Barbara Masin’s gripping account of five boys who dare to challenge a murderous totalitarian dictatorship shows that committed individuals can prevail, even. Barbara Masin is the author of Gauntlet ( avg rating, 17 ratings, 3 reviews, published ) and Odkaz ( avg rating, 6 ratings, 0 reviews, publis. Masin, Barbara “As she was growing up, Barbara Masin heard parts of this story. Odkaz: pravdivý příběh bratři Mašinů by Barbara Masin(Book).

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Get to Know Us. When challenged the group started shooting, killing one policeman and injuring two others.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The narrator clearly defines them: It was the culmination and grand finale of their anti-Communist resistance activities, going in the footsteps of their legendary father and their families – and that it where the “gauntlet” comes into play.

Barbara Masin (Author of Gauntlet)

The narration starts in the middle of a story with three men hiding underneath a pile of branches. So in her book she also looks into why her grandfather who fought the Nazi dictatorship is universally recognised as a hero while his sons’ fight against another totalitarian dictatorship is a subject of controversy. Refresh and try again. And inspire they did.

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Their mission was to deliver an explosive secret message from a Czechoslovak general to U. Basil Blackwell, Oxford Kenny Shovel added it Jan 01, Well written, well documented, and highly recommended! Dusan Maisn rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Also he failed to see the political reasons for the vast number of troops involved in the manhunt.

Their most important feature is that they bagbara the adversaries armed enforcers of the Communist regime. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The characters are also defined by their actions. Mar 05, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Josef Masin, the fatherwas a soldier, hero of both world wars, member of Czechoslovak Legions in WWI, which fought their way across Russia and Siberia to the Pacific Ocean and was a member of the underground resistance against the Nazis.

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Justin added it Jul 28, The realism of the story is chilling and makes it next to impossible to put the book down. The borderline between the flat and round characters is, of course, not always very sharp and characters are defined by their tendency to lean towards one pole or the other. I was surprised by the title, as I had previously read the older, differently named, version of the manuscript supplied to me by the author.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The actions of the eponymous heroes, especially those regarded as most controversial e. Jerome marked it as to-read Jan 08, This is non-fiction that reads like fiction. So there was a chance for the five to reach their destination without being discovered, especially because their names and their activities were not yet known to the East German police.

The internal part of the narrative is also a general history of Czechoslovakia and the history of the region is incorporated into the story.

Nevertheless, this narratological examination can well serve as a basis for exploration of contemporary Czech official ideology. This is a major work of nonfiction that should garner numerous accolades and barbarz well be the foundation of a blockbuster film. Several times the police were called because of rumours that someone had seen the Czechs.


This textual device has, of course, implications for the meaning of the narrative. Later he moved to the U.

The fugitives made another mistake taking a train which they thought would bring them closer to Berlin. Barbara Masin, a resident of Santa Barbara, Mawin, is the daughter of Joseph Masin, one of the five young men featured in this book.

Since it was becoming increasingly difficult to conduct actions, the brothers decided to go West.

On 3 Octoberfive young men, armed with four pistols, crossed the border from Czechoslovakia into East Germany. The story has a distinct beginning and end. The narrator outlines their basic physical and mental descriptions. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison He couldn’t tell me why that was so. It serves as a fine introduction for those unfamiliar with the history of that sad part of the world.

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When he was finished, he motioned his head toward his cabinet. Their actions were used to justify tight control over the society and brutal treatment of any opponents. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? On 3 Octoberfive young men armed with four pistols crossed the border from Czechoslovakia into East Germany.

Daniel marked it as to-read Dec 30, Which barbaraa bad at all, considering where we came from and what most of us have been through. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. His sons, Ctirad b.