Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Turn the page ... Tuesday

In April I only managed to squeak out one book. Thank goodness it was a good one. Actually, that's not true. I've started several (a parenting book and a local history book) that are informative but not a sit down and consume yourself with type books - know what I mean? Any who, on with the review -
I picked up The Zoo Keepers Wife at one of my local haunts that has a plethora of used books. The description caught my attention and away it went with me to the check out counter ... only to sit on my shelf for a few months. I'm glad I finally pulled it down.

Jan Zabinski, the director of the Warsaw Zoo and his wife, Antonina have a way with animals like few do. They understand their calls, their smells, their way of doing things. This proved to be a valuable instinct during the occupation of Poland during WWII. What applies to animals applies to humans as well. The Zabinski's desire to save their remaining animals (after the zoo was bombed) and their love for their beloved country and people (regardless of religious - or lack there of - faith) lends itself to a story of outstanding wit, insight, and down right grit.

If you like true tales of survival, determination to retain some semblance of a normal life despite the circumstances, and witness of the best of human nature shining through during one of our worlds darkest hours then this book is for you.


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7 comments:

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Usually WWII books scare me -- I really don't like the darkness. But I do love animals, so maybe I'll get brave and read it!

I'm finding it harder and harder to sit down and read now that the days are warmer and the evenings are longer. My garden is calling me.

(I put my posting out on my blog). Have a great Tuesday!

Adrienne said...

Jodi - there definitly is a dark side to this book - no way to avoid it. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry at times. What was fascinating to me is how they lived with all these animals - before and during the occupation. I'm an animal lover but I don't think that much (like having them eat off your dining room table!).

Stacey's Treasures said...

This sounds like my kind of book!!!
(My post is up.)

Paige said...

I've been thinking about reading that book - glad to know that you liked it. Happy TTPT to you, and my post is up!

Paula said...

I will be picking this one up for sure! My husbands heritage is Polish and I really like novels with history in them. Sounds good~

My post is up.

Debi said...

I agree with Jodi... but this sounds like the perfect book for my sister! Thanks for the suggestion!
(My TTPT is up!)

luci said...

Tuesday comes round sooo fast, especially after a holiday Monday over here. I am putting up my TTPT on my blog and about to enjoy looking at other great reads. thanks x