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The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill
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Dec 17, 12

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Read in October, 2009

The movie based on this book is surprisingly accurate, I must say. Sure it skews the timeline, simplifies the characters and gives the Americans the glory they, unfortunately, were denied, but still, it's quite good.

Oh, the review of this book. In just over two hundred pages, Brickhill manages to tell both an engaging, quick paced tale of escape and to also linger for a decent bit on the people who moved the tale forward, on the ways they planned and schemed, how they made compasses and forged passes, how they tailored clothes and set up the escape hatches. He nails the agony of waiting and the excitement of escape as well as the depression of getting caught.

I'll admit the book is far from perfect and the prose is often perfunctory, but the pace is dead on and the story remains both reverent and faithful with minimal authorial intrusions. This book I highly, highly recommend.

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Virginia Ann Korleski I read it before I watched the movie


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