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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cormorant Books (Aug. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770862145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770862142
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Urve Tamberg grew up in Toronto as the daughter of Estonian immigrant parents. With a B.Sc. (Physical Therapy) and a M.B.A., her management career spanned both the public and private sectors of health care. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with family and, of course, reading. Urve lives in Oakville, Ontario. The Darkest Corner of the World is her first novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous reviewer on Oct. 9 2012
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Finally a book that 2nd and 3rd generation Estonians can really connect with. An educational and compelling read for all. There is not enough written about what happened in the Baltic States. I will definitely have my teenage daughter read this.
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By Sofie TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 12 2013
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After reading Between Shades of Grey, which I absolutely loved, I wasn't sure I could like this book as much. I give both books 5/5 stars. The Darkest Corner Of The World is about a 15-year-old girl named Madli living in Soviet-occupied Estonia. While she is away with her family at her grandparents' farm, the Nazis start to invade Estonia. And the Estonians are happy - they think the Nazis are going to free them.

The Darkest Corner Of The World isn't nearly as gritty, heart-wrenching, or painful to read like Between Shades of Grey. It was definitely easier to read, but it was still very powerful. Madli is betrayed by someone very close to her and her family. Fear makes people do and say horrible things. But she gets her revenge. Madli is an incredibly strong heroine, and I liked her a lot. She is dedicated to her family and is very protective of her brothers, even though one is 3 years older than her. She is very brave, optimistic, and smart. She loves Estonia and wants nothing more than to see it free, yet she knows about the Nazis' hatred for Jews and hates that she has to accept them as the lesser of two evils (or are they?) Madli is a teenage girl thrust into a world of adults. I think most people will like her a lot as a heroine. I found that her only real flaw was her obsession with her father's papers.

The Darkest Corner Of The World was very educating for me. I knew very little about Estonia and had no idea that it was under Soviet and Nazi occupation. I highly recommend this book to anyone who liked Between Shades of Grey.
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Teen years are riddled with angst. Pimples sprout, perspiration takes on the rank odour of mouldy cheese, and, no matter how many notes change hands at the back of the classroom, the puzzle on which a young girl's entire future rests can not be solved.

Does he like me?

In 1941 Estonia, 15-year-old Madli faces these universal teen challenges, and also the same teen firsts. First crush. First kiss.

First war.

Twenty years before the British invasion, forty years before the punk regime brandished sex pistols, and half a century before loyalty--Team Edward or Team Jacob--was boldly declared on a T-shirt, Madli's country became lost in the folds of an iron curtain.

In Madli's world, the Soviets were the enemy, holding Estonia's culture and its people hostage. In a clash stranger than fiction, the invading Nazi army became Estonia's hope.

In The Darkest Corner of the World, a lost remnant of World War II is sewn into the fabric of history, revealing a a thread of the past few Westerners can imagine. Through Madli's eyes, Estonia's tragedies become real and relatable, as newcomer Urve Tamberg weaves the upheaval of war into the tapestry of Estonian life with the skill of an accomplished embroiderer.
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