Monday, March 2, 2015

A Life of the Twentieth Century by Irene Even Giveaway

Book Synopsis:

A Life of the Twentieth Century is the story of Aya, who lived through the loss of her parents before the age of 3. At the age of twelve she was sent to a boarding school in Budapest, that closed after one year, because the Nazi army marched into the city.

Aya was left totally alone to face the Nazi occupation, and to experience all the horrors of the war. She faced many life threatening situations, such as prison, bombardment or even the possibility of being executed on the spot, without really comprehending the gravity of it all.

The end of the war was supposed to mean liberation, the return of hope and freedom for most people, however it didn't happen for Aya, who was part of a youth group on her way to Palestine. The destination of this youth group was to reach Italy and the Jewish Brigade. They crossed the Alps on foot from Austria to reach Italy.

As they reached their destination Aya met a soldier from the Jewish Brigade, who was supposed to be her Hero, her Saviour, but turned out to be the devil incarnate. From day one, this soldier of the Jewish brigade took control of Aya's life when she was only 15 years old.

After divorce, destitute and once again alone, she had no direction and almost no hope, when from deep inside her a small voice said; go back to school. It took all her courage to apply to university, where she was accepted and after 5 year was granted a B.A. and a Diploma of Teaching. She spent the rest of her life teaching, and as she contemplated her life she said to herself that if she had had all the choices in the world, she would have chosen teaching.

Author's Bio:

Irene Even was born in Hungary. As a child she lived through the Second World War, using false papers to survive. After the war, she immigrated to Palestine, lived in a Kibbutz, then later married and immigrated to Canada with her family. She returned to Israel to teach English and remained there for twenty-two years. Having written her memoir, A Life of the Twentieth Century, she now lives in retirement in Montreal.

Where to buy the book:

​Prize: ​One of 10 ebook copies of  A Life of the Twentieth Century or a $10 Amazon gift card / Open internationally. Ends March 21.

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  1. It seems like a book that helps us to understand that even through hardship if we listen to our inner voice everything will always work out for the best.

  2. I love reading books about how things were in the past, that is why I want to win this book.

  3. I want to win this book because I am fascinated with war novels.

  4. I want to win this bookT cuz it sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!

  5. I would like to win this because it sounds like such an interesting read

  6. I love to read books that include any war based themes.

  7. I want to win this book because it looks like a great read, thanks for the chance

  8. this war impacted my family so id love to read it