The Flight Portfolio
Based on a true story, utterly gripping and heartbreaking World War 2 historical fiction
by Julie Orringer
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Pub Date 11 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 11 Aug 2022
Little, Brown Book Group UK, Blackfriars
1940, France. In the middle of a devastating war, how many lives can you save?
Varian Fry, a young American journalist, arrives in Marseille armed only with three thousand dollars and a list of writers, thinkers and artists he hopes to rescue - so long as the Nazis don't get to them first.
With borders closing around him, Varian tries to track down those on his list; renowned artists like Marc Chagall, who cannot believe that he will ever be unsafe in the country he loves. He smuggles them over the Pyrenees mountains and across the sea hidden in boats, but every day hundreds of ordinary Jewish refugees beg him for help. Does Varian have the right to choose who to save?
At home in New York, making a list seemed hard, but in the middle of humanity's darkest hour, Varian must do all he can to help. And as the Nazis begin to get word of Varian's secret operation, he must dig deep and find the courage to rescue as many innocents as he can.
Even though his own life may be in terrible danger.
An incredibly compelling and heart-wrenching historical novel, inspired by a powerful true story, about the extraordinary courage and friendships forged during humanity's darkest hour. If you loved Schindler's List, All the Light We Cannot See or The Tattooist of Auschwitz, you'll adore The Flight Portfolio.
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Oh - it's FABULOUS!... The best historical novel I've read in a long time.' Goodreads Reviewer
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Couldn't put this down. Beautiful writing and a riveting plot make this book an absolute page-turner!' Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'I did not want this book to end... Riveting. I loved it.' Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'An outstanding book for anyone who likes historical fiction, a gripping story, lyrical writing, or all three. It is one of those books that you never want to end.' Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'I can't begin to believe that I will read another book this year that will even come close to reaching the heights of The Flight Portfolio.' Goodreads Reviewer
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I love historical fiction and this book was incredible it made me feel claustrophobic whilst reading it in the best way. It was well written with a compelling storyline and well developed characters that I loved. I was gripped right from the start and engaged the whole way through
Extremely interesting and informative about how Varian Fry managed to get more than a 1000 refugees out of France. Whether with legal or illegal means, Fry and his team showed an incredible resilience and courage (carelessness?) . Fry also has a huge secret, and one might wonder whether this pushed him so relentlessly to fight for other oppressed people. I found particularly thought provoking the fact that his job was to save artists, writers at the expense of others not as gifted: how is Fry going to deal with this! Are people to be given an economic value, that is, are some more valuable than others? Thought provoking indeed when taking Hitler's political position of those days in consideration... Highly recommended!
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