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The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
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Jan 08, 2009

it was ok
Read in January, 2009

I was disappointed in this book. A great (and true) story of kindness, courage, and hope in the most horrific of times, The Zookeeper's Wife is the story of the family that ran the Warsaw Zoo during the time of the German occupation of Poland. After all the animals were killed or transplanted to other zoos, Antonina, her husband Jan, and son Rys, helped aid and shelter Jews who would certainly have been killed in concentration camps without their assistance. While the story is great, the problem with the book is with the storytelling. Way too much research information is passed along (beetles??), too much digression from the story so that the author can explain something, and a style of writing that really takes time and effort to get used to.
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