Anna and the Swallow Man
L’Anna només té set anys quan els soldats alemanys s’emporten el seu pare durant la purga que fan a Polònia. Es queda sola i coneix l’home ocell, un home misteriós i màgic que l’ajuda a escapar de l’horror de la guerra. Una història emocionant, amb uns personatges que et traspassaran la pell... Una novel·la que no podràs oblidar.
Gavriel Savit’s literary debut is one of those rare, gorgeous little gems that leave you completely in awe of the author’s talent. Savit is incredibly skillful with words, a true artist fully aware of the importance of every single sentence. Each one is a small work of art, poetic and beautiful in its simplicity.
The best thing about Anna and the Swallow Man is that it’s told entirely from a child’s perspective, a world seen through a seven-year-old’s eyes. It is a bleak, desperate world; th ...more
Anna and the Swallow Man retells a story we've heard a million times; one that needs to continue to be told, and it makes you feel like you're hearing it for the first time. You feel the sadness and anger and confusion that our young protagonist feels, seeing t ...more
I'm not sure what to make of this thing. I'm mostly pretty impressed, but my emotions run the gamut from WOW! to WHAT THE?!? Ultimately it left me bewildered, but it's the kind of bafflement that keeps replaying in my head, begging me to figure out what I just read. I guess I need to ask a kid. After all, the first Library of Congress categorization for Anna and the Swallow Man reads: 1. Poland---History---Occupation, 1939-1945---Juvenile Fiction
Okay, yeah, sure,. It's just a Poland-ce ...more
I'm still SO confused about this novel. But I don't really care enough about it to go sleuthing around on the interwebs.
I would say don't waste your money on this perplexing piece of literature, but there is a small chance that Gavriel Savit is a mastermind and I'm just too much of a dumbass to understand what was going on.
Do with that what you will. ...more
‘There is no labyrinth as treacherous as that with neither paths nor walls.’
When seven-year-old Anna is placed in the company of a neighbor while her father attends to some business, she never thought that would be the last she would see of him. The year is 1939 during the very beginning of World War II and the Germans are beginning their round up of scholars and Anna’s father is a professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Unsure what to do, Anna turns to a mysterious stranger ...more
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but I absolutely adore middle grade novels so when I heard about Anna and the Swallow Man, I knew I was going to have a lot of feels and would probably need a lot of tissues. The book; however, turned out to be not exactly what I expected. When I read the blurb, I thought that Anna and the Swallow Man would be right in the middle of the war instead of spending their time skirting its edges. Don’t ...more
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after anna's father doesn't return to her, the seven year old girl meets a strange man who can speak in every language that she knows (with the addition of one), knows pretty much everything about everything, and doesn't have much of an identity but goes by the "Swallow Man"
it follows them as the Swallow Man takes it upon himself to protect ann ...more
There are only three characters for most of the book; who they are and my best guess at who they are on a “meta” level is as follows: Anna, a seven-year-old girl when we first meet her, personifies both innocence and later innocence destroyed; The Swallow Man, a Werner Heisenberg-like character who, I think, represents the uneasy balance between knowledge (especially, technological a ...more
*I'm rerating a lot of the books I read in the past to fit my current taste. Most of the time it's downrating books that I thought I really liked at the time but there are a few exceptions. :) And it'd be too much to try to reflect these changes on my blog, so the ratings will remain as the original ones on Xingsings.
4.5 Stars, Completed December 31, 2015
“I need a SparkNotes interpretation of this” was the first thought that popped into my head when I finished page 232. ...more
This is definitely an important book, worth a read, whether you like it or not.
After finishing this book, I really couldn't quite describe my thoughts on it, hence the three stars.
It was a mixture of confusion and sadness.
But, looking back upon it now, I think it's safe to say that my feelings towards it have stabilized enough to write an adequate review. ...more
Did I expect this to b ...more
This is an exemplary story about the horrors of war.
That was weird and confusing and probably some complex allegory I'm not deep enough to understand, but I didn't like it.
Anna is an orphan during WWII. She runs loose on the streets because she doesn't know what else to do, but then she sees a man. She doesn't even know his real name, but she follows him anyway. And so they march across Poland, surprisingly without a whole lot of trouble, and that's not even half of it. It gets disturbing. Very disturbing. This 'Swallow Man' character is seen re ...more
“I see my life come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released”
--Bob Dylan (1967)
“Anna and the Swallow Man moved through the trees, silent, side by side, away from the place where they had met Reb Hirschl the Jew, walking just as they always had. Only for Anna it was nothing like it had been before.
There were many things Anna was unsure of. She didn’t ...more
I still have a lot of questions after read ...more
More to come, for now....
Purchase links: Set to release January 26, 2016 Grab a copy!! <3
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Hardcover Product info from Amazon:
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Lexile Measure: 1160 (What's this?)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 26, 2016)
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It's time to write a review of Anna and the Swallow Man (swallow as in the kind of bird) and this isn't going to be easy. For one thing, I didn't like the book and it makes me a little nervous to say so publicly, especially when there are many things the writer does very well. And also because I don't fully grasp all the reasons I found the book to be troubling and dissatisfying. Hopefully as I write this, these things w ...more
I don't know how to review this book. I still don't know if any of it is real. Anna and the Swallow Man is a magical, striking tale about a man and a girl who live on the outskirts of war. Their pilgrimage takes them across thousands of miles, as they meet interesting characters and dodge dangerous ones. The writing is superb; it’s lyrical, enchanting, and oftentimes mesmerizing. This story is a spell of magic, every page filled with great meaning ...more
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