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Ordinary Heroes: A Novel de Scott Turow
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Ordinary Heroes: A Novel (2005 original; edició 2005)

de Scott Turow (Autor)

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Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how he rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war.… (més)
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Títol:Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
Autors:Scott Turow (Autor)
Informació:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2005), 384 pages
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This was a WWII story about a military lawyer turned infantry officer told sixty years later through papers discovered by his son. It's not surprising to discover that a parent may have secrets not shared with the children, but the father's story presented the parents in a totally new way. It makes one think about what we never learned about our own parents, or what our children may have never asked about our own lives. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Best known for his crime novels, this is a departure for Scott Turow as this one takes as its subject the American army fighting in Europe in 1944 and 1945, although there is a strong legal slant in that two of the main protagonists face court martial in the course of the action. The story is set around Steward Dubin’s discovery of papers on the death of his father in 2003, that he had faced court martial in 1945, an event that comes as surprising and puzzling news to Stewart. While investigating the circumstances surrounding this, Stewart discovers that his father, David, had written an account of his army service in France, which leads him to see his parents in a completely new light. David’s story makes for a compelling and moving portrait of the horrors of warfare at the time and the randomness and sometimes banality of death, all caught in Turow’s vivid and gripping prose.
  camharlow2 | Aug 27, 2019 |
between 2 and 2.5. i guess this book made it on my list because i used to like reading about world war ii and the holocaust, but i think i'm done with that era for a while. i wasn't as interested in this as it seemed i should have been - it's a story within a story, and the ostensible main character didn't have a fleshed out backstory that made me care about why he cared about the actual main character and that story. the writing was alright, nothing too well done but nothing badly done either. it's a bit overlong and i wanted more in general from it, but it was an alright read. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jun 29, 2017 |
His Best — war scenes + feelings are riveting — so engrossing — Steward Dubinsky — father's past + death excellent —

Stewart Dubinsky knew his father. David, had served in World War II, but had told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of David's court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about the enigmatic distant man he never knew. Using military archives, old letters, and David's own notes, he discovers that David, a JAG lawyer, had pursued a maverick U.S. officer in Europe, fallen in love with a beautiful resistance fighter, and fought in the war's deadliest conflicts. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtrfoom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his father's secret past and of the brutal nature of war itself.

Note: was actually rated as 3.5 stars, so I tagged it as both 3 stars and 4 stars - Emilia
  christinejoseph | Dec 23, 2016 |
During WWII a young and naive Jewish military lawyer, David Dubin, is tasked with investigating Robert Martin for non-compliance of orders. On meeting Martin, Dubin is impressed by Martin's charm, wit and courage, and agrees to help him and his team carry out a mission against the Nazis. The team includes Gita Lodz, a bright and energetic woman Martin rescused on a previous mission. On returning to his superiors Dubin believes receipts Gita provided will prove that Martin did not comply with orders because he had higher-ranking orders, and that will end this task.

Due to complex military law and strong personalities, Dubin is asked again to find Martin but this time the search is more difficult, and Dubin is side-tracked into commanding units in companies fighting Nazis camped close by. With little real battle experience, cold weather, and insufficient supplies Dubin loses a number of men to snipers but does his best to bolster and support his unit until re-inforcements and supplies arrive.

Ordinary Heroes describes Dubin's ongoing efforts and challenges to find Martin, and decisions he makes in executing his duties. His experiences and feelings in battle, the men he meets, those he loses all mold him into a more mature man with changed perspectives.

A strong read about heroes, fathers and sons, courage, loss and love. ( )
  Bookish59 | Oct 24, 2016 |
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More brilliantly than his previous works, Turow shows what happens when "ordinary" people are placed in extraordinary circumstances. And what is more abnormal than war? The message is timeless. After six months of serving, Dubin comes to despise war. "There was nothing to be loyal to in all of this and surely no cause for pride." Then he witnesses the Nazi death camp at Balingen and he cries for the first time. He saw "how this terrible war had to happen, with all its gore and witless destruction."
 
Über seine Vergangenheit und vor allem seine Erlebnisse während des zweiten Weltkriegs hat David Dubin nie viel erzählt. Umso größer das Erstaunen und der Schock, als sein Sohn Stewart nach dem Tod seines Vaters Feldpostbriefe aus den letzten beiden Kriegsjahren 44 und 45 findet. Briefe die belegen, dass David von einem Militärgericht zu einer Haftstrafe verurteilt wurde. Der ehemalige Reporter Stewart begibt sich auf die Spuren, die sein Vater hinterlassen hat, auf der Suche nach der Story seines Lebens. Seltsamerweise sind die Akten von David immer noch unter Verschluss und nur durch Zufall entdeckt Stewart ein Manuskript, von seinem Vater selbst verfasst, das die Geschichte dieses Kriegseinsatzes eindrücklich schildert. Als Anwalt für die Militärgerichtsbarkeit wird David Dubin als Leutnant 1944 nach Frankreich geschickt. Er schreibt liebenswürdige Briefe an seine Verlobte Grace in den USA und kümmert sich meistens nur um lapidare Fälle. Sein innigster Wunsch zu kämpfen erfüllt sich durch einen Auftrag sehr schnell und kehrt sich auch baldigst ins Gegenteil um. Der Schrecken des Krieges entsetzt David und er hinterfragt schnell den Sinn seines Befehls: Er soll einen Major dingfest machen, der laut Meinung seines Vorgesetzten ein russischer Spion ist. Major Robert Martin ist jedoch nicht leicht zu fassen und da sich in dessen Dunstkreis die schöne Widerstandskämpferin Gita aufhält, in die sich David verliebt, ist es für den Major ein leichtes, sich immer wieder seiner Verhaftung zu entziehen. David führt sein Auftrag von Frankreich nach Deutschland und er erlebt nicht nur Kriegsgreuel sondern auch die Befreiung eines KZ. Und in diesem entdeckt er Martin und Gita wieder...
 

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Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how he rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war.

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