The Darkest Corner of the World

The Darkest Corner of the World Who can you turn to when the only choice is between two evils In fifteen year old Madli hopes that the Soviet occupation of Estonia is only temporary but when the neighbours along with thousan

  • Title: The Darkest Corner of the World
  • Author: Urve Tamberg
  • ISBN: 9781770862142
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Who can you turn to when the only choice is between two evils In 1941, fifteen year old Madli hopes that the Soviet occupation of Estonia is only temporary, but when the neighbours, along with thousands of others, are deported, she knows that their lives are in danger She longs for the safety of her grandparents farm Days later, the Nazis invade her country Friends anWho can you turn to when the only choice is between two evils In 1941, fifteen year old Madli hopes that the Soviet occupation of Estonia is only temporary, but when the neighbours, along with thousands of others, are deported, she knows that their lives are in danger She longs for the safety of her grandparents farm Days later, the Nazis invade her country Friends and family find themselves divided as they try to choose which dictator they d rather live under Hitler or Stalin Madli is horrified by either choice, but how long can she remain neutral Every day brings new dangers and unimaginable decisions In order to survive, Madli knows she can t fight the enemy, so she is determined to outwit them.

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    1. Very tought to read at times. Loved the descriptions of Estonia!! Amazing resiliance during really horrible times!!

    2. The Darkest Corner of the World tells the story of Madli, a 15 year-old girl, who is caught between two evils in 1941 Estonia under the iron rule of the Soviet Union.This is a poignant story that everyone, teenagers especially, needs to read. Not just because it’s vital we remember historical atrocities, but to also put to rest every teenage quest for materialistic pleasure and/or lack thereof followed by the complaint that life sucks.For the most part, relatively speaking, life really doesn†[...]

    3. Really interesting to learn what was going on in Estonia during WWII; I know lots about the Netherlands and other parts of Europe, but I didn't know much about the horrible plight of those countries caught between the Soviets & the Nazis. The author does a fine job of portraying the dilemma of which side to help, and the strong patriot/underground movement there too. I really liked the protagonist's agonizing over whether she (or anyone in wartime) should stick to principles (her father's pr [...]

    4. If Urve Tamberg was trying to be the Estonian Ruta Sepetys with this book, it didn't work. This book about Estonia during WW2 was messy and very confusing plot-wise. I couldn't figure out the timing of the events. There were passages that were entirely diary entries, in the form of letters to her father, which she would later admit left out some details I would have actually liked to have read about. I had no idea when or where things were happening. It was like seeing snapshots of someone's lif [...]

    5. Teen years are riddled with angst. Pimples sprout, perspiration takes on the rank odour of mouldy cheese, and, no matter how many notes change hands at the back of the classroom, the puzzle on which a young girl's entire future rests can not be solved.Does he like me?In 1941 Estonia, 15-year-old Madli faces these universal teen challenges, and also the same teen firsts. First crush. First kiss.First war.Twenty years before the British invasion, forty years before the punk regime brandished sex p [...]

    6. The Darkest Corner of the World by Urve Tamberg is a story of a 15-year-old girl in war-ravaged Estonia and the choices which she is forced to make. Estonia was at the time (1941) a Soviet satellite, having lost its freedom to its giant neighbour, the USSR. Tamberg relates little known details from the time as they affect Madli and her family.The story is deftly told with lots of tension created through the Soviet occupation and the human cost every day to the unfortunate Estonians. I particular [...]

    7. I thought that this was a good book because it had an exciting plot, and high tension. It was also interesting to see the different points of view of different people, as the Estonians wanted the Nazis to come, so they could get rid of the Soviets, when lots of people hated the Nazis.

    8. I thought the story was very well developed. I really liked the character development and the portrait of the irony of choosing between two evils.

    9. Excellent! Recommend for both young readers and adults. The story gives readers an interesting perspective on the history of how many in Europe suffering under Russian oppression at first believed that they would be liberated by the Germans. The author builds a strong connection between the young teenage protagonist and the reader that endures. Wish there was a follow-up novel to continue the story.

    10. Tamberg has done a phenomenal job with this book about a 15-year old girl in Soviet-occupied Estonia in the early 1940s. The research has been marvelously done, and yet it doesn't come across as a fictionalized text book, as some historical fiction does. Overall, my gosh, I highly recommend this book.I did get hung up on some of Tamberg's characterizations of the main character, Madli. Occasionally, the vocabulary and insights didn't mesh with the 15 year old Madli, and instead of chalking it up [...]

    11. "Unless Hitler granted them back their freedom, he'd be another dictator with a different moustache."I usually despise reading any books concerning historical fiction because I find it extremely boring. This was not the case at all for this novel.The story takes place in Tallinn, Estonia in 1941 when the country is under the rule of the Soviet Union. Madli, a fifteen year old who holds strong morals against the USSD, travels during her summer vacation to Hiiumaa, a small island off the mainland [...]

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