I've had this book as long as I can remember. My mother bought for me a child and I've just read it now as a twenty one year old, due to the fact I haI've had this book as long as I can remember. My mother bought for me a child and I've just read it now as a twenty one year old, due to the fact I have a friend who was born and grew up in Sarajevo before arriving in Australia after the war finally was over. She say's she can't really remember what happened as she was so young, but I got a some what glimpse from reading this book how it would of been like for her and most notably her parents who are Muslim.
Though, it is not as amazing as the likes of Anne Frank's infamous diary of the Holocaust, it was still non the less a good read that every person in a comfortable life style such as myself should read to see how even getting bread is a miserable task, while I can simply just walk down to the local shop with out worrying about if I'm going to be gunned down.
As I kept reading, I could almost sense as if Zlata matures (which one would in a war situation) her first few entries are simple things that I have in my early diaries as an eleven year old, her entries soon (of course) become war related and concerns for her family and those around her.
Such an adorable little book! I know the basics of his holiness The Dalai Lama's life already but I bought this while at a Tibet festival at the BrisbSuch an adorable little book! I know the basics of his holiness The Dalai Lama's life already but I bought this while at a Tibet festival at the Brisbane Power House, as I love books in general and graphic novels (or, a manga, in this case) are easy to understand for younger readers. (like my future children perhaps)
Most of the story had the basis of the Martin Scorsese movie and a few other sources and I just read it on this lazy Sunday afternoon. Nice way to spend an afternoon I say. Cute little book, I liked it :)...more
Read this for university in rather quick haste, like most of my uni text's that's required for me to read. Will re-read again one day at a relaxationRead this for university in rather quick haste, like most of my uni text's that's required for me to read. Will re-read again one day at a relaxation paste. ...more
I didn't know much about Anna Leonowens, except the movie and musical of Anna and The King or The King and I, the lateExcellent, excellent, excellent!
I didn't know much about Anna Leonowens, except the movie and musical of Anna and The King or The King and I, the later being written by someone else. The former being based off of Anna's memoirs during her time in the Siam court, a book which I have read some time ago now and at the time thinking it was totally non fiction. Wow, was I wrong.
Anna was born and grew up in India and was a quarter Indian on her mothers side, unlike the portrait she painted about her self of how she was an English lady born in England who later on went to India along with the many other stories she told people. At first I didn't understand why she would do this, but now that I think of it, Victorian society is unforgiving and Anna lying about her past and up bringing would seem a better image for her self and children.
Most of the book is about her time in the Siamese court, which is of course, the time the reader would like to know about the most. I'm Thai myself and of course, took Thai history in school, but I learned so much more about King Mongkut's court in this little book more than any other Thai source I ever read in school. Fascinating to me. It also of course shows the king being human who is treated with a God like status. (like the modern monarchy of Thailand today)
Anna was a woman truly ahead of her time, while Victorian woman stayed home, she ventured the world and got stuff done! a real inspiration to me and (hopefully) other woman out there.
I found it interesting that the author used "I" refering to herself in parts of the book. A big "no no" as my history lecturer says. But I liked it, it gave it more of a story feeling to it, even though it was non fiction.
If you want to know about the real governess of The King and I, this is the book to go to....more
A good book. Everyone always has their focus on the girl herself: Anne Frank, and it was nice to have a book on her father, Otto.
It was interesting toA good book. Everyone always has their focus on the girl herself: Anne Frank, and it was nice to have a book on her father, Otto.
It was interesting to know about Otto's early life and his sojourn in New York, his relationship with Anne and Margot's mother, Edith. His life after the Holocaust (who knew the man liked travel? now I do) and of course, the editing and publishing of the diary. The details about the man who betrayed the people in the Annex and so on so fourth.
It was informative, but it was also quite 'dry' in my option and I found myself going "sorry...what?" though, that was only towards the end of the book. The first 180 or so pages were interesting.
If you want a book beyond Anne Frank, this is the prefect choice....more
This has got to be the most exciting non-fiction book I have ever read!
The book itself only takes place during the sinking of the Titanic (which tookThis has got to be the most exciting non-fiction book I have ever read!
The book itself only takes place during the sinking of the Titanic (which took about 3 or so hours) and the rescue effort of the Carphatia to the Titanic's small amount of survivors.
While reading this I felt like I was on board getting in to a life boat or drowning in the water that 'felt like millions of knives' or even part of the crew, it was that exciting! and I got through it very fast.
I also felt that man kind will never again dare to claim that we can triumph over nature. The sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic made sure of that. Things happen for a reason.
I also enjoyed the fact of how disasters like this can bring out the best and worst in people, some fought like maniacs to survive, while some refused to leave and went down with the ship in a "gentlemanly" fashion. It reminded me a lot of the 2004 Tsunami disaster.
Excellent, excellent book! I highly recommended it, especially if your interested in the Titanic but its also just a good read in general, its easy to read and like I said: Very exciting and hard to put down!...more
This was quick brief read for me, I found a copy in my favorite second hand book store in Phuket town and I read it last night when I finished my otheThis was quick brief read for me, I found a copy in my favorite second hand book store in Phuket town and I read it last night when I finished my other book and couldn't go to sleep.
I was of course interested because of the title, I flipped through the pages in the book store and found that some of the stories were in fact historical, being a history fan I bought it straight away and read parts of it in the car on the way home.
Nice book, but mal-researched on the historical side, it was like reading the two authors pipe dreams in a way. On the more modern love stories it was fine, but hey its modern, not so hard to research. A quick trip to google.com and you've got your story.
Not a keeper, in fact its going to dance teacher who wants to read it tomorrow. Not a 'bad' book, but if you want the facts on the history side, I suggest you give this book an absolute miss and try something else that a historian wrote....more
Ironically, I was reading this book when the movie 'Australia' came to town.
This is a non fiction book, and it read like a non fiction book, and feltIronically, I was reading this book when the movie 'Australia' came to town.
This is a non fiction book, and it read like a non fiction book, and felt rather 'heavy' to read, as small as it was it took me longer then usual because of the Aboriginal language in it, if it wasn't for the glossary in the back, I might of just got 'lost'.
However, it was a very good and interesting story and like it says on the the cover 'one of the greatest escapes of all time' and I must agree it is, the human spirit is an incredible thing indeed. If your interested in the subject then this is a great read, but if not you won't miss this book.
Good book, hard to read a wee bit, but a good book....more
My mother had the edition of this book that was printed in Thailand and now out of print because it is banned due to all of the controversy of the stoMy mother had the edition of this book that was printed in Thailand and now out of print because it is banned due to all of the controversy of the story it self. (or just because the edition is 20 years old)
Well, I'm half Thai and open to the outside world (not saying that Thai people aren't open, I just happen to be more open in ways, thanks to my mom) and I must say I enjoyed this book very much indeed! just the historical facts or events that happened in the royal Thai court during the reign of King Rama IV interested me very much
So yes, rather your Thai or not or just interested in Thai history (its an epic one) you will enjoy this book, I recommend it....more
This is my second time around reading non-fiction by Lady Antonia Fraser, and I was not disappointed.
Once again, this was well researched and writtenThis is my second time around reading non-fiction by Lady Antonia Fraser, and I was not disappointed.
Once again, this was well researched and written, even though in some parts it felt 'heavy' yet, I felt as if though I was at Versailles in the Sun King's court. Surprisingly, it was not as political as I though it was going to be, it was pretty much based about the life of Louis XIV and the women in his life, from his mother to his daughters and favorite courtesans.
I did find that the last part of the book ('Winter') was a wee bit dull, but that was probably because the book was coming to an end, and I hate endings to a good book.
Excellent read, I highly recommend to those who are interested in this time of history....more
My second Book on MA ;P this time with more of Count Fersen throwen in, I though this book was going to be about the so called 'affair' they had, butMy second Book on MA ;P this time with more of Count Fersen throwen in, I though this book was going to be about the so called 'affair' they had, but it was about (well, what the name of the book is...) 'the fatal friendship' indeed it was fatal in the end. The author lets the reader decided if they did have an affair or not, personally, I'm still not sure since there is no in fact 'proof' of the whole incident. But affair or not it was still a really good read and its a MUST for history fans....more
EXCELLENT. I became interested in this after seeing the excellent movie of the same name, but couldn't find a copy of the book until now. (With thanksEXCELLENT. I became interested in this after seeing the excellent movie of the same name, but couldn't find a copy of the book until now. (With thanks to my mom ;)
In a way I was thankful that I saw the movie first, because I probably would have not been able to visualize his experiences and Warsaw during the second world war, even though the book is written quiet well and easy to imagine and visualize the places and events.
The story itself is so incredible and it feels as if its actually fiction and not non-fiction, it shows courage, strength and hope and it shows us how much the human heart can go through in such difficult circumstances and it makes me lucky to be born now.
I haven't read a book about the holocaust since Anne Franks diary (though both of these books, don't take place in concentration camps) with Anne Franks diary I in fact cried but with the ending of this book I felt hope and happy, I was however quiet sad about what happened to German officer (Wilm Hosenfeld) who saved Mr.Spilzman's life.
Great TRUE story, there's parts in it that seem like fiction, but its all true, as they say 'fact is stranger then fiction' and this book proves it very much so....more