Zaremba or Love and the Rule of Law
By: Michelle Granas
# of pages: 514
Quote: "'In spite of their frequent delusions in that direction, security guards are not policemen. I have to go in; I can't get the certificate otherwise. It'll be all right, don't worry.'
'How can you not worry all the time?' she asked in genuine puzzlement.
'The trick is to think that whatever happens it's going to be interesting - then you don't mind so much if it's not exactly what you wanted in the first place.'"
Official description: In Warsaw, a shy and high-minded polio victim lives a life of seclusion caring for her odd family until a chance encounter plunges her into the intrigues of dirty politics. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is about to be arrested on trumped-up charges and only she can save him. Swept along by events, Cordelia finds her feelings increasingly involved with a stranger for whom she is both rescuer and victim. When Zaremba is implicated in terrorist activities and disappears, Cordelia is painfully uncertain if she has been abandoned and must overcome surveillance, corruption, the media, and mounting humiliations and difficulties to learn the truth.My opinion: Thank you Michelle Granas for sending me a copy of this book, because it was great! I loved the descriptions of all the characters, especially Cordelia and Zaremba. The dialogue between them is what made the book. I was afraid when it seemed the story was coming to an end....but I was only halfway through the book! I just knew that it would drag on and I would end up hating it by the end. However, it turns out that there's two parts to the books and each is its own story. It could technically be two separate books, but it does work better as one book with two parts.
This is a story about love between a man and woman, but also love of family, country, and justice. Although set in Poland, where the CIA had a black site, it is a story that could happen anywhere, in a world where young democracies struggle against the temptations of covert operations and older democracies sometimes lead them astray.
I also found the subject content to be interesting. Especially after recently reading an "alternate" version of the Boston bombings where the military sends in drones to eliminate the remaining bomber, but kills several citizens in the process. We would be shocked if that happened in America, but that stuff happens all the time in other countries when the U.S. eliminates "threats." I'm no expert, but it wouldn't surprise me if the kind of behavior of the CIA that is present in this book truly happens in other countries.
The love story is what resonated with me, but there's action and politics (don't worry, it isn't overwhelming!) and morals as well so this story will be interesting to a wide range of readers. Cordelia's character is amazing and I was glad to have a main character with good values. I highly recommend this book!
Why I gave this book 5/5 stars: Great character development, interesting/original subject matter, well written.
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