The Butterfly and the Violin is a weaving of past and present. It is the story of both Adele and Vladmir and Sera and William, all four searching God’s truth amid various states of ruined lives. Can God’s beauty and majesty be found even in the most horrible of circumstances? How about in futile situations? Cambron’s tale shows us how Adele survived Auschwitz and how Sera could survive the death of her father and the betrayal of abandonment. Though Adele’s story is much more difficult to read, the faith of each character must hold each until the end.
The light feeling of the first few chapters did not prepare me for the depth of emotion I would feel by the middle of this tale and certainly not what I would experience by the end. I knew the story was about WWII but you learn so much about the character that each time Adele goes through a new scene, you want to stop for the pain, but you can’t. You simply have to know how it ends, what happens. Not even
does she make it, because of course she doesn’t ever fully make it, but is this another Anne Frank where we are left with emptiness or would this story have something beyond the pain and cruelty of the WWII death camps?
This novel is extremely well written and though I enjoyed the historical portions more, both sections read beautifully.