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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Sandi, I just marked to follow this discussion so I'm less likely to miss your review.

I'm curious about what you will think. This one made my favorites shelf; I just loved it. Read it twice, on my own and also because of a Goodreads' group and then finally my real world book club. I hope that you enjoy it.

When it was first published in Australia it was published as an adult novel. When it was republished in the U.S. they marketed it to young adults and it's considered a ya book here.


message 2: by Sandi (new)

Sandi I know it's marketed as YA, but I wouldn't consider it as such based on what I've read so far. I think it's really interesting reading about a German girl growing up during the Third Reich. We always get the Holocaust stories about the Jews, but this is a rare glimpse at what life was like in Germany during the war. Having just read Blackout and All Clear, I'm looking forward to this perspective.


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Sandi, I felt exactly the same way. Adult book. And it was fascinating to see WWII through the eyes of some non-Jewish non-Nazi Germans.


message 4: by Sandi (new)

Sandi I finished it this afternoon. It had me crying.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Sandi wrote: "I finished it this afternoon. It had me crying."

Me too, when I read it.


message 6: by Rose (唐玫) (new)

Rose (唐玫) Have you seen the movie? It premiered here about a week ago, I think I'm going to check it out. I hope it does justice to the book...


message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Rose, I saw the movie some weeks ago. The book is better but the movie is pretty good. Excellent acting and cinematography. They changed some things, of course, but stuck to a lot of what's in the book, though a lot was left out. True of all movies, I think. I think it's worth seeing, but I always try to read the book(s) again after I see movies so the book(s), and not the movie(s), are what stays in my mind.


message 8: by Sandi (new)

Sandi I haven't seen the movie yet. I'm afraid to.


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Sandi, I almost didn't see it. When I really love a book I find it's sometimes best to skip the movie and keep my book impressions pristine.


message 10: by Rose (唐玫) (new)

Rose (唐玫) I tend to be disappointed by book adaptations, but I can't stay away. I guess I love movies too much. I usually reread the book beforehand. Come to think of it, that doesn't make much sense - makes it easier to pick on the movie. Yet somehow, once I've seen the movie, I have no patience to go through an entire book again. Reading the book first makes it exciting to imagine how they might visualize it. Even if I end up disagreeing most of the time :) I think I'll probably go, I love historical movies and everyone I've asked says the movie is decent/good enough on its own.


message 11: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Rose, I think the movie is good. They did a fairly good job. I'm really glad I read the book first though, twice (three times?), and I might read it again someday.


message 12: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan But I don't think it's special like the book is.


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