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The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
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Jan 08, 09

bookshelves: book-group-reads, non-fiction
Recommended to Becky by: Annette Johansson
Read in January, 2009, read count: 1

Read this book!! It is more than just a story about a zoo, it is a commentary and history of life in Warsaw, from said zoo to the ghetto,in a decade of war. The author writes just as unobtrusively of the underground movement of Jews from the ghetto as the process had to be carried out in the bombed out Warsaw Zoo. "The Żabińskis’ home was Noah's Ark," an Israeli newspaper reported twenty years after the war, "with so many people and animals hidden there." Those hidden at the zoo and in the villa (the Żabińskis’ home on the zoo grounds) were referred to as "guests," both human and animal, and only two of the humans processed by the underground movement in Warsaw did not outlast the war. Such a depressing and sad story should have been a burden to read but the author's love of the subject matter drew me in and I was encouraged and uplifted.

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Becky So far - I want to be a zookeeper. I love Antonina's relationship with the animals. However, the war has started, Warsaw is underseige and the zoo animals are set free. To be continued....

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