The Darkest Corner of the World Paperback – Aug 21 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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In 1941 Estonia, 15-year-old Madli faces these universal teen challenges, and also the same teen firsts. First crush. First kiss.
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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I haven't finished this yet but what I have read I like. We take too many things for granted and this is a story we need to know. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2013 by Lee Shipton