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The Listener by David  Lester
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Mar 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novel, historical-fiction, general-fiction
Read from March 13 to April 15, 2011

This is an amazing book. I loved both the pictures and the text, but was most impressed with how the stories were interwoven.

The book tells two stories in one. Hitler's rise to power is described to the main character - a sculptor named Louise - by a couple she meets while touring Europe. Louise is in Europe dealing with guilt she feels after a protester fell to his death outside her apartment. The spin doctoring which Hitler performed in the early 1930's on his way to becoming Germany's chancellor is an important reminder for those looking to learn from history - especially given the current political environment.

I loved the ending of this book! Louise's next sculpture based upon her own feelings and the history she learned is wonderful. This book has as much to say about the role of art for individuals and for society as a whole, as it does about the historical past.

I think this would make a very interesting book for discussion groups.
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