I think this book is a great commentary on what children went through during and after this awful time in world history. The writing is excellent with a completely different style. The story is described using many conversations without explanations. It is also a compilation of several characters and how it all comes together. This all gives a glimpse of the German "guilt," which still lingers today.
I liked how the author was able to take me through the war, prior, during, and after, by using more of a prose style rather than the traditional read. At some points it lacks substance, but I could get through those points by being involved in the mindset of the characters and what they went through. It is not the style that I would read with enthusiasm many times, but the subject is so fascinating to me that it kept me going.
After reading this book, I was reminded once again of that horrible war and how so many innocent people suffered indescribable atrocities. Reading this book also reminded me of how guilt can take over a society for generations even when those who feel the guilt had nothing to do with the reason for the guilt.
I would not recommend this book to everyone. Anyone who wants a fast moving story with intrigue and mystery would not be a good candidate to read this. Some feel it would be a good read for high school age students.
I always have more than one book going at a time. I am also currently reading How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins. I read many books on climbing, especially those that concern Mt. Everest. For spiritual enrichment and inspiration, I read books by Dr. David Jeremiah, not only because he is my brother, but because of the practical application to the scriptures. I also enjoy reading books by Charles Swindoll. For fun, I have read most of the books by David. Baldacci.
Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah is an adjunct professor here at Hope who was been working here for the last year and a half. She works for the College of Business Management as the Program Developer for the Sport Management concentration.
The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert, Vintage Canada, 2002.
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