The old German king spends his days chopping logs and musing on what might have been. But as the tides of war roll around them, all three find themselves increasingly compromised and gravely at risk. This subtle, tender novel borrows heavily from real history and events, but remains a work of superlative, literary fiction.
Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Contemporary Fiction. I found him to be just as I imagined and felt that the story would've had more substance if it was portrayed through his eyes. Nevertheless, it was an extremely quick read and one that could be knocked off in one sitting. Oct 11, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: historic-fictions. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm distracted me from my usual routine and I failed to do my homework before diving into the narrative.
The pacing was sluggish and the characters stilted. The telling was anticlimactic and I remember being impressed with myself for not throwing the damned book at the wall. Why is any of this important? Probably not. View 2 comments. Jan 12, Cold War Conversations Podcast rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , world-warwestern-front. Slow in places, but not a bad read. Whilst the book has an Slow in places, but not a bad read. However, the portrayal of the Kaiser and his scheming wife was good and overall I quite enjoyed the book.
Jul 17, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , read , british-literature , hf-world-war-ii , film-only , netherlands.
A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.
Dec 30, Hanna rated it it was ok Shelves: audiobook , , in-english , historical-fiction. For once, I can say, movie was better than book. Enjoyable, especially as I visited Huis Doorn a couple of years ago.
Jan 26, Hristina rated it liked it Shelves: e-books , romance , reviewed , not-what-i-thought , historical-fiction , adult-lit. This felt kind of anticlimactic.
I liked the characters of Martin and Akki, and their interactions were interesting, but none of them ended on a high note. The rest felt kind of rushed and unpolished, the ending did too. It was a solid read, but not overly gripping, or exciting. Spoiler-free I wish I could have given this book a better review the synopsis had sounded captivating , but I'm thoroughly disappointed.
I feel like Judd could have done a far better job with executing the plot - it's like he was lazy or disinterested when he started to write. It lacks heart and emotion. Both Martin Krebbs and Akki felt very flat to me.
There was no substance to either of them. They lacked emotion, personality. It was like watching mindless puppets totter around a stage with t Spoiler-free I wish I could have given this book a better review the synopsis had sounded captivating , but I'm thoroughly disappointed. It was like watching mindless puppets totter around a stage with their mouths hanging open. Martin's attraction to Akki had no beginning. There was no build-up, no thought, no emotion.
For a Nazi, his discovering of Akki's origins also struck me as extremely unrealistic. He never really reacted - never gave too much thought.
Even for a Nazi officer against the mistreatment of Jews, one with even a shred of commonsense would have been reeling after discovering their lover was a Jew. If not for their own safety, then for the safety of their lover. As for the story, it was far too fast-paced. Everything happened so quickly, and before I knew it, the book was over with an equally weak ending. The historical content felt forced as well.
It was like Judd was just throwing facts in to make it more informational. Which it didn't. Nothing about the book felt like WWII. Honestly, the atmosphere was so bland that if it not for the mentioning of Nazis, one would hardly recognize the book took place in war-torn Europe in All in all, Judd could have done a far better job. The story could have been so beautifully done had he given it more attention.
I'm looking forward to seeing the movie in hopes that Jai Courtney and Lily James do a far better at bringing Krebbs and Akki to life than Judd did. An incident in the book during which Wilhelm's wife Princess Hermine gives Himmler an envelope of money is based on a similar incident involving Goering.
The novel also makes reference to an assassination attempt against Hanns Albin Rauter , the head of the SS in the Netherlands, the Le Paradis massacre , and deals with Krebbs' discomfort on hearing Himmler discussing his preferred method for exterminating Jewish children. The Daily Telegraph called the book 'a wonderfully satisfying, sophisticated novel about the clash between dogma and reality,' while the Evening Standard said that it was a 'haunting tribute to a near-forgotten figure and an unusual and intelligent treatment of the Third Reich.
The novel was adapted into the movie The Exception in These cookies allow us to monitor OverDrive's performance and reliability. They alert us when OverDrive services are not working as expected.
Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address. These cookies help us understand user behavior within our services. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular. This information helps us design a better experience for all users. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item A fictionalised account of the Kaiser Wilhelm's last years in Nazi-occupied Holland.
Reviews Editorial reviews. Publisher Synopsis 'This is a story that shows us how the nastiest regimes are composed of real people. User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Be the first. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Exiles -- Fiction. World War, -- Netherlands -- Fiction. Netherlands -- Fiction. William -- II, -- German Emperor, -- Trade Wind M M Kaye.