Weaving together political intrigue, romance and medicaldrama, The Far Side of the Sky brings to life an extraordinary chapter of Second World War history, when the cultures of Europe and Asia converged and heroic sacrifices were part of the everyday quest for survival. This book follows a family who, after Kristallnacht, gathered what they could and ran as fast as they could away from the horrors. The chemistry between them is intense and immediate, but Sunnyâ's life is shattered when a drunken Japanese sailor murders her father. The chemistry between them is intense and immediate, but Sunnys life is shattered when a drunken Japanese sailor murders her father. Learning that the Nazi's are allowing some Jews with visas to go to China, he manages to book passage for himself, his daughter, his widowed sister-in-law, Esther, and a gay artist friend. After a harrowing escape from Europe, the Adlers land in Shanghai to find it besieged by the rampaging Japanese army.
Intrigue, medical drama and a little romance keep the story moving along at a fast pace and the courage displayed by these characters is remarkable. This book is a quick easy read, not particularly well-written, but it is interesting. Franz Adler is able to flee Vienna, Austria, after Kristallnacht with his young daughter, Hannah, and his sister-in-law, Esther. It covered an aspect of this historical time period I hadn't heard of before. The far side of the sky wartime shanghai provides a magnificent canvas for daniel kalla to depict a world of people religions and continents colliding these are wonderful characters and sunny mah is a heroine for the ages adam lewis schroeder author of empress of asia.
I recieved this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Meanwhile, the Japanese Imperial Army rampages through China and tightens its stranglehold on Shanghai, a city that becomes the last haven for thousands of desperate European Jews. . It really is a story that needed to be told. It set the stage of war-torn Shanghai and the various parties that play a part in its story very well. The Japanese occupy the city and are supporting the Nazi regime, so the Jews are constantly worried about their safety. The Adler family manage to start a new life in Shanghai, but then on December 7, 1941 comes the attack on Pearl Harbor, bringing the Americans into the war and solidifying the bonds between Germany and Japan.
I was hooked from the first page, and the plot moved like a train. He is also a popular physician. The chemistry between them is intense and immediate, but Sunny's life is shattered when a drunken Japanese sailor murders her father. Richards Between 1937 and 1945, Japan and China were at war. It brings the huge picture you get otherwise down to a personable level.
The inclusion of several other plot lines and minor characters kept me captivated. Now, Kalla is faced with the daunting task of providing background on how Shanghai became the strange anomaly of international quarters, the Opium War, the Japanese invasion of China and the massacre of Nanking, just so he can tell a part of his tale from the point of view of a courageous young half-Chinese woman who will, inevitably, fall in love with Franz Adler. The fact that 23,000 Jews took refuge in Shanghai during this period has not been deeply covered by contemporary chroniclers. The characters, well, they disappointed me. This sweeping account of a world in tumult is a moving, ultimately hopeful story about the value of family and courage in the darkest of times. The Far Side of the Sky makes use of both devices and does so realistically enough to sweep the reader along for the ride.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, tensions soar. I practically devoured this book. The story begins in Vienna in the immediate aftermath of Kristallnacht in November 1938. Anyway, The Far Side of the Sky was as ridiculously long as its synopsis, but it never felt like it. He received the nominations for this award in the category of the best mystery book of the year of Pacific Northwest. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, tensions soar. People may argue it wasn't realistic enough, but I appreciated a tiny glimmer of light from this very dark time.
Only a gurney will keep you from finishing this novel's many scenes of triage--both in the operating room and in matters of the heart. Maybe I do know the history too well, but these characters are so stereotypical that I could see everything coming way ahead. Based on fact, the book has rich characters and a suspenseful plot. Kalla's characters mend both body and soul. As the danger ramps up, Franz and his family frantically try to find a way out of Vienna.
And because of this, even though the characters do go thru many changes, I don't feel like any of those outside events truly changed any of the characters. Facing starvation and disease, Franz struggles to keep the refugee hospital open and protect his family from a terrible fate. Franz Adler, a widowed Jewish surgeon, experiences firsthand the wave of violence sweeping Vienna when his beloved younger brother is lynched. Kalla has set the plots of the books in and around the testing times of the Second World War. Shanghai at the time was militarily divided between the Japanese and the Western powers and had virtually no passport control. Kalla is a surgeon as well, and it showed here — the vividness was really impressive as was the fact that I actually understood what was going on.
This is the first book I've read of Daniel Kalla's but definitely not the last. These are the types of moral quandaries facing Dr. Kalla's characters mend both body and soul. However, they breed resilience by involving in activities of music, sports, and theater. Every scene was a perfect mix of necessary action and rich, but not overwhelming, description and detail. Additionally, I feel that a bit too often Kalla tells instead of shows.
The problems emerge when he comes to the vast canvas of history he has chosen as the backdrop to his love story. Widespread attacks on Jewish synagogues and property throughout the Reich have made the situation for German and Austrian Jews --- already tenuous --- even more desperate. What a missed opportunity for Daniel Kalla! There's also the charismatic and defiant artist, Ernst, who endangers his life for his art. They humanized the Japanese in fantastic ways. After the Battle of Shanghai, Japan occupied the whole city save for the French Concession and the International Settlement, and, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, what had been the Second Sino-Japanese War merged into a front of the Second World War. Franz Adler in the latest novel by Vancouver emergency-room doctor Daniel Kalla. The other main character in this one is a nurse with great potential Soon Yi Mah Sunny.