CHARGE (What was the author trying say?): To explore individual choices made in Nazi-era Germany.
FACTS: Two childhood friends find themselves on opposite sides of the Nazi regime in Germany. Choices and circumstances separate the friends for over fifty years, but their lives are entwined in ways they can never foreseee. The shifting chronology made it difficult to follow at times. The grim reality of the times was often unbearable to read, and I found myself skimming much of that material. Though it is an historical novel, I was not interested in so many horrific details – which seemed to overwhelm the plot.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged but often unreadable.