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Whilst the first part was absorbing and gave a fascinating insight into the effects of propaganda on young boys in the Hitler Youth, the second half takes a dark sinister turn that makes for uncomfortable and quite frankly disturbing reading.
I’m not sure when I’ll get to see Taika Waititi’s take in the more satirical pleasing JoJo Rabbit, but the trailer seems like he’s taken all the best elements of the first part and enhanced it...
Leunens certainly sets the ...more
The story reads slow and steady but don't get me wrong, it is a very strong and powerful slow burn. You will feel all of it.
The protagonists, Johannes and Elsa, are thrown together unexpectedly into a dependent type relationship. Johannes and Elsa's "relationship" is an enigma to the ...more
It started off okay, then it got pretty good. At a mid-way point however, after the parents are no longer involved in a larger part of the story, it really started to suck. From there it quickly got worse. The closer it neared the end the more I started doing things like skipping paragraphs, or jumping to find the next bit of dialogue & skipping other text. Then I'd skip a page or 2 before starting in again. If I hadn't...more
This book is not for me.
And maybe it's not for you, either, unless you crave sentences that are about as tasty as burned oatmeal.
That said, if you happen to be one of those pesky readers who is sensitive to misplaced modifiers, then reading this novel will be less like eating burned oatmeal, and more eating old eggshells.
The WWII backdrop is present enough to provide an environment of angst and oppression yet remains all the same ...more
My take is that this is almost two books. The first two-thirds of the book are filled with intriguing, page-turning plots and interesting characters. The last third, however, is a bit strange, and that's when the book begins to wander and drag rather heavily.
The themes of truth/lies, imprisonment/freedom, and all the ways in which the human mind adapts to extreme circumstances are ...more
When I saw this was to be made into a movie, i expected a lot from it but unfortunately is disappointed.
The first 1/4 was really interesting, learning more about the Hitler youth, more about the ideologies and what that did to the family. However, from then on I felt it really dragged and ...more
So, this is the book that JoJo Rabbit is based on, and though the seeds of that script are in here, but that script and movie are definitely the product of the mind of Taika Watiti and the film is so much better for it.
Johannes in the book is just an awful, awful person. The war ends about halfway through ...more
This is a VERY dark comedy, with a narrator that isn't so much unreliable as delusional but you know he is delusional because you're not a Nazi.
This review/rating probably isn't fair since I was hoping for a ...more
The dramatic possibilities are endless: a young boy gets caught up in the "exciting" brownshirt culture of 1930s Austria as the rise of Hitler promises the citizens greatness, military success, and ethnic purity for their superior race. The young man's parents, by contrast, are not at all sympathetic to the Nazi agenda, and this causes severe tensions in the house. Then Johannes discovers his ...more
The date finished is really the date I gave up. Life is too short to force yourself to read a book that doesn't deserve it.
I was bored in the beginning, stayed bored in the middle and as I neared the end the boring was getting so bad that I had to stop.
The book wasn't that bad in the beginning when the parents were alive. Reading about the struggle of the boy not knowing who was hiding in the house, what was going ...more
That premise juxtaposes a young boy in Austria at the start of the Second World War who is an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth, with parents that are quietly resisting the war to the extent that they conceal a Jewish ...more
Leunens has a really developed sense of writing. She's good at delivering emotion and tone, even when you don't really want to be feeling the things you're feeling. For example, that you feel bad for a devoted member of the Hitler Youth, and that you continue to feel bad even as he's supporting the Reich and as he's continuing to ...more
This was a quick read and I was able to binge it over two days. The first half is a thought-provoking historical fiction set in Austria during WW2. Johannes parents don’t agree with him joining the Hitler Youth but with the current state of politics in their country their hands are tied. This made for some interesting and sometimes tense discussions at home. I don’t often mark up books but there were conversations that Johannes has with his father that I knew I was going to want to remember ...more
In the book, Jo is around 17 when things really start to happen and he's a douche, as you might expect from someone who has ...more
maybe it’s just because i saw the movie before even knowing it had a book version but i did not like this. the timeline of the movie ended barely halfway through the book and after that i just....didn’t care where the story went, all i wanted was to finish it. i think the movie succeeds at telling a much more powerful story on so many levels.
also the book doesn’t have taika waititi, so. there’s that.