Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…
His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed firsthand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp in Scotland and faced violent persecution in peacetime Britain. But he has also touched many lives, fallen deeply in love, raised a family and survived triumphantly at the limits of human endurance. He carries within him an astonishing family secret that he must share before he dies… a story that will mean someone else’s salvation.
Welcome to the moving, heart-warming and uncommon life of Alfred Warner.
This book was completely unlike anything else I’ve ever read. The story focuses on the life of Alfred, and all he’s coped with over the years. The story alternates between the perspectives of Alfred and Julia – the lady who he meets and tells his story to. This book is heart warming and gripping – I absolutely loved it.
I took this book with me on a train journey to work – thought I would read a few chapters on the way there and the way home. After reading the first few pages I was completely sucked in. I almost missed my stop on the train, was sneaking in chapters on my lunch break and then had my face glued to it for the rest of the evening. This book is stunningly written, and really focuses on some difficult subjects – the holocaust, coping with death and loss are just some of them.
Although there are some really heart breaking moments in this story,it was also incredibly heart warming as well. Alfred has some really amazing experiences in his life, and it’s fascinating to see them. The characters are so complex and well written, each dealing with their own happy and sad moments.
Alfred certainly had an uncommon life, and his story was one that I did not want to end. The book really drives home how one single moment – one chance meeting, can have such a profound effect. The Uncommon Life of Alfred in Six Days is definitely one of my favourite books of 2017 so far. It’s unique, gripping and beautifully written – I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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