I learned that Chris Bohjalian does not need to stick to just Vermont books.
I have to say that I was a little nervous. I love Chris Bohjalian because...moreI learned that Chris Bohjalian does not need to stick to just Vermont books.
I have to say that I was a little nervous. I love Chris Bohjalian because he writes about Vermont. He understands Vermonters. If you are not from Vermont and you think that it is a tiny little state and do not understand the type of people who live there, then you should read one of his other books, like Water Witches. It captures what it is like to be from small town Vermont. That being said I was a little apprehensive about reading a book that was not set in Vermont. I am a history teacher and writing a book about the Holocaust can be daunting. It is hard to capture what the War was about and what the Holocaust was like without the book being overwhelmingly gory and graphic and still keeping the readers attention. Bohjalian captures the live, love, fear, and hate that all tie together the people of the Holocaust. When this book was over I felt alive, love, fear, and anger. The anger was at the book ending and that it was over. Of course there were some things I would change and other things I wished had been covered, but that is with every book and every movie. There is no media that has every met my liking in every single aspect. Call me a tough critic if you want but it is true. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find hope in something evil...
As you can see I am not a writer. However, I am an avid reader and I would place this book in my top ten.(less)
**spoiler alert** So I never write reviews but this book is one in a million. Stephen King wrote a review for the back cover. That is the reason I dec...more**spoiler alert** So I never write reviews but this book is one in a million. Stephen King wrote a review for the back cover. That is the reason I decided to read it. He wrote that life is to short to read a book more then once, but that he would read this book again. With that said, I have to say that I love reading books more then once but this is one of those books that makes you feel empty once you stop reading because there is no more. You go into mourning when you are finished.
I was not expecting a book reviewed by Stephen King to be so emotional with no blood and guts involved. So I have discovered an amazing book and that Stephen King is a big softy :)
David Wroblewski is an amazing author. He catches life by the hand and tosses it back into the readers imagination. It is more then just words on a page, it is a life. Actually it is many lives. You read from the main characters point of view for most of the book, a mute boy, but you also get to understand the people around him and what they do and think and say. His best friend, who happens to be a dog, his mother, his father, and his uncle. There is death in the book that connects the reader to the book even more. You truly understand mourning for a loved one. For me it helped put mourning into words, into understanding.
This book will take all of your time away so pick it up when you have a free day or two, or don't mind staying up to keep reading. Also be prepared for a day of mourning after you finish the book. You have to come to the conclusion that it is over and that you must get back to your life. Although Edgar's was much more interesting.