Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Warburg in Rome

Complicit. James Carroll writes well in both fiction and non-fiction. While I’ve gotten bogged down with many of his non-fiction works and left them unfinished, I totally enjoyed his latest novel, Warburg in Rome. Set in Rome toward the end of World War II, Carroll assembles a cast of interesting characters who are trying to deal with the problems of that time, especially the plight of Jewish refugees. Carroll presents the complicity of the Vatican in their dealings with Nazis, while profiling the courage of some church officials to aid the Jews who were trying to flee persecution. By taking his knowledge of the history of this time period and creating fictional characters to embody the story, Carroll avoids the didactic nature of nonfiction and tells us about this time in a way that’s engaging and interesting to any reader. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Warburg in Rome from amazon.com.

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