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Lovely War (2019)

av Julie Berry

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New York City, 1942. World War II is at its zenith. A stunningly attractive couple meets in a Manhattan hotel room for a forbidden tryst. But these are no ordinary lovers. When immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter's jealous husband, the goddess of passion must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus. To plead her case, she spins a tale that took place in Europe some twenty-five years earlier- the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I. They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story--filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion--reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.… (mer)
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The framing story is fantasy, the two WWI love stories are only fantasy because they're being told by 4 of the Greek gods to a fifth in a NY hotel room in 1942, and yes it was a bit disorienting, though not quite fatal. Still it does result in a patchwork told by a modern US author via Olympians about 2 Brits, 1 Belgian and 1 African American. ( )
  quondame | Nov 13, 2020 |
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A touching novel that combines love, loss, war, and all the things in between. Marketed toward the young adult audience, it doesn’t water down the war, racism, or their implications, but it still captures that coming-of-age feeling through the ways in which these characters grow up with and through the war. I found the courtroom scenes with the gods in 1942 a bit jarring, but I still liked the nuances of their narrations.

Read my full review here. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
SLJ: Greek gods relate the tale of how four young people's fates collide in a love story for the ages. Caught by Hephaestus in an compromising position with Ares, the god of War, Aphrodite is put on trial by her husband in a Manhattan hotel. World War II is waging, but the goddess of Love hearkens back to the first World War to present the romantic epic tale of Brits Hazel (a shy pianist) and James (a reluctant soldier). Hazel follows James to the Western Front, where she meets Colette (a grieving Belgian) and Aubrey (an African American musician from Harlem). Readers will be swept away by Berry's lyrical prose, evenly paced alternating chapters, and unforgettable characters who will jump off the page and resonate with teens. Her acute attention to historical detail is supported by thorough back matter touching upon the racism and sexism of American armed forces at the time. While the conceit of meddling Greek gods sometimes borders on contrivance, the format is ultimately successful. This rumination on the costs of war, the healing power of love and music, and the inevitability of death will stay with readers and tug at their hearts. ( )
  karilibrary | Sep 9, 2020 |
Oh, oh............. okay.

I wanted to love this but I didn't expect it to impact me so much. This was beautiful and powerful on so many levels. Julie Berry I owe you my life.

Trigger warnings: mention of rape, attempted sexual assault, violent anti-black racism, racist slurs, very heavy themes & scenes of war / combat and the resulting trauma. ( )
  angelgay | Jul 1, 2020 |
Caught with her love Ares by her husband Hephaestus in 1942 Manhattan, Aphrodite begins to tell two intertwined stories of love during World War I. Hazel, a British pianist, meets James a week before he is to be called from London up to the Front; Aubrey, a soldier in an African-American regiment, happens upon arriving overseas to encounter Colette, a Belgian young woman volunteering to aid the troops in France. I don't really know of a better way to set up the plot of this book (I know it sounds like a lot), but I promise, it's worth it, and it works far better and less awkwardly than I described it.

This was phenomenal. The WWI love stories were compelling, and I really cared about the central characters. What absolutely makes this shine, I think, is the narration by the gods. I seriously wasn't sure what I'd think of that aspect of the story, but it worked really well, with Aphrodite narrating with assistance from others. In terms of narrative style, this book reminded me a lot of The Book Thief--I'd say that, if you liked that book, you're probably likely to enjoy this one. ( )
  forsanolim | Jun 12, 2020 |
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New York City, 1942. World War II is at its zenith. A stunningly attractive couple meets in a Manhattan hotel room for a forbidden tryst. But these are no ordinary lovers. When immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter's jealous husband, the goddess of passion must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus. To plead her case, she spins a tale that took place in Europe some twenty-five years earlier- the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I. They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story--filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion--reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.

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