The main character, Linda Voss, wasn t all that likable She had her moments, but then she d make some stupid decisions that were frustrating I felt bad for her though, with the tough family life she had and the bad choices in men She was supposed to be this smart, sassy, strong heroine, but she didn t really live up to any of that in my mind And neither did the spy adventure part or the romance.
If you ve seen the film and liked it, stick with that If you haven t, then you can go into this book without bias Others loved the book and hated the movie So to each their own For me, the movie was something that I liked as a teenager during a very painful and rough time in my life It was escapism for me and it s what I came across first, thanks to a friend And that s why for this story, I prefer the movie over the book.
Compromising Positions was Susan Isaacs first novel She s since written many since then All of them are entertaining A couple have been made into pretty bad movies My favorites are Compromising Positions, Close Relations, Almost Paradise, and Shining Through, which is really worth reading It s interesting and entertaining and contains one of the best opening paragraphs 3 paragraphs to be exact that I ve ever read I ve quoted them below In 1940, when I was thirty one and an old maid, while the whole world waited for war, I fell in love with John Berringer An office crush Big deal Since the invention of the steno pad, a day hasn t gone by without some secretary glancing up from her Pitman squiggles and suddenly realizing that the man who was mumbling and therefore, pursuant to the above was the only man in her life who could ever bring her joy So there I was, a clich with a number 2 yellow pencil a working girl from Queens who d lost her heart to the pride of the Ivy League.
Not a horrible read once I got about 50 or so pages into it, but up until then I was pretty bored Ultimately I guess I didn t really care that much for the heroine, nor her voice as narrator.
I felt like the book had an identity crisis At first you just see a fairly smart girl with a hopeless crush, then you wade through a foolish office romance, then you take a deeper look into romantic and familial relationships, then suddenly you re reading an adventure spy novel, and finally it turns out it s just a romance after all Peppered throughout all of this are details about WWII, often incongruous with the surrounding material, but eventuallycentral to the plot.
Nazis, spys, trains, romance, suspense Whatneed I say This book was good And I loved the movie when they play I ll be seeing you and Melanie Griffith sees Michael Douglas with another woman She didn t act like it didn t bother her, she was just honest and had tears in her eyes It brings to mind that quote from Sound of Music There s nothingirresistible to a man than a woman who s in love with him Don t know if it s true, but it ought to be.
This was very close to a 5 star, I d say 4.
4The heroine is truly amazing and she captivated me from the start, and I read it practically full speed.
Despite being an historical partially centered on the fight against the Nazis, this content was not heavy, it was all about Linda, the protagonist, and what her life was like.
The romance one was supposed to read between the lines was quite good but in some moments, not as highlighted as it could.
I liked how Linda dealt with all the aspects of her life and how she was, deep down and against the odds, a wonderfully caring person Her vulnerabilities through the novel made her human and easy to root for.
I wished some sections weren t as lengthy because they weren t always adding a lot and often I thought they were repetitive.
The end was superb except I d have liked an epilogue I didn t want to stop there and have to imagine I wanted certainty about what would be their future.
Oh, what a book, and oh, what a heroine There s nobody quite like Linda a Jewish German secretary from Queens with a foul mouth, a wry sense of humor, and enough steel in her spine to build a bridge cable Linda works for movie star handsome Wall Street lawyer John, fantasizing about her boss by day and taking care of her alcoholic mother by night, as Hitler rises in Europe A passionate love affair and an unplanned pregnancy lead to a marriage proposal from John, but this fairy tale doesn t end at the altar Marrying John isn t quite the happy ending Linda imagined, and when John s intimidating boss Edward needs a German speaker to handle his secret war correspondence, Linda jumps at the job From the fringes of the spy business, Linda will land right in the thick of it, sent to Berlin to spy on a Nazi official as D Day approaches Linda s unforgettable voice makes the book fly, but the tense and terrifying third act is where it really soars painting a mesmerizing picture of Hitler s Berlin, the intelligence business the real intel business, not the James Bond stuff , and of an ordinary woman gutting her way through impossible dangers on common sense and sheer toughness alone I wanted to fight as much as any boy who enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor, she tells us, and boy, does she Note a movie was made of this book starring Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith It sucks.
If I have to know where my book is all the time I rate it a 5 Because the personality of the main character is quite unique, I didn t know what she was going to do next I suppose some of the story line is somewhat predictable but I was so entranced in reading the words right in front of me I really didn t speculate the course of what was to come.
I enjoy books set in WWII For all it s hideous nature, it was a time that found ordinary people thinking about how they could aid the war effort Espionage wasn t a common part to play, but it must have been a boost to moral to think that there amongst their neighbours, family and friends, seemingly average citizens, there were those who did.
This story is a light read with mainly references to war atrocities but Ms Isaacs writings still were able to capture the horror of this time.