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Caging Skies

Narrated by: Tim Bruce
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

The inspiration for the major motion picture ‘Jojo Rabbit’.

A gripping, atmospheric novel about obsession and love in war-time Vienna.

This extraordinary novel is seen through the eyes of Johannes, an avid member of the Hitler Youth in the 1940s. After he is severely injured in a raid, he discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl called Elsa behind a false wall in their large house in Vienna.  

His initial horror turns to interest, then love and obsession. After the disappearance of his parents, Johannes finds he is the only one aware of Elsa's existence in the house, the only one responsible for her survival. Both manipulating and manipulated, Johannes dreads the end of the war: with it will come the prospect of losing Elsa and their relationship, which ranges through passion and obsession, dependence and indifference, love and hate. 

This gripping, masterful work examines truth and lies at both political and personal levels, laying bare the darkest corners of the human soul.

©2019 Christine Leunens (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"A vivid and deeply compelling novel, Caging Skies is an existential battle of moral and ethical extremes. Christine Leunens is an adept and eloquent story teller." (Georgia Hunter, New York Times best-selling author of We Were the Lucky Ones)  

"The best part of this interesting novel is its ability to show parts of our history which others dismiss: why suffering can make some people more sensitive but others more cruel, and how a war, such an outrage to human dignity, blurs the line between the victorious and defeated." (Elle)  

"Enthralling throughout." (My Weekly)  

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  • Dugal I an Heath
  • 26-01-2020

Story of a disturbed boy

The story starts with the coming to power of Hitler and all the changes it brought to Austria. The boy is sucked in tothenaziideology and discovers a Jewish girl hidden by his parents in their house. Initially, he hates her but later views her as the perfect love to the point where he fails to tell her that Germany lost the war and keeps her incarcerated justifying this to himself against all moral law.. The influence of the nazis lives on in him.