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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Sept. 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443402656
  • ASIN: B00ASPANLS
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #636,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carla Pahulje on Dec 11 2011
Format: Paperback
It was great to have another book from Daniel Kalla - well worth the wait. Just wanted to send a note to say that I just finished reading "The Far Side of the Sky". What an amazing story - it was very difficult to put down. I was able to identify with Franz, Essie and Hannah, since my mom and her family had to leave their home in Slovenia and cross the border into Hungary - if they looked back, they would have been shot. My grandfather even spent some time in Mauthausen and returned home skin and bones. This was a very difficult time for many people that the Nazis had "issues with" - many died, but many were able to survive and let the world know what really happened. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of those who had no idea and denied that such atrocities really happened. I especially enjoyed the medical aspect and the interaction between Franz and Sunny.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to the continuation of this story.

Carla Pahulje, MRT(R)

Toronto, ON
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 22 2012
Format: Paperback
The Far Side of the Sky is a novel by Canadian emergency room doctor Daniel Kalla about the experiences of Asians and Europeans in Shanghai during WWII. I'm just going to assume that Daniel Kalla and Vincent Lam have abandoned their game of online chess and are now trying to out-novel each other. Obvious comparisons aside, The Far Side of the Sky is a fantastic novel in its own right. At times heartbreaking (okay, almost entirely heartbreaking), it tells the little known story of European Jews who fled to Shanghai during WWII to escape the Nazis. Specifically, it tells the fictional story of Franz Adler, a Jewish doctor from Vienna who decides to flee after his brother is murdered by the Nazis during Kristallnacht. He travels with his (remaining) family to Shanghai, where he meets Sunny Mah, a Eurasian nurse who also knows about discrimination and racial hatred, in her case at the hands of Japanese soldiers. I don't want to give away any endings, but Daniel Kalla has said that the character of Franz is based loosely on his own grandfather, so expect that it's not all sad and tragic endings (since Dr. Kalla is around to tell the story, I'm assuming things worked out okay for his grandfather), but I'd keep a box of tissues nearby (it's pretty sad in places...most of the book, really).

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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I loved Daniel Kalla's book! It brought to light the fact that China was one of the few places that would take Jewish refugees during the 2nd world war. The characters were wonderful, as was the narrative, of what life must have been like in China during the time period. Highly recommended reading!
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By Sheila on Feb. 5 2014
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Story related to family history but that aside the book moved along very well , well written , a great insight to history .
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Another goodie. chosen for our monthly book club. Had not heard of his writing before but he is from my part of the world which is interesting!
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