Pandemonium - Book Review
"Within the first few pages, I was engrossed and deeply
moved by Apina Hrbek's eloquent writing skills. Tears of
compassion were in my eyes at several points in this
moving story of survival.
The main character, Edita, was raised by a heartless
mother who became twisted after helplessly watching the
communist government steal her family's vast fortune. Her
nonconformist father was her only source of comfort and it
was from him that she learned about these forbidden things
called "choice" and "freedom".
The setting is a land under strict Soviet rule where people
are in a constant state of fright and can not afford to trust
anyone - not even their own kin. To trust was an invitation
The story of their escape to a land of freedom was wrought
with circumstances going wrong - and yet it all worked out
in the end. Resettling in a place where they must learn new
customs, new languages and find employment to support
their small family was no easy task for Edita and her
husband. Through poverty and displacement, the family
struggled to find their dreams and learn how to deal with
this new idea - the freedom to make choices.
Pandemonium is certainly an educational book that may be
beneficial for children and grand children of immigrants who
wish to understand what it was like. It also could serve as a
useful reminder to appreciate, protect and expand upon the
rights of all mankind."
Publisher: Publish America, Inc.
Author: Apina Hrbek
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