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Ir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin giving power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh in the face of their oppressorsThe ventrilouists have agreed to die for a joke and they have only eighteen days to tell itTold with dazzling scope taut prose and devastating emotion The Ventrilouists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by history unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern histo. This book is the perfect combination of gravitas humor and pure compelling plot The true story is amazing and yet the author doesn t just ride the plot like so many historical fiction books do Each sentence is beautiful Each character is perfectly lovable perfectly hatable or sometimes both This tale of every day resistance and remembering how to laugh again in the face of oppression is both timeless and sadly so very timely I cannot recommend it enough

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Ground newspapersAubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attract the attention of August Wolff a high ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies Wolff captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an impossible choice use the newspaper to paint the Allies as monsters or be killed Faced with no decision at all Aubrion has a brilliant idea they will pretend to do the Nazis’ bidding but instead they will publish a fake edition of Le So. In 1943 Brussels the Nazis have taken over Helene is 12 years old She s an orphan who survives by disguising herself as boy She sells newspapers Her life changes when she is drawn into a secret underground network that publishes dissident anti nazi news When a high ranking Nazi officer discovers the group he demands that they print pro Nazi propaganda or face death The group decides to pretend to comply while actually publishing satire against the Nazi occupation While I enjoyed the characters the history and the premise of people willing to risk their lives to fool the Nazis and resist occupationthis book was a difficult read for me I just couldn t seem to connect with the story I m not sure what caused the disconnect though The book is well written The characters are complex The plot is good I justdidn t really like this book I think it s just a case of not every story is for every reader I enjoy WWII history both non fiction and historical fiction I just didn t get sucked into this story I read every wordbut it just wasn t a story for me I would definitely read by this author And I might pick this book up again in the future and see if I like it better after a second read I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Harleuin via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own

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In this triumphant debut inspired by true events a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the ReichBrussels 1943 Twelve year old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper Le Soir now turned into Nazi propaganda Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist Marc Aubrion who draws her into a secret network publishing dissident under. The year was 1943 Gruppenfuhrer August Wolff headed the Ministry of Perception Management administered by the Gestapo Wolff Germany s book burning crusader was primarily involved in Black Propaganda Propaganda is black if it is supposedly from one side but is actually from the other The citizenry of the city of Brussels was dispirited When the Nazis invaded Belgium taking our printing presses our radios our booksthey took our words and thoughts too Le Soir arguably Belgium s most important newspaper was turned into a cheap propaganda machineThe Front de l Independance FI was a resistance organization that published the infamous La Libre Belgiue The Belgians and the Germans ultimately wanted the same thing to sway the public Before the war Marc Aubrion was a theater critic and playwright who also wrote newspaper articles Aubrion a gifted linguist used puns and jokes in his writing to entertain and create hope for the downtrodden BelgiansLa Libre Belgiue newspaper published by the FI was on Gruppenfurer Wolff s radar Targeting and arresting Aubrion and several of his cohorts he gave them the choice of death or the impossible task of creating and distributing Le Soir He demanded that they make it a large propaganda bomb turn all of Europe against the Allies The Front de l Independance with director Rene Noel at the helm and principal writer Marc Aubrion had a plan of their own Aided by smugglers saboteurs counterfeiters printers judges and a pyromaniac street urchin they were determined to produce Le Faux Soir a four page satire to be distributed at newsstands in lieu of Le Soir They must raise funds to supplement Wolff s piddly budget offering and comply with his firm publishing deadline of 18 daysThe Ventrilouists by ER Ramzipoor is an amazing work of historical fiction with a cast of well defined characters Author notes reveal that Marc Aubrion was indeed the writer of much of the Faux Soir s satire The false newspaper was published by the Independence Front in Brussels on November 9 1943 One article was titled Effective Strategy thanks to the autumn campaign the winter campaign followed the summer campaignSo the course of these three campaigns in order show that the German general staff have not lost at any time control over the seuence of the seasons an element whose importance should not be underestimated Author Ramzipoor s tome shined a spotlight on a group of journalists and resistance fighters with the courage of their convictions and the willingness to die for a joke An excellent read I highly recommendThank you HARLEUIN Trade Publishing Park Row and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Ventrilouists

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  • The Ventrilouists
  • E.R. Ramzipoor
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  • 10 August 2019
  • 9781488035142

About the Author: E.R. Ramzipoor

Evan Roxanna Ramzipoor is a writer based in California She studied political science at UC Berkeley where she researched underground literature in resistance movements and discovered the forgotten story of Faux Soir Evan has given talks on underground literature at the GLBT Museum Ohlone College and USC has taught writing at UC Berkeley and Hugo House Her work has been featured in McSweeney



10 thoughts on “The Ventrilouists

  1. says:

    Well the first thing I'm going to say about this book is that it is long Too long About 200 pages too long Yes I understand setting the scene building up to the finale etc however this book settled into tedium and I got bored So is it a tale worth telling and reading? Yes definitely but it's needs a lot of the s

  2. says:

    The year was 1943 Gruppenfuhrer August Wolff headed the Ministry of Perception Management administered by the Gestapo Wolff Germany's book burning crusader was primarily involved in Black Propaganda Propaganda is 'black' if it is su

  3. says:

    Still waters are deep is a saying that I grew up with and it is the perfect analogy for this novel in my mind In many ways a reader knows what to expect when picking up a historical fiction novel set during WWII but this story is u

  4. says:

    A stunning true story of ordinary people in Nazi occupied Belgium fighting back with printed words As a Communications major in college many years ago I found The Ventrilouists to be very intriguing; both the truth and fiction ER Ram

  5. says:

    Rating 2 starsAs much as I love reading historical fiction about little known episodes in history especially WWII history this book didn’t hit the mark for me There were too many characters and I was unclear who the narrator was most of the time The story was interesting but told in a very convoluted way I felt like the author would gotten the point across better if the plot had been simplifiedThis is the story of a

  6. says:

    In 1943 Brussels the Nazis have taken over Helene is 12 years old She's an orphan who survives by disguising herself as boy She sel

  7. says:

    About three uarters of the way through this novel set in World War II Belgium one of the protagonists spends a fair amount of time moaning that I probably won't see the Americans join the war That would be fine if the book didn't take place in

  8. says:

    This book is the perfect combination of gravitas humor and pure compelling plot The true story is amazing and yet the author doesn't just ride the plot like so many historical fiction books do Each sentence is beautiful Each character is perfectly lovable perfectly hatable or sometimes both This tale of every day resistance and remembering how to laugh again in the face of oppression is both timeless and sadly so very ti

  9. says:

    I received this from netgalleycom in exchange for a review Really clunky blocky writing and the characters didn't grab my attentionAbandoned at 25% No Rating

  10. says:

    I received a free publisher's advance review copyThere are so many little known stories about World War II that now nearly 80 years after the war began there are still tales to be told Ramzipoor writes in her author’s note that she stumbled across the true story behind this novel as she was researching the role of underground publications in resistance movementsA few copies of the “Faux Soir” of this story still exist and some facts

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