The Far Side Of The Sky
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"Daniel Kalla has written the best sort of historical fiction, in which individual lives are shaken by the tectonic forces of history?and then miraculously reconstructed."
- David Layton, author of The Bird Factory and Motion Sickness ()
About the Author
DANIEL KALLA practises emergency medicine in Vancouver, B.C. He is the author of six previous novels, including five scientific/medical thrillers. The idea for his first book, Pandemic, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. Kalla’s books have been translated into ten languages; his novel Pandemic has been optioned for film. Kalla received his M.D. from the University of British Columbia and lives in Vancouver. Check out his website at danielkalla.com.See all Product Description
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Keep up the good work and I look forward to the continuation of this story.
Carla Pahulje, MRT(R)
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.
“The Far Side of the Sky” is more a love story than a suspense novel, it recounts the period of war torn Shanghai as seen through the eyes of two main characters- Dr. Franz Adler, a secular Austrian Jew and Soon Yi Mah, a native Eurasian nurse. Their lives are caught up in a whirlwind of events in a unique time and place. Although the protagonists are fictional, Mr. Kalla’s notes at the end of the novel indicate he wanted to stay as faithful as possible to the history, culture and geography of Second World War Shanghai. Some of the minor characters including the Nazis and Japanese officials are true historical figures. Mr. Kalla has chosen a very challenging period and engaged his imagination to highlight some events that are recorded in history. By doing so, he has painted a dramatic tale that transports the reader from Austria in the late 30’s to Shanghai early 40’s.
The fast moving plot is narrated in a clear and simple form and opens in Vienna, on Nov.9. 1938- Kristallnacht. Franz Adler, a once prominent surgeon, realizes life as he knew it is degrading fast, his brother has paid the price with his life and danger lurks at every corner. When a window to escape to Shanghai with his daughter and sister in law opens, he seizes the opportunity it may be their only hope for survival.
Once in Shanghai, we follow the lives of the two main characters: Franz and his struggle to get back into the medical field and a young half Chinese nurse, Soon Yi “Sunny” who is a brilliant young woman and a competent surgical nurse.Read more ›
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This is a fantastic novel full of history and intrigue. The characters are so well developed I feel that I know them...Published 9 months ago by Tina
This novel revealed a lot we did not know about the Chinese aspect of the Second World War. Most of us who were around to be involved in some way even if we were just children were... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Beryl Harrington
Loved this story. A part of the wartime that most people I talked did not know about. I have recommended this to all my friends. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Judi Robson
Daniel Kalla has created such a diverse and very real group of characters; they jump from the page. The level of tension is kept very high while relating historical events that I... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joyce
Excellent book, historically and otherwise. Was disappointed the ending did not tell me what happened to that large Jewish community in Shanghai. Read morePublished 20 months ago by F. Cheryl McCoy
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. Read morePublished on March 20 2014 by Michele Obara
Story related to family history but that aside the book moved along very well , well written , a great insight to history .Published on Feb. 5 2014 by Sheila
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!Published on July 1 2013 by margaret g hanna