“The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne

John Boyne is mostly known for his book “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”. I read it and loved it, even though the ending horrified me and followed me for weeks.

With “The House of Special Purpose” John Boyne connected again a real time event with a fictional story. The book takes place during the Russian Revolution. Our main character Georgy Jachmenev works very closely for the Zar and his family and forms a close relation-ship with the youngest daughter Anastasia, while he witnesses the families downfall.

At the same time we meet Georgy Jachmenev as an 80 – year -old man, who remembers his live in revers all the way back until the day he left Russia.

The book is about restarting your life, struggling with tragedy and overcoming an haunting past. Even though this sounds like a tough read, it is the total opposite. The book is one of those nice reads that are hard to put down. I enjoyed it incredibly much.

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