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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