A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True #2019

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True Brigid Pasulka A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True Whimsical wise beautiful magical and sometimes even heartbreaking A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories reimagining half a century of Polish history t

  • Title: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True
  • Author: Brigid Pasulka
  • ISBN: 9780547055077
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True Brigid Pasulka Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and sometimes even heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fableWhimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and sometimes even heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks To court Anielica Hetmansk he offers up his golden hands to transform her family s modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into her heart Then war arrives to cut short their courtship, delay their marriage, and wreak havoc in all their lives, even sending the young lovers far from home to the promise of a new life in Krak w Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, repeats their postwar journey, seeking a new life in the fairy tale city of her grandmother s stories But when she arrives in Krak w, instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a city caught between its future and its past, and full of frustrated youths Taken in by her toughtalking cousin Irena and Irena s glamorous daughter Magda, Beata struggles to find her own place in 1990s Krak w and in the constellation of Irena and Magda s fierce love But unexpected events tragedies and miracles can change lives and open eyes And Beata may just find a new way of seeing her family s and her country s history as well as a vision for her own role in the New Poland Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and sometimes even heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.
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    1. Onvan A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True Nevisande Brigid Pasulka ISBN 547055072 ISBN13 9780547055077 Dar 368 Safhe Saal e Chap 2009

    2. 1 5Yeah I m not even going to sugarcoat this I didn t like this one Not at all.I feel bad because one of my English professors lent this to me after I had mentioned that I d never read a good book with Polish culture intertwined within the story This novel was not an exception to that, though Not at all As a Polish gal I m always subconsciously looking for novels that represent Polish culture well so of course when my professor eagerly offered this one, I was ecstatic Fast forward three days and [...]

    3. I m going to admit, I got this book at a borders going out of business sale specifically because I liked the cover art I think subconsciously, the title and art reminded me of everything is illuminated and extremely loud and incredibly close I didn t realize this might be why i picked it up until i got to the second chapter and thought hmm, two different time periods this sounds familiar Initially, foolishly, I thought this seems like a rip off, I m sure I m going to hate it and to be perfectly [...]

    4. I love when you read a book thinking that it will probably be just a decent read but you begin to read and realize that you have a gem in your hands a gem that you end up really loving A Long Long Time Ago Essentially True was that kind of experience for me.Pasulka skillfully intertwines the two threads of the story until they become one inextricably bound by Poland s history and the hope of a better future The stories are told in alternating chapters I ve read books where the transitions feels [...]

    5. I really, really enjoyed this book Firstly, I m a history nerd, so I loved reading the story of Poland from it s brief independence between the two world wars, to it s struggle for survival during WWII, to it s suppression and subversion during the Soviet era, to the New Poland that is struggling to find itself during the post Cold War world This book is told in two different eras one in pre during post WWII Poland and one in the New Poland of the 1990s To be honest, it took me a few chapters to [...]

    6. It was a pleasure to listen to It wasn t a short book but I never once looked at my figurative watch Characters that I fully believed in and wanted to root for Wonderful dialogue that made me laugh I guess I want to describe it as a sweet story even though of course many bad things happened, as any story of Poland since 39 would have to But it s told in a smart, soft, humorous, ironic tone I very much enjoyed the back and forth between the historical and recent narratives and thought it was ver [...]

    7. Brigid Pasulka s first novel, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True, alternates two chronological settings by chapter The long, long time ago follows Pigeon and Angelicia in Poland just before and during World War Two in third person omniscient, and the present is narrated in the first person perspective of Baba Yaga a poorly explained nickname with little apparent significance It isn t until a good way into the narrative that the relationship between the two chronologies becomes clear, and [...]

    8. I am reviewing the Audible version of this book.I didn t know what to expect from this book.but I truly loved it It goes back and forth between the WWII years in Poland and the immediate aftermath and Poland in the 80 s and 90 s where change is still on the brink as they shed off their Soviet clothing and remember who they are as Poles It flows easily between the two eras and the two eras are brought together in the end in a most beautiful, soft and complete way the author didn t have to force a [...]

    9. The tears are still fresh in my eyes from the end of this beautiful novel I enjoyed this book so much than I expected to when it was chosen for our book club or even during the first quarter of the story I had honestly grown weary of WWII novels, because I ve read so many and because they are all so heart wrenching But the thing is that there are so many stories so many sides to the suffering, the loss, the choices and compromises And so many great stories of hope and love and kindness and cama [...]

    10. I found this book hard to read until I abandoned the alternating points of view and read one story through to the end and then the other It made everything less confusing I was able to enjoy both stories There is much to admire here Brigid Pasulka clearly gets the mind set of Poles both currently and during the war However, the wartime love story suffered from a lack of space compared with the contemporary one I speak Polish and was puzzled by the seemingly random use of Polish words where the E [...]

    11. The Pigeon was not one to sit around and pine, and so the day after he saw the beautiful Anielica Hetma ska up on Old Baldy Hill, he went to talk to her father 1 So begins A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka This is a beautifully written novel that explores themes of survival, patience, love and sacrifice It alternates between the story of a young man who falls in love with Anielica from Half Village just before World War II begins and Poland after the fall of communism i [...]

    12. It s between 3 and a 4 stars for me I went with 4 because I am still thinking about it I liked the interweaving of stories of different generations of family and the stories were good could have been great , but I think what makes me still think about it is the tie to my Polish heritage I thought that the author, coming to Poland to learn the language and culture and going around interviewing folks to get their stories, was wonderful I did think that dropping in the Polish words there were quite [...]

    13. I m biased because I lived in Poland for a year and speak Polish I really enjoyed this book I found it to be a fascinating storyline and also SO TRUE to Poland The characters were very real to me I think, since Ms Pasulka spent some time in Poland, she wrote true to the people I always found it curious how so many Polish people are fiercely defensive of their country, yet simultaneously despise it and believe that life is better anywhere outside its borders The same sentiment seems to apply to t [...]

    14. I really loved this book it is exactly my type of book if I were to have a type Baba Yaga, or Beata, is a completely relatable character who I really felt like I understood The romance in the book is also really beautiful, it was a real romance that didn t depend on harlequin esque ramblings or sensuous details At the end of the book, even though things didn t turn out as I hoped for everyone, I felt a certain sense of peace about it all, like there was definitely a lesson to be learned and that [...]

    15. I read this book to lead a book discussion at the library It s not a book that I would have necessarily picked up on my own, but I m glad I did It s beautifully written and the characters are all so tangible I was a little cautious since it s yet another WWII book, but it was done so well, and the focus wasn t completely on the war and didn t take place strictly during that time period.I found that I had a hard time putting it down Not that it s suspense, it s just so beautiful and I wanted and [...]

    16. I don t usually give up on books after 20 pages, or if I do I just remove them from my shelves altogether, but in this case I feel a need to explain myself.My issue with this book is that it s a typical case of an American discovering their pre migration roots It s so obvious that Pasulka tries to throw all the grasped elements of Polish culture, history, and, especially, language at the reader all the time I don t know how much time she put into research but it Was Not Enough The biggest obstac [...]

    17. I feel bad for this book It s not that it s a terrible book, it just was completely not what I was in the mood for I thought about just putting it down and picking it back up later, but then worried I would just never pick it back up again I am just never in the mood for Let Me Tell You About How Much Life Sucked books I mean, World War II Poland bad Soviet Poland bad Post Soviet Poland a little better, but still bad There were two stories going on The first is about Pigeon wooing local beauty A [...]

    18. Yes, the cover did make me pick up this book A fairy tale kind of title, with little drawings of sheep and musicians and film and planes among vines and flowersI had to see what this book was And the blurb mentioned war, romance, all stuff I ve read before, but the fairy tale esque description inside a place called Half Villagea girl fabled for her angelic lookshis golden hands made me think it wouldn t be the typical tragic war romance novel But the book didn t read quite as fairy tale as I ant [...]

    19. Charming, funny, sad, witty, movingl these describe this gorgeous first novel by Brigid Pasulka Set in both World War II and present Poland and the times in between , A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True is a ringing affirmation of the value of sacrifice of one generation for the next, whether for the building of a family or a nation.The story is built in alternating chapters One set tells the tale of a family in a remote Polish mountain village starting just before the German invasion, an [...]

    20. This is just my kind of book Baking for yourself is always better than baking for a husband That thing was that a woman s heart is not bought by the currency of a man s emotion for her A woman s heart is won over by her own feelings for herself when he just happens to be around But I thought you protested against the communists Phooh That was before I found our that capitalists are just communists without the polyester But the words coming from his mouth were too abundant to be reassuring Reassu [...]

    21. The content of this novel focuses on life in Krakow, Poland, during and after WW2, through to the period when communism was finally overthrown Life during the war was difficult, but so was the time after The central issue of this novel, as of so many others, is not anti Semitism The time period covers the tumult of events after the war, Stalinism, Communism, corruption, but the main focus was on the personal lives of struggling individuals I should have been pulled me in than I was Perhaps the [...]

    22. This book appealed to the zewski part of my family s former last name Being of part Polish heritage, but not knowing anything about it, I sometimes yearn to know about my family s history and culture That s what drew me to Pasulka s debut book.Two stories of very different Polands appear in alternate chapters We see the rural Poland of World War II and those wrapped up in the Resistance, and we also see a modern young Polish woman struggling with her identity and culture.I loved the language sp [...]

    23. I will tell you up front that I know or knew this author from several years ago, and she is someone I admire very much It s hard for me to describe her without sounding like some kind of deranged fanbut whatever, she s just an all around amazing person Thus, when I heard she had written her first novel, I immediately bought my copy And then it sat on my bookshelf, for almost a year I finally realized I hesitated to read this book because, honestly, I was afraid it would be just awful Not that I [...]

    24. And the Pigeon was no glupek about women either He had learned something aobut them from his eight sisters, and if over the years he had absorbed only this one thing, it would stand as vindication that a boy does not suffer needlessly from growing up in a house with eight sisters That thing was that a woman s heart is not bought by the currency of a man s emotion for her A woman s heart is won over by her own feelings for herself when hej ust happens to be around, and as the hut slowly transform [...]

    25. This book contains two stories one that takes place in WWII and the other in present day, The WWII story was almost like a fairy tale in fact it was almost like it was the story the grandmother had told Baba Yaga is the granddaughter who is the main character of the present day story and after her grandmother passes away she now lives with her cousin and her aunt Her aunt, Irena, and her cousin were by far the most colorful characters in the story I loved them I immediately took a liking to the [...]

    26. Ash and I were at the library and she picked this up because of the cover art then when she read the jacket, handed it to me Yep, another WWII memoir, but a novel this time, and it has two alternating by chapter voices what happened in the late 30 s, early 40 s, in Poland and then the granddaughter of the main characters from the earlier days living in a different, modern day Poland Having just read Clara s War , and now this, I feel I certainly know a whole lot about WWII in Poland Anyway, the [...]

    27. It is with regret I mark this book as finished I didn t want it to end.From the first chapter I was hooked As usual, I was afraid to love it for fear that it would take some unforeseen turn to make me dislike it But, though it did take some unforeseen turns, I kept loving it right down to the bittersweet, beautiful end Though the story had a fair bit of tragedy, it was full of hope and had a generous sprinkling of humour throughout The setting interested me immensely I so enjoyed learning about [...]

    28. when I set my eyes on this book I immediately fell I m love with the coverwhen I read the back page reviewI classified it as a horrible cheesy romanced it found its way to the bottom shelf lay there while I read other seemingly better works like my family and other animals or to kill a mockingbirdwhen I finally faced it I realized the great expertise of the authore seriousness behind the childish cover and the legacy behind the cheesy reviewpecially considering this is her debut the author had a [...]

    29. This was a lovely story of not so lovely circumstances Pasulka does a fine job moving between two different times, a trick which is not often carried off well, in my opinion Both story lines are set in Poland one around the time of World War II, and the other in modern times The earlier story line starts much like a folk tale, with characters larger than life, but as the novel develops these characters become real and ultimately blend into the contemporary story in a seamless fashion These were [...]

    30. The book is really two stories that eventually come together The first is set in Krakow in the 1990s, newly democratic and out from under Soviet rule Beata is a young woman who moves to the city to live with her aunt and erstwhile cousin, and is trying to figure out how to avoid living her life as just a Polish barmaid.The second story is set in Poland during World War II, and it s one of the sweetest, saddest, most beautiful love stories I ve ever read.Pasulka stumbles a few times with plot dev [...]

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