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I am quite surprised at the negative reviews, both here and elsewhere, about this book.
I found it an easy, page turning read; not at all heavy-going despite copious annotation and footnotes, which not only confirmed for me that the author had done her research, but were interesting additions in themselves. I agree with the general criticism of the way in which Lambert tries to weave her own family history into the narrative and draw parallels - that doesn't work at all, and I'm still not sure why the author attempted to do it, as Eva Braun is more than enough to fill the pages.
Some say this book brings nothing new to the table, and on that I disagree. By making Braun the focus, we get a new perspective on Hitler, and on what life was like inside the Nazi 'inner court.' I also thought the telling of those last days in the bunker was expertly done and amongst the most moving I have ever read. Again, by shifting the focus from Hitler to Braun the author has given us another aspect to the events that have been written about so often we almost know them by heart.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it was mine. 4 out of 5
Review: The Lost Life of Eva BraunUser Review - Lisa Horn - Goodreads
- Speculative - Biased - Hated the author's parallels to her own mother's life - Repetitive - Did not transition well throughout the book Read full review