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The Puppet Boy Of Warsaw

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THE PUPPET BOY OF WARSAW is the story of Mika, a Jewish boy who inherits a coat from his grandfather and discovers a puppet in one of its many secret pockets. He becomes a puppeteer in the Warsaw ghetto, but when his talent is discovered, Mika is forced to entertain the occupying German troops instead of his countrymen.

It is also the story of Max, a German soldier statione
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson (first published 2012)
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Bookworm Sean
“So, whenever you see an ordinary coat, think about what may linger in its folds, what memories might be hidden in its pockets. It might whisper to you at night. There are many more stories sewn into its sleeves and many treasures harboured in its seams.

This book was almost excellent. The story itself is fantastic, but the problem is that the second half of the book was completely lacking the excellence of the first. It was like the second half of the story wasn’t finalised completely, and sti
Mar 17, 2013 Diannah rated it it was ok
The World War II story is narrated by an elderly Jewish man, Mika, recalling his time in the Warsaw ghetto. Mika meets Max, a German soldier, and gives Max his favourite puppet the 'Prince', binding the men, forever. Max narrates the second part of the novel describing his journey to and escaping a Siberian gulag. The puppets bear witness to the hardships Mika and Max endure and bring joy and entertainment to their harsh realities. The third part of the novel has Max's grand-daughter, and her ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Wow . This book is powerful. So much more than another holocaust book it chronicles lives both during and afterwards linked to the puppets.
Its a very sad story but wonderfully told and so well written.
Its a book about human tragedy but with moments of wonder and kindness.
Highly recommended
Jul 24, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
One of the best books chronicling the horrors of WW2 that I have ever read. The dialogue is a little stilted and doesn't flow great at times, especially towards the end of the book. Wonderful characters. This book will make you smile and cry, it will really make you feel. One of the things I appreciated most was that it showed that many Nazi soldiers were just men, eaten up by the machine is war. No fingers are pointed here, this is just war and what it does to people. Have yet to see Russians ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
My love of WW2 is greatly known, so when an ARC came into work and the magic key words were spoken my friend nabbed it and put it aside for me. And what a tale it was! Holed up in Warsaw ghetto, a young Jewish lad with an incredible talent for puppetry and an old coat capable of holding a great many secrets tell a wondrous tale of courage, determination and above all, hope. It really gets down into the nitty gritty of living in such conditions with little to no access to food, hygiene, ...more
Karen McMillan
Apr 07, 2013 Karen McMillan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is a beautifully written book that is deeply moving. Set against the very real and difficult period of World War II at it’s very worst –the creation of the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, through the deportations and to the bitter uprising of the last remaining Jews – it follows the story of Mika, a teenager who finds solace from the troubles in the puppets his grandfather left him along with a coat of many pockets. He becomes known as ‘The Puppet Boy’, bringing smiles to the children in the ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book, it is a very gripping story, the sort you can't put down until the end is reached! Although the book does depict events of the holocaust, it is a more a story of human determination, courage and bravery. The book is mainly based around the life of one person, there are some sad moments, but it is also very thought provoking.
Although the times depicted in the book are awful, I liked the way that the book showed how the people made the best of what they had an
Apr 12, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What to say of this book. It is so beautiful and so powerful. Every word, every character is so right and it feels so very real. It has every single emotion possible and the timing is perfect. I was happy when they were happy and I felt chills when they were grieving. For me to have have goosebumps or teary eyes while reading is rare and shows just how good this book is.

Even better is that it must have taken great courage to write since the author herself is German and yet she made no excuses fo
Feb 08, 2014 Carey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a powerful book that conjures such images of the horror but also the resilience of the human spirit. The two halves of the book gave great insight to both sides of the fence. It allows you to scrape the surface of the deep scars that the war left on people. I loved the magic the puppets provided and how they managed to weave the tale together. Whilst a work of fiction it salutes many of the true heroes of the war who did what they could to protect the vulnerable, smuggle children or fight i
Jul 30, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this book but felt however the second part felt slightly rushed and didnt have the same intensity as the first when the book was actually in the warsaw ghetto
Jul 17, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
I wasn't too sure about being given this book to read as I knew it would contain horrors of the 2nd World War, mistreatment of the Jews, Poles etc from a personal perspective.

However the wonders of "the coat" and the puppets drew me in to appreciate the rest of that ghastly picture. The strength of the human soul under extreme hardship, family ties, how something small can become SO meaningful, what really matters in life!

And there's more - an individual German soldier and the dreadful times he
prachtig en aangrijpend verhaal !!! heel mooi verteld...met een zeer gevoelige toets... het verhaal van zowel Mika als Max is heel indrukwekkend, een vleugje realiteit en historie dat ons weer doet nadenken
Jan 27, 2014 MFC rated it really liked it
Can't say too much ahead of book club - kept my interest - part one was excellent unfortunately the authour got tired for part two and was thinking of the movie version for part III.
Liezel Luneburg
Oct 16, 2014 Liezel Luneburg rated it it was amazing
The Puppet Boy of Warsaw by Eva Weaver

For various reasons, World War II novels do not count among my favourites. Maybe it’s because of the often graphic content, the haunting cries of human pain and suffering and the disquieting realisation that something just as horrible is constantly on the verge of happening. The Reader, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Pianist and Sophie’s Choice are examples of disturbing Holocaust novels.

Now and again a truly inspiring WWII story appears in print. The B
Apr 29, 2015 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Ich bin durch das tolle Cover auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden – ich finde es sehr atmosphärisch und es passt richtig gut zur Geschichte. Und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht – ganz im Gegenteil – meine Erwartungen wurden übertroffen.

Es ist die Lebensgeschichte eines jüdischen Mannes, der in seiner Kindheit das Leid und die Angst, den Hunger und die Not in einem Warschauer Ghetto miterleben musste, der aber das Puppenspiel beherrschte und damit anderen Menschen – ob jung oder alt – Hoffnung geschenkt
Trev Hill
Dec 26, 2013 Trev Hill rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Having translated work by a puppeteer who performed during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising (not the one portrayed in this book, the Ghetto Uprising) the story was more than plausible. Being a puppeteer myself, a lot of the aspects about puppetry also rang true.

The first part of the book is by far the best part, not sparing the reader some of the harder details of the Ghetto (summary executions, starvation, disease etc). However,the second part, while less detailed, is necessarily red
Mar 05, 2013 Nigel rated it really liked it
Literally just finished it. A moving story of Jews in Warsaw in the war and a boy who finds his grandfathers puppets and plays with them. I loved the first part of the book which is Mika (the puppet boy) story. The second part didn't quite grab me the same way though was good (with echoes of Between Shades of Gray in). The blurb suggests that if you liked The Book Thief this would appeal and I think that is true. For me it doesn't quite have the power that Book Thief has but it is a good read.
Dec 30, 2013 Joaquín rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gente atraída por todo lo relaccionado en la Segunda Guerra Mundial
Novela muy entretenida, en la cual es difícil parar una vez has avanzado un poco, encontraremos momentos de mucha dureza y emotividad, el mayor "pero" que le encuentro es que la historia esta poco un "edulcorada"


Una de las cosas que más interesante me ha parecido es tener la visión de la parte alemana, y sobre todo el momento "post", el momento de vacío y el encontrarse atormentado... igualmente me ha resultado interesante como se refleja la vergüenza sobre lo sucedido en el pueblo a
Feb 26, 2014 Minette rated it really liked it
A fascinating and original holocaust story but told from a different angle. It's the story of Mika a teenage boy who is caught up in the Warsaw ghetto. He finds his own way to survive the horror of the ghetto. He uses puppets to keep up not only his spirits but also the spirits of those around him. It is also about his relationship with Max a German soldier who discovers him with puppets and makes him perform for the Germans. The Puppet boy of Warsaw is a beautifully written book set against the ...more
Veronique Wilbrink
Dec 24, 2013 Veronique Wilbrink rated it really liked it
Ik vond het een erg goed boek. Eenmaal erin begonnen eigenlijk continue verder gelezen. Mooi ook de verschillende invalshoeken die gekozen zijn. Ik vond het ook erg mooi dat Max ook zijn verhaal vertelde en de menselijke kant van de Duitse soldaat dus ook beschreven word.

Een boek om zeker te lezen en niet aan voorbij te gaan.
Barbara Kinsky
Dec 23, 2014 Barbara Kinsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii-holocaust
This book deserves more than the maximum 5 stars! Written by the author in such a heart warming way, it could possibly be one of my favourite books for 2014 that I have read! It also shows that even some Nazi's had a heart and also depicts how one little boy can change the lives of so many! Highly recommended!
Feb 01, 2014 Juliantamayo rated it it was amazing
Excelente libro, vale la pena leeerlo de principio a fin, te envuelve en sus ideas sobre el holocausto y la visiòn desde dos mundos diferentes Mika y Max
Chris Elshout
Aug 07, 2014 Chris Elshout rated it really liked it
Prachtig geschreven - een echt verhaal!
Margarita Gautier
May 25, 2013 Margarita Gautier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-estrellas
Precioso. Una historia maravillosa, conmovedora..., me ha encantado.
Feb 10, 2016 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Kamala ja ihana <3 4,5-5 en osaa päättää
Ruth Ross
Feb 19, 2014 Ruth Ross rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this deeply moving story, it was so well written - very thought provoking.
Jan 07, 2014 Mirjam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Vond dit een heel erg mooi boek. Het verhaal wordt vanuit verschillende hoeken verteld.
Apr 10, 2016 Corinna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich möchte euch heute gerne von Mika erzählen. Mika heißt eigentlich Mikahel Hernsteyn. Er ist Jude und lebte 1938 mit seinem Großvater Jakob Hernsteyn und seiner Mutter Halina in Warschau. Er ist gerade zwölf Jahre alt, als sein Großvater sich einen schwarzen Mantel schneidern lässt. Sie führen ein zufriedenes Leben, die drei. Doch dann kommen die Deutschen. Die Wehrmacht marschiert ein und sie nehmen Polen in Besitz. Gebannt lauschen wir Mika, der die Geschichte seinem 13-jährigem Enkel Daniel ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Sarina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Zum Buchinhalt

Warschau 1939. Mika liebt seinen Großvater Jakob sehr. Gemeinsam lebt die Familie im Ghetto. Als Jakob stirbt, erbt Mika dessen geheimnisvollen Mantel und entdeckt darin eine Puppe. Jakob hatte sie gebastelt, ebenso wie das Krokodil, den König, den Narren. Mitten in einem Alltag bestimmt von Angst, Hunger und Tod, erfindet Mika neue Puppen. Der Prinz wird sein Liebling, und bald ist Mika im ganzen Ghetto für seine Puppenspiele bekannt. Trotz aller Gefahren spielt Mika immer wieder
Jan 06, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Dieses Buch ist definitiv eins, dass einem zu Herzen geht. Man kann es nicht lesen, ohne sofort vom Inhalt und den Charakteren gefesselt zu sein.
Jacobs Mantel ist ein Roman, der in drei Teilen aufgeteilt ist: Mikas Geschichte, Geschichte des Prinzen und die Rückkehr.

Den größten Teil des Romans nimmt Mikas Geschichte ein und erzählt die (Lebens-) Geschichte von Mika zur Zeit der NS-Zeit (erzählt von Mika selbst an seinen Enkel Daniel im Jahr 2009). Mika ist Jude wird mit seiner Mutter und seinem
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