The End of Innocence - Historical Book Review | Author Jan Moran
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The End of Innocence - Historical Book Review

q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=149260383X&Format= SL250 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=fabulofragra 20ir?t=fabulofragra 20&l=as2&o=1&a=149260383XHow often can we say that read a great book today? One that made us think and feel, that made us a better person — perhaps more tolerant, more forgiving — for having read it? The End of Innocence is such a saga, a powerful historical saga that opens on the eve of World War I at Harvard University in 1914.

The writing flows like finely aged wine, passages conjure a tumultuous past, and the story maintains taut tension. At the heart of the book is a love story, however, deep questions about reconciliation among people and nations are also addressed, lifting this novel into thought-provoking realms.

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The End of Innocence blooms with the promise of first love between Helen and Wils, who are students at Radcliffe College and Harvard University, respectively. Warring political factions soon demand the return and sacrifice of young lives on frozen battlefields.

Author Allegra Jordan — a graduate of Harvard Business School — breathes life into Harvard Yard of a hundred years ago. The disparities between women and men, as well as shifting political climes, are expertly rendered in an era-appropriate manner.

Then, as now, families, friends, and couples are torn asunder when nations declare war. In today's world of increased communication and travel, never has this been more true.

Jordan's inspiration occurred during a visit to Harvard's Memorial Church when she saw an odd little Latin plaque honoring German students of Harvard who fought in World War I under the Kaiser. This was a controversial honor, even though these students fought before the United States entered the war.

Jordan's comments at the end of the book are particularly insightful; be sure not to miss these, especially a quote from Peter J. Gomes, which reads, in part:

Go out there, then, with courage, grace, and imagination. …so go for it, for God's sake, and for your own.

The End of Innocence is a historical masterpiece of love, honor, and reconciliation during World War I, and an expertly crafted Ivy League novel. Five stars for superb literary storytelling. 

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