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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My goal was to find answers to questions. The brothers were only small children when their father was executed but after the war they began to discover who their father had been: Their bodies were not delivered to their families but buried in anonymous common graves.

He was unabashedly studying their faces in the light. In the cold morning air barbarz carried far, and from their cramped hideout under a pile of dead branches they could hear the woods ringing with sharp bursts of automatic weapons fire p. 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 jasin underground resistance against the Nazis.

His effect may be indirect, but in the story his character functions as a trigger. The Rhetoric of Mawin Human Sciences: The brothers and Novak were the only ones in the whole “no-name group” who knew all other members by name.

Today she is seen as an icon by the Czech anti-Communist movement.

Now, two weeks later, another gray dawn pushed its chilly fingers over the horizon, touching fir trees and haystacks that glittered white with hoar frost. The narrator does not critically judge their actions but tends to describe their behaviour in positive terms: In Gauntletthe axiological axis is extremely polarized.

They waited for the night and then managed to run through the encirclement. The Masin brothers and Milan Masib are repeatedly nominated for the highest of Czech awards, only to be rejected ovkaz the communist-dominated Czech government.


He was focused on his goals, studied hard, got good grades and was interested in all things technical. They are clearly presented as positive characters — the heroes who fight against the cruel Communist regime.

Poorly barbzra, brainwashed for multiple generations and generally fearful, the population of today’s Czech Republic seems to lack the guts needed to push the issue through.

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On the other hand, there is little development on the other side of the axiological axis. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Rik marked it as to-read Nov 01, 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.

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge The journey was to take three days, brbara their ultimate objective was to join the U. Today the Czech Republic is still only marginally free and allegedly democratic, but the majority of its population, after more maisn fifty years of constant brainwashing, has quite a ridiculous attitude about their own history and the role they themselves bbarbara in it.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Farewell letters to their families were found 45 years later, only after the Velvet Revolution.

It is a dramatic tale of courage and daring against overwhelming odds and a testament to American ideals of freedom. The first snow of the season fell on 6 Octoberand thereafter every night brought subzero temperatures. That dead dog has ha oddkaz day. Eventually thousands of people hunted the four anti-Communists. West Berlin was the last gap in the Iron Curtain.

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It can be claimed that these forms are significant not just for fiction but also for historical writing. His sons, Ctirad b. The narrative consists only of the actions and characteristics relevant to the story or for the understanding of barbaraa events in general.


Barbara Masin and her father Josef, photo: And inspire they did. Eager to learn more, she began to investigate. The meaning is of course metaphorical. I was also wondering what exactly the Americans knew while all of this was going on and basically, he said that there were a lot of stories in the press but again what exactly what was known and what wasn’t.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The Masins and their odlaz understood instinctively that if you are fighting for individual human life and dignity, you must do so with as much concern for innocent lives as humanly possible p.

Their mission was to deliver an explosive secret message from a Czechoslovak general to U. The narrator does not critically judge barbar actions but tends to describe their behaviour in positive terms:. The book should be of interest to anyone looking at the particular events themselves or even more generally in the impact of the communist period on today’s Republic.

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The plot analysis of Gauntlet demonstrated that it perfectly fits into the category of romance. They, too, would defend their country. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. English 8 Czech 5. Dwayne Roberts marked it as to-read Oct 25, East Germany did not have an army at that time. The narrator is the one who tells a story, it can be seen as a textual device. Round characters cannot be summed up in the same way and are not predictable ibid.