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The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
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May 11, 08

bookshelves: 2008, historical-fiction, holocaust, prize-winners
Read in May, 2008

huh. i can't decide how i really liked this. there's so much controversy, sometimes, over setting a story during the holocaust . . . this was a different take on things.

emma marries jacob, a young political dissident, and less than a year later, the nazis invade poland and jacob is on the run as part of the krakow resistance. emma is forced to "pass" as a gentile in order to survive - to the point where she works for the highest ranking officer in the region, and becomes "anna".

i found the scenes where she had to go to church more interesting than most. i liked the secondary characters a lot - especially krysie and alek and marta. the scene with emma's father broke my heart.

i could have done without the whole kommandant relationship thing - i didn't think it was necessary, and thought it made the story even more over-wrought than needed. but it brought interesting consequences.

i don't really get why this was labeled adult fiction, while The Book Thief is YA. i actually found this book more simplistic, easy to understand, and in a way, pandering to the reader.

interesting, but not a must-read, and kind of a disappointment. i think the real problem was that the author tried to deal with too many emotions and plot points in not enough space.
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