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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Reaching the goodness within

I wholly endorse the five star reviews already printed here. I find the most memorable aspects of the book are the instances in which Antonina was able to reach the goodness within apparently evil people through her calm communications. Although the descriptions at th...
I wholly endorse the five star reviews already printed here. I find the most memorable aspects of the book are the instances in which Antonina was able to reach the goodness within apparently evil people through her calm communications. Although the descriptions at the beginning seemed lengthy, the book was hard to put down as it drew to the climax of the Polish uprising.

posted by Anonymous on December 6, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Vague

It's a shame that this book misses the mark. The story of Jan and Antonnia deserves to be told by someone who can do it justice. The author can't even decide the narrative point of view, she never commits to it as either a novel or a documentary account, switching view ...
It's a shame that this book misses the mark. The story of Jan and Antonnia deserves to be told by someone who can do it justice. The author can't even decide the narrative point of view, she never commits to it as either a novel or a documentary account, switching view points and adding obscure parenthetical references that are odd distractions. The run-on sentences are very hard to follow. Time and location shifts are vague and confusing too. I heard about this book through an interview with the author on Public Radio, but the interview was 10,000 times more entertaining than the book itself.

posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    Vague

    It's a shame that this book misses the mark. The story of Jan and Antonnia deserves to be told by someone who can do it justice. The author can't even decide the narrative point of view, she never commits to it as either a novel or a documentary account, switching view points and adding obscure parenthetical references that are odd distractions. The run-on sentences are very hard to follow. Time and location shifts are vague and confusing too. I heard about this book through an interview with the author on Public Radio, but the interview was 10,000 times more entertaining than the book itself.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Great story, poor writing.

    I absolutely love reading anything set in this time period and love that the story is fact based. The book serves as a good reminder of the heroics that took place under extrordinary circumstances. The problem was the writing. The author can describe things beautifully as long as it is pleasent. I thought there were times when the UNpleasent details needed to be fleshed out further. Also, at times the story would FINALLY be moving along nicely and the author would go off on a tanget about some inconsequential detail that added nothing to the story and quite frankly she just got annoying. I would reccomend googling the family from the story to learn about them because the family's actions really were incredible but i would pass on the book. There are plenty of other WONDERFUL war-time stories out there. Cheers!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

    Disappointing

    I read this book through a book club and couldn't even get through the whole thing. It's not a book I would have chosen to read on my own but I was interested when I heard the storyline. However, the style of writing makes it difficult to read (run-ons, jumping back and forth, very little character description, etc). I never really "bonded" with the characters because the author jumps between narrative and documentary style writing. It should have been written as a ficitional story based on real life events to include more dialoge. There was also too much talk of animal killings and very little explanation of what was going on with the Jewish people in the zoo.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Couldn't Finnsh

    I think the author suffers from ADD. I struggled through the first 130 pages and gave up. Another review said something about rabbit trails...... that's an understatement!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    yeah - not so much

    I didn't get more then about 100 'pages' into this book before I gave up. I found it to be slow and kinda dull. I was hoping for a story, but what I got was a losely pulled together story built on notes/diaries. I felt it was just saying exactly what the diaries said, with little umph added. I think it could have been written in a more story-like fashion, but as it was I didn't find it very compelling and it really didn't keep my attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    I couldn't believe this book. Where ever the meat was, I couldn't find it. Poorly written, so flowery it was not even eloquent. I don't think the author had in mind the authenticity of the events, only in her mind she created what she thought was a lovely book with a devestating core. People don't always need to read something special, flowery, or pretend, to exercise their imaginations, or brain. Most people prefer some factual and authentic information to asses on their own the values and the perfuntions they would like to make about society, history, and how they should feel about their lives.

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