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The Vanishing Sky ✯ [PDF] ❤ The Vanishing Sky By L. Annette Binder ✼ – Thomashillier.co.uk For readers of Warlight and The Invisible Bridge, an intimate, harrowing story about a family of German citizens during World War IIIn , as the war in Germany nears its violent end, the Huber family i For readers of Warlight and The Invisible Bridge, an intimate, harrowing story about a family of German citizens during World War IIIn , as the war in Germany nears its violent end, the Huber family is not yet free of its dangers or its insidious demands Etta, a mother from a small, rural town, has two sons serving their home country her elder, Max, on the Eastern front, and her younger, Georg, at a school for Hitler Youth When Max returns from the front, Etta quickly realizes that something is not right he The Vanishing ePUB ½ is thin, almost ghostly, and behaving very strangely Etta strives to protect him from the Nazi rule, even as her husband, Josef, becomes nationalistic and impervious to Max s condition Meanwhile, miles away, her younger son Georg has taken his fate into his own hands, deserting his young class of battle bound soldiers to set off on a long and perilous journey home The Vanishing Sky is a World War II novel as seen through a German lens, a story of the irreparable damage of war on the home front, and one family s participation involuntary, unseen, or direct in a dangerous regime Drawing inspiration from her own father s time in the Hitler Youth, L Annette Binder has crafted a spellbinding novel about the daring choices we make for country and for family.


10 thoughts on “The Vanishing Sky

  1. Tammy Tammy says:

    Based on the author s family, this is the story of an average German family trying to survive the last savage days of WWII There are no heroics here Instead, a father with what appears to be the onset of dementia becomes nationalistic and distant from his family A mother tries to save her shell shocked son who also appears to be suffering from a form of schizophrenia or, at least, a break from reality The youngest son with an intellectual bent is a member of the Hitler Youth Needless to say Based on the author s family, this is the story of an average German family trying to survive the last savage days of WWII There are no heroics here Instead, a father with what appears to be the onset of dementia becomes nationalistic and distant from his family A mother tries to save her shell shocked son who also appears to be suffering from a form of schizophrenia or, at least, a break from reality The youngest son with an intellectual bent is a member of the Hitler Youth Needless to say, a solider he is not In short, this is an ordinary family trying to live through brutally extraordinary times


  2. Yogaa Lakshmi Yogaa Lakshmi says:

    I downloaded this novel because the of the catchy title and the beautiful but a bit depressing cover The novel is about the story of survival of a German family, the Huber family, towards the end of World War II Etta, a mother of two sons is the main protagonist of the novel Her husband Josef is desperate to fight the war and tries to mix up with the young soldiers when he rejoins the army Her elder son, Max, returns from the war at Stalingrad with severe PTSD Her younger son ,Georg ,is in I downloaded this novel because the of the catchy title and the beautiful but a bit depressing cover The novel is about the story of survival of a German family, the Huber family, towards the end of World War II Etta, a mother of two sons is the main protagonist of the novel Her husband Josef is desperate to fight the war and tries to mix up with the young soldiers when he rejoins the army Her elder son, Max, returns from the war at Stalingrad with severe PTSD Her younger son ,Georg ,is in the Hitler s Youth Positives 1.The story is descriptive.2.This means that it is successful in delivering the pain to the readers.3 The story is cinematic which reminds me a lot of Jojo Rabbit.Negatives 1.The story is depressing Only strong people could read this stuff as terrible things happen in almost every page.2 The story is flat and confusing I had to go back several pages to understand what was happening at a particular scene.3.I am not able to classify it as historical fiction.Recommendation I recommend it to strong hearted history enthusiasts


  3. Maine Colonial Maine Colonial says:

    The Huber family lives in a German village, as the end of World War II approaches When the story begins, parents Etta and Josef are alone in their home Their older son, Max, is away fighting in the east Their younger son, 15 year old Georg, is at a Hitler Youth camp, drilling, working, and preparing to be called up into active service.Josef, a former schoolteacher, is in denial about his memory loss, and retreats He s always at the beer hall, in his woodshop, or sitting in his chair, glued t The Huber family lives in a German village, as the end of World War II approaches When the story begins, parents Etta and Josef are alone in their home Their older son, Max, is away fighting in the east Their younger son, 15 year old Georg, is at a Hitler Youth camp, drilling, working, and preparing to be called up into active service.Josef, a former schoolteacher, is in denial about his memory loss, and retreats He s always at the beer hall, in his woodshop, or sitting in his chair, glued to the radio and adamant that Germany will crush the Allies encroaching from all sides Etta cooks with the meager food available, cleans, and worries about her boys.Max is sent home because of a nervous breakdown as a result of his experiences in the east Georg hates the Hitler Youth, except for the boy he falls in love with As conditions deteriorate, he is able to escape and strike out on a long walk home Despite the subject matter, there s a dreamlike quality to Binder s writing There is much description of the natural settings, and also of the characters secret thoughts, which have to remain secret because they are not publicly acceptable in the Third Reich.This is a view of war, family and community through the experiences of one ordinary family It s an impressive debut novel


  4. Sydney Long Sydney Long says:

    A German family at the height of WWII A mother trying to hold it together, her husband desperate to fight for the cause but his efforts are not wanted, a son back from the front but not the same man as he was when he left and another son, wanting to get away from it all but pulled back in, time and time again.I struggled through this one It was so wordy and it jumped around so much I found myself having to backtrack and reread things just so I could figure out what was going on and move forwar A German family at the height of WWII A mother trying to hold it together, her husband desperate to fight for the cause but his efforts are not wanted, a son back from the front but not the same man as he was when he left and another son, wanting to get away from it all but pulled back in, time and time again.I struggled through this one It was so wordy and it jumped around so much I found myself having to backtrack and reread things just so I could figure out what was going on and move forward.I will say that it is an interesting point of view, a German family tangled up in the war There were a few times when I was truly caught up in the story but was quickly lost again


  5. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    The Vanishing Sky is an ambitious book How else can you describe a book written about WWII about a German family where both sons and the father are fighting for the Third Reich Binder works hard to give the characters depth and stir empathy for them, but all of them are pitiful creatures in their own rights I find the idea of writing a story about Germany during WWII and only alluding to the Nazi atrocities to be insulting, at best Yes, Mutti and Josef and Georg and Max refer to people who a The Vanishing Sky is an ambitious book How else can you describe a book written about WWII about a German family where both sons and the father are fighting for the Third Reich Binder works hard to give the characters depth and stir empathy for them, but all of them are pitiful creatures in their own rights I find the idea of writing a story about Germany during WWII and only alluding to the Nazi atrocities to be insulting, at best Yes, Mutti and Josef and Georg and Max refer to people who are taken away, but not acknowledging where they were going and continuing the facade that the German people didn t know what was going on is a slap in the face to the 6 million people who died during the Holocaust.I think the book had potential I understand Binder s goal was to write about an average German family just trying to survive WWII, but basically ignoring the overarching issues around WWII is ridiculous The writing was lovely, and Binder was able to really flesh out the characters and the misery of living in a war torn country with great detail While I enjoyed Binder s prose, I can t give itstars because the lack of discussion about the social, political, economic, issues that were overwhelmingly prevalent at the time, and continue to be relevant today.I received an early copy from Net Galley


  6. Mainlinebooker Mainlinebooker says:

    What an appropriate name for this novel Lives were vanishing individual s souls were vanishing and the sky only portended of trouble The novel felt poetic with undulating waves of emotion The characters were well developed as this was muchdriven by their lives as opposed to introducing a complex plot At the end of the war in Germany in WWII, a mother with 2 sons is left bereft as the older one enlists and comes home with severe PTSD Her younger son is with the Hitler Youth who forsa What an appropriate name for this novel Lives were vanishing individual s souls were vanishing and the sky only portended of trouble The novel felt poetic with undulating waves of emotion The characters were well developed as this was muchdriven by their lives as opposed to introducing a complex plot At the end of the war in Germany in WWII, a mother with 2 sons is left bereft as the older one enlists and comes home with severe PTSD Her younger son is with the Hitler Youth who forsakes his group, running away to find his way back home Both have become lost because of this war, while this desperately loving mother pines for them every day Seeing the German point of view was thought provoking but my heart went out to this mother, as I felt her pain on each and every page Depictions of the savagery of war and its barbarism at right at the forefront It is a deeply heartfelt book.Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC and my honest opinion


  7. Karen Karen says:

    I read this as an ARC from Netgalley.com and I appreciate the opportunity to do so The book was awful Let me be clear this ordinary German family trying to survive the hardships of WWII managed to have coffee klatches even if they could have only one cake while essentially ignoring and, at the end of the story, denying the Holocaust The story jumps from character to character and setting to setting It is an incredibly upsetting story because the author seems to be grabbing at validation I read this as an ARC from Netgalley.com and I appreciate the opportunity to do so The book was awful Let me be clear this ordinary German family trying to survive the hardships of WWII managed to have coffee klatches even if they could have only one cake while essentially ignoring and, at the end of the story, denying the Holocaust The story jumps from character to character and setting to setting It is an incredibly upsetting story because the author seems to be grabbing at validation for the actions of the Nazis


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    I really struggled to get through this book The book follows a family in Germany nearing the end of the war One of Etta s sons has come home from war but is not himself The doctor doesn t know what exactly is wrong with him but knows that it is above anything that he can prescribe I understand this book is about PTSD and that it can t be anything but sorrow filled but I just couldn t get into the writing It jumped around a lot and I didn t really feel connected to any of the characters.This I really struggled to get through this book The book follows a family in Germany nearing the end of the war One of Etta s sons has come home from war but is not himself The doctor doesn t know what exactly is wrong with him but knows that it is above anything that he can prescribe I understand this book is about PTSD and that it can t be anything but sorrow filled but I just couldn t get into the writing It jumped around a lot and I didn t really feel connected to any of the characters.This one just wasn t for me


  9. Tamatha Lewis Tamatha Lewis says:

    I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.This book did not hold my interested and I could not get past the first 50 pages WWII is one of my favorite parts of history and I was really looking forward to reading it from a different perspective But I just couldn t get into it.


  10. Christine Christine says:

    I was very excited to read The Vanishing Sky by L Annette Binder It is right up my alley The time is 1945, Germany is losing the war Etta Huber is trying as hard as she can to not only survive but to keep her family together Her husband, Josef, is in the early stages of dementia Her son Max, returns from the Eastern Front with severe PTSD Meanwhile, her so Georg, is away at camp for the Hitler Youth A sensitive boy, who loves to eat, he is only one year away from becoming a soldier Etta I was very excited to read The Vanishing Sky by L Annette Binder It is right up my alley The time is 1945, Germany is losing the war Etta Huber is trying as hard as she can to not only survive but to keep her family together Her husband, Josef, is in the early stages of dementia Her son Max, returns from the Eastern Front with severe PTSD Meanwhile, her so Georg, is away at camp for the Hitler Youth A sensitive boy, who loves to eat, he is only one year away from becoming a soldier Etta knows that those who are not quite right are taken away for help by the medical establishment and they don t come back She struggles to keep people from seeing how ill her husband is and how Max is just not himself any While all this goes on, Georg escapes his camp and tries to get back home to his mutti I had very mixed feelings about this There were moments I was absolutely enthralled and even horrified at the story The thought that the German army calls up the elderly men and boys as young as 16 to fight, still touting victory, yet everyone knows deep down they are done for, was so sad to read I liked Etta too, her drive to save her son Her scene going to the mental hospital was so soul draining Knowing what was happening to the undesirables made it so And the description of Josef s mind set as he tries to train to serve the Reich, was overwhelming My problem was that the story was just too confusing I had to go back several times and reread certain parts The story jumps around in time I wasn t always quite sure if were were in the moment of 1945 or not The book had so much potential and on the outside looked great, but it just never really achieved it For example, it took me way too long to figure out Georg was in love with Muller and vice versa I found Georg s story the most confusing, while I found Max s clearer Overall, I don t regret reading it but I am not saying run out and read this today It held my interest enough to finish it but not enough to call it a keeper This felt like a missed opportunity for a really compelling book I read that the author based this on her father s story of being in the Hitler Youth and like Georg, he was supposed to have run away and made his way back home I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own


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