This is a two part story, the first one, as the name of the book suggests, is the story of the Nazis trying to control people’s beliefs via literature, punishment and spectacles of burning books symbolizing “wrong” ideology. The second part is the painstaking cataloging of millions of books, returning what can be returned (through notes, plates and other identifying marks).
Posts Tagged ‘WWII’
The big twist in the book comes from the characters’ actions, not a major plot twist as in many novels
Alternative history stories telling about the Nazis taking over the world are not uncommon, the possibilities are obviously horrifying and the author does not shy away from this motif.
The lighthearted story of a bunch of rogues and misfits who did not fit in the regimented military, turns into a dark narrative as the book shifts into the European theatre and the end of World War II.
This is not an uplifting book, but it is a very interesting story and about a young boy, in his formative years living in the Warsaw Ghetto
A very ambitious and well researched novel which tries to understand how good people simply roll over and help commit atrocities
The novel explores the Holocaust from an original point of view and does not shy from addressing issues which are easy to gloss over
Mr. Wallenberg could not stand idly by watching one of the greatest crimes of the 20th Century taking place, and took it upon himself to provide Jews with Schutzpasses, documents which show that the bearer is a Swedish citizen and hence should not be transferred to a concentration camp.
This book should be read by anyone who is interested in military history or is aspiring to leading troops.
The Angles of Zin by Clifford Irving was a nice surprise when I read it. The book is well done and well written. The author doesn’t try to tackle on too much, but shows a slice of life and characters who tackle incredibly difficult moral dilemmas.