It is a terrible fallacy if English speakers discoverEstonia’s history from this novel. This book must be seen as fiction not as an historical novel which some reviewers on Amazon have assumed. I am writing this because I am an Estonian. Estonia still has a living memory of events of 1940-41. It is dangerous to propel a fake historical context. Not everyone reading this story realises the significance of the actual date of the Klooga Camp. Had the author by intent or better editorial advice, attempted extra research it would have been an interesting contribution bringing to life the tribulations of occupation and war. Instead this book is an experiment to set events in a fictional Estonia. Research into the formation of Forest Brothers , the political climate into which occupying German forces arrived, the traditions behind the symbolism in knitting patterns etc could have done justice to the nation. That the protagonist is a child of Stalin and an Estonian mother is annoying and any significance of this invention is left unresolved.
Michael Ondaatje, a writer of historical fiction, says he writes 20 drafts and masses research as his novel unfolds. Hilary Mantel bases her historical novels on research to expose the dilemmas of people facing traumatic events. Thus we learn much about the atmosphere and culture of the times from her books. The true historical novel brings to life otherwise cold hard facts.
Sadly in “ The Lace Weaver” , the drama is set among a mush-mash of facts, and the dialogue and romance, immature, a first draft.
Also: nupps are knitted not sewn! And lead is used as a melt in fortune telling; you would have great difficulty melting tin!
I am particularly disturbed when I read reviews by readers who have been duped, unaware of the historical and cultural errors. It desperately needs an authoritative re-write.
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