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This has to be one of my favorite books in a long time. The perfect blend of writing, audio production and narration made for an excellent audible experience. I don't know how I missed reading this until now--it has been around since 2009. I'm chalking it up to a terribly inaccurate audible editor review. Specifically, saying that the book is about Hitler invading Poland in the 1950s and that it is a fairy tale is misleading. No, I correct that--it is in my opinion absolutely idiotic. If you know any history (or if you can google) you know that Germany invaded Poland in September of 1939 AND that Hitler committed suicide in April of 1945. It most definitely would be pure fantasy and require lots of magic for him to have risen from the grave and invaded Poland in the 1950s. I mean really????
In truth the book is not a fairy tale, not a fantasy and not about magic. Instead, Pasulka has written a delicately powerful beauty. The focus is on love, family, struggle and the contrast and connections between the old world and the new post war and occupation world. It's about finding your way, bridging both worlds and living out the meaning of life. It is simply fantastic.
The set up of alternating chapters between Old Poland (the grandparents) and New Poland (the granddaughter) took some time to understand and settle into. Once I understood the format, the storytelling took over and I was captivated. The Old Poland chapters were read in a clear non-accented voice--a wonderful choice. The chapters about New Poland (1989) were narrated in a heavily accented voice and sprinkled with Polish words. I resorted to looking up some frequent words just so I could understand what was happening. Campbell did a superb job of making me feel I had traveled to Poland, didn't speak the language and had to work to understand the people. By the end of the book I really felt I knew the characters--a good part of that was due to Campbell's excellent narration.
Not to be missed. I loved every minute.
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This book gets 5 stars on Amazon.com and very high marks here...so I knew nothing about the book, so I thought I'd give it a listen...and I am SO glad I did. This is a WONDERFUL story and I can't imagine anyone not liking it. It's probably not for girls under 16 due to a scary rape scene, but other than that, it's pretty violence free, quite funny and I devoured it.
When I realized it was coming to the end I actually started the book over and waited to read the final 2 chapters fresh after reading the book a second time. It made the end...which is somewhat bittersweet...a LOT sweeter since I had just read this magical little book twice and was TWICE as eager to hear the last 2 chapters. I was NOT disappointed. I was gladdened... Such a wonderful book. I just didn't want it to end.
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