It has been a long time since a book gave me such a warm feeling. I must admit that when I bought it (because of its colorful, joyful cover) I expected yet another book about the not so pleasant aspects of living in Romania. Well, I was very very wrong.
Who are The Innocents?
The book is written in the first person, from the point of view of a young girl, Ana, who shares a house in historic Brasov with her brother, two cousins, her parents, her aunt and uncle, her grandparents and her great uncle and aunt.
The four cousins are inseparable and the whole family manages to live in harmony, old and young. Their childhood reminded me of my own, throwing me back in a place in time when I had no worries and when everything was a new adventure.
The author sublimely integrates the past and the present, happy memories with horrors of the two World Wars and the demise of the city during the communist era. Throughout the book, I found out a lot of things I didn’t know about Brasov, and that made me love the city even more. The author managed to make a character out of the little town between the mountains, and a very good one at that.
I recommend this book with all my heart. It is perfect for when you are feeling low, it is perfect for a rainy day, it is perfect for any other moment in your life. I have to say that the only thing I regret is not reading it sooner.