediately upon finishing it. I?m glad I waited. It took me longer t...

    Question I asked myself. All Holocaust books are heartbreaking, Would this book become just another sad story without the magical realism? I think that element made this book memorable, one that stands out, unforgettable. Ava represents a mother's love, someone who is not human, but mo...

    "...for what good is it to rescue yourself if you leave behind the person you love the most?" I don't think that I can do justice to this beautifully written tale of love, family, faith, resistance, longing, grief, pain, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to be alive. Hoffman's wr...

    Having waited patiently for a copy from Overdrive for many weeks, I was a little apprehensive once it finally arrived. Why? Much as I enjoy magical realism, I am not familiar with the Jewish folklore, and I could recognize only the idea of a golem. My first rather careful moments with ...

    Alice Hoffman weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of WW2 and the Holocaust, coloured with the fantastical, Jewish folklore, the darkest of grim fairytales, set in Germany and Nazi occupied France, with its Nazi collaborators, the Milice, det...

    Ruth knew what evil could befall a girl traveling alone. Especially now, when there were demons dressed in army uniforms on every corner. Ruth knew of them as mazikin, terrible creatures whose work was the misery of humankind. They had accomplished their work in Berlin?newspapers pr...

    I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I?ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea?s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a...

    I am not a fan of magical realism and, stylistically speaking, I don?t care for narrative written as a fairy tale. Hoffman employs both. That said I had to consider if this novel works in terms of the author?s intention and I think it does. The mother?s love is palpable, the symb...

    Hoffman spins a brilliant heart stopping story of WW2. The world we knew is a world that exists no longer during this time of atrocity; of fear; of sacrifice. But the similarities of these stories, as heart hurting as they are, stop there. She magically transcends this story into one ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! A little more than six years ago I read The Golem and the Jinni, (#1) and shortly after that, I read The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, which I might have struggled with the concept of a man created out of earth and clay more had I not read The Golem and the Jinni...

    This is a beautiful novel with threads of magical realism superimposed on the horror that was WWII and the Jewish holocaust. Hoffman's writing is lyrical and magical as she weaves her powerful tale of a Jewish mother who gave up everything to give her daughter a chance to survive the w...

    Hoffman begins her story in 1941, Berlin. Azrael, the angel of Death is hanging out in the trees. There are many souls for him to carry to the ?World to Come.? Hanni Kohn?s physician husband, Simon has been murdered on the same day he performed two life-saving surgeries. When her...

    During the time of the Holocaust... Leah is a twelve year old Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1941. Her father, a doctor, has recently been murdered and she lives with her mother and her grandmother who is old and bedridden. Wanting her daughter?s survival more then anything els...

    This book is simply perfection. I was utterly transfixed by the story, by these characters. My heart feels so full after reading this. I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words. I know for many people that magical realism can sometimes take them out of the experience ...

    EXCERPT: Her father was a great rabbi, but she was the one who had a true talent. For the thousandth time she wished she were a boy. She had no interest in marriage or babies, only in the world of scholars, from which she was prohibited. She could taste the bitter dirt as they finished...

    This is not my usual genre but in the capable hands of someone of the calibre of Alice Hoffman you know it?s going to be an interesting read. This is a very moving story of love and survival. As the cruel yoke of Nazism tightens via the Nuremberg Laws and thereafter the Final Solutio...

    I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. T...