Fever at Dawn is a love story for absolutely everyone. It’s not sappy, it’s not depressing, it’s just really bloody lovely.
Just try not to love it, I dare you.
Fever at Dawn
Pages per day: 32
After being transferred from Germany to a Swedish refugee camp, Miklós finds that he is sick. He’s contracted TB, and the doctor says he’s got a few months left, at best. Instead of letting this phase him, he sets himself a task – to find a wife by writing 117 letters to 117 different Hungarian girls. Lili, in another refugee camp hundreds of kilometres away, decides to write back, sparking a huge journey of love, passion, faith, betrayal and friendship.
This book is written really beautifully. It’s descriptive and engaging and, actually, really funny. Despite the rather grim setting and deep themes, it’s quite a light book, and very easy to read. Miklós and his friend, Harry, are an absolutely brilliant duo, and you’ll find yourself giggling throughout the entire story. The characters are wonderfully represented, and while the plot seems vaguely unrealistic, I can assure you – it’s certainly not, due to one very important aspect – and that’s what makes this book so excellent.
This story is, in fact, true. It’s the real journey of Péter Gárdos’ parents, and the story is based around the letters they shared (in total, ninety-six). Seriously, if that doesn’t melt your heart then I don’t know what will. The author’s personal connection to this book is obvious. There is passion absolutely seeping from this story, and it makes it incredibly engaging, realistic and likeable.
During the writing of this review, I found out that there is, in fact, a film version of this story! If you get a chance to check out the movie, or if you’ve already seen it, please let me know what it was like! I hope it’s stayed true to the incredible story that is this book (which I’m sure it will -Péter Gárdos is an award-winning film and theatre director).
You can find this book on Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide – if you read it (or if you’ve already read it!) please let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear what you thought! Did you spend the entire book cheering for Mikós like I did? Do you think he found ‘The One’? Tell me all about it! I can’t wait to hear your opinion.
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Next week’s book is The One Day by David Malouf (it’s a teeny tiny book this week!). The review will be posted on Monday – make sure to check in! If you’ve got any other suggestions for book for my challenge, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!
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