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The Diamond Eye: A Novel de Kate Quinn
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The Diamond Eye: A Novel (edició 2022)

de Kate Quinn (Autor)

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history's deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story. In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son--but Hitler's invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper--a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour. Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC--until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila's past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life. Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.… (més)
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Títol:The Diamond Eye: A Novel
Autors:Kate Quinn (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2022), 448 pages
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A fictionalized biography of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Russian sharpshooter who killed more than 300 Nazis during World War II, then traveled to America on a goodwill tour and befriended none other than First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Quinn's other works; I found that it dragged a bit in the second half, when she is touring around America and making speeches. I think this might be one of the drawbacks of writing about a real person -- you're constrained by their actual movements and actions, to some extent. However, it's a well-written book about an historical figure I had never heard of. Readers of historical fiction, especially those looking for stories about WWII women, will do well to take notice of this one. ( )
  foggidawn | Oct 8, 2022 |
Kate Quinn does such a great job of portraying real-life people in her historical fiction books. In this case, she introduces us to Lyndmila (Mile) Pavlichenko, a Soviet war heroine who was referred to as "Lady Death", and who was notorious in her home country of Russia, but also in Germany. She was a very skilled sniper who wracked up 309 verified kills with her sniper rifle on the Eastern fronting 1941 and 1942. Mila has a story when she signs up as a sniper when Germany invaded Russia. She is the mother of a five-year old boy. She lives with her parents as she and her short-lived husband split up before Slavka was born. She is attending University to become an historian, and is sitting in a cafe in Kiev on a lovely summer day when she and her friends hear that Russia is going to war. Mila has received training and won awards as a markswoman, so she immediately signs up and is sent to the front. During the book we find out all about wartime snipers and the life they lead during wartime. Not for them is open air, daylight fighting. They spend hours and sometimes many nights setting up their vantage points, and then they wait, again for hours, for the right shot that will make a difference to the German advance. Making her way through a morass of army rules, officer mandates, and yes, a lot of derision from her fellow male soldiers and snipers, Myla makes a name for herself with her record number of kills. On the way she meets a man and falls in love. Being wartime, she loses her love to mortar fire, so has to continue on without him. Mila works her way up the ranks, and then is sent to America as part of a goodwill tour. While there she meets and becomes friends with Eleanor Roosevelt and meets her husband Franklin, whom Mila likes and respects. All the while that she is in America, she doesn't realize that she herself has become a target for a sniper who hopes to get to FDR through Mila. The tension builds up during the tour until the final showdown in a park in Washington DC. Mila's skills as a sniper and in camouflage aid her in the deadliest gun fight that she has seen up to that time. This is a book that will grab you and hold you throughout. A true story of heroism, love, faith and determination. If I have any complaint about the book it is the repetitiveness of the detail of the preparation and hardships that Mila faces in the war, but that attention to detail saves her life countless times, and certainly does set the stage for the final denouement in Washington DC. As with all Kate Quinn's historical fiction books, the story rings true right until the very end. Recommended. ( )
  Romonko | Sep 27, 2022 |
Last year I found it odd timing when Prince Philip died while I was in the middle of reading Quinn’s The Rose Code, in which he appears as a friend of one of the characters. This year, Russia is invading Ukraine and I opened Quinn’s latest novel to discover its protagonist is a Soviet university student in Ukraine, a single mother studying to be an historian, who enlists when Germany invades in 1941.

The Diamond Eye is about Lyudmila Pavlichenko’s time on the frontlines as a sniper, where she earns a reputation as “Lady Death”, and then her subsequent trip to the United States as part of a group of students sent to represent the Soviet Union, where she meets Eleanor Roosevelt.

I really wasn’t sure I wanted to read about a sniper -- there are lots of reasons I’m particularly interested in women’s experiences during WWI and WWII but one reason is undoubtedly that their work usually wasn’t about actually killing. But to my surprise, even though Mila describes being a sniper as “having a dark side to her moon”, I thought it was really obvious that the qualities and values which led her to this job are the same ones which make her likeable and relatable: she takes a marksmanship course so she’s prepared to teach her son the skills a father might, and she discovers satisfaction in having something in her life where success is so clearcut; she enlists because she wants to protect her son, and it makes sense to use her skills as a sniper. Ultimately she’s just doing what practically every protagonist in a book about WWII does -- making her contribution towards ending the war.

While I haven’t changed my opinions about shooting as an activity and codebreakers at Bletchley Park remain much more my cup of tea, Mila’s story was still what I’ve come to expect from Quinn. -- engaging, fascinating, beautifully-written, at times tense or heartbreaking but not totally tragic. The cover said “based on a true story” but when I reached the author’s note I was surprised to discover that developments I’d assumed were speculation and artistic licence, because they seemed so Quinn-ish, were actually true. Lyudmila wrote a real memoir and Quinn says it: bears the stamp of Soviet propaganda, but her technical recall of a sniper’s skills, weapons, and routine is exactly where her voice is the most precise and vividly individual. There are inaccuracies in her timeline, but a woman piecing her memories together through the fog of war and the PTSD of multiple battlefield concussions is bound to get a few details wrong. [...] There are also incidents in Lyudmila’s memoir which I have chosen to leave out, like a meeting with Stalin that probably didn’t happen. It has been something of a delicate dance to treat Lyudmila Pavlichenko’s memoir as the concrete original source of its heroine’s memories, yet also a document with which the propaganda office took some liberties. Her memoir contains tantalizing gaps and silences which I’ve filled in with artistic license.

I liked how The Diamond Eye explores the idea of official and unofficial memoirs.

My memoir, the official version: Snipers must be calm in order to succeed.
My memoir, the unofficial version: Snipers must make themselves calm in order to succeed, and that is why women are good at sharpshooting. Because there is not a woman alive who has not learned how to eat rage in order to appear calm.
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  Herenya | Sep 24, 2022 |
This was a fantastic read and I couldn’t put it down. The story follows Mila Pavlichenko, aka Lady Death, as she starts her path as a student, wife, and mother. But as Hilter’s invasion into Russia occurs, her life soon takes a very different direction. She is sent to fight with a rifle in her hand and is soon the lethal hunter of Nazis, earning herself the nickname Lady Death. The story bounces between her time at the front and her visit to Washington DC to meet the Roosevelts. She unexpectedly befriends Eleanor while there’s a deadly foe and an old enemy joining forces to hunt her down. Kate Quinn is a masterful storyteller and I was gripping with book with each page turned. I was sad to put it down but this will be a book I will continue to reread for years to come! ( )
  dabutkus | Sep 4, 2022 |
Another excellent Kate Quinn book! This one is based on the life of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a sniper in the Russian army who makes over 300 confirmed kills of Nazi soldiers invading her country. Kept me up all night listening to this excellent audiobook! Highly recommended! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Aug 21, 2022 |
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in the summer of 1942,

as the world was locked in war against Hitler,

a woman crossed the sea from the Soviet Union to the United States.

She was a single mother, a graduate student, a library researcher.

She was a soldier, a war herso,

a sniper with 309 kills to her name.

She was Russia's envoy, America's sweetheart,

and Eleanor Roosevelt's dear friend.

Her story is incredible. Her story is true.

Meet Lady Death.
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history's deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story. In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son--but Hitler's invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper--a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour. Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC--until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila's past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life. Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.

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