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Dark Hours based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The story is told in Gisel's point of view and it's an interesting one. She tells you how her life was when the war was going good for Germany and then how it started turning against them, you can feel her bitterness towards the war. Actually, you can feel it towards everybody in this book as now since the tide has turned, frequent visits to the air raid shelters are all over Germany, and talk against Hitler and the German government is also starting to rise. The idea of leaving all that she loved behind and having to take care of all her siblings (all younger than her) just enhances her bitterness towards the war. However throughout the book I admire Gisel's strength and courage when they were stuck beneath the rubble waiting to be rescued. She does get impatient several times as any other older sibling would do when they're stuck with their younger ones (Gisel especially gets annoyed with Lotte who's a spoiled brat). I think it adds realism to her character and rounds her out very well. I think her courage stemmed off from her brother Erwin who is a few years younger but acts very mature and helps Gisel when needed. I liked him as he provided the extra strength she needed to keep being positive and to survive. The other part is the solder who is also stuck underneath the rubble but is able to communicate to them with a pipe (he was on the other side of the wall). He provides Gisel with advice and also advises her to make as much noise as possible in the hopes of being heard and rescued quickly. What I liked most about the book is Gisel's ability to pull everybody together and to maintain a positive outlook while in times of duress. For someone who has barely just turned sixteen, she ages and matures quickly and you can actually hear her voice growing "older". There is no real plot in this book which may be a deterrent to some readers. The majority of the book takes place underneath the rubble and all you really read are Gisel's thoughts. It may or may not draw readers in, so perhaps I would only recommend this book for World War II buffs. Otherwise, for those who aren't, it certainly is worth a try. It's a little over 200 pages so it should be a breeze for the majority of readers out there. Overall an interesting account of someone who is on "the other side" of war. Albeit, with no real plot it's certainly worth a look see.
Dark Hours, written by Gudran Pausewang and translated by John Brownjohn, proves to be an enticing adventure full of historical background of the horrors Germany faced during WWII. If you are looking to learn more about German culture during the 1940's, Dark Hours entails the adventure of one German girl learning to mature as well as survive in her darkest moments-surely to satisfy one's need for historical fiction. The intense and rapid novel offers one viewpoint of a family's wartime lifestyle, and how the horrors of war extended far beyond the lives of soldiers. We find the story of 15 year-old Gisel, who finds herself separated from her mother and grandmother in a Russian air-strike. Forced to leave behind many of her family's possessions in a train station, Gisel takes her three brothers to a safety shelter-where they soon meet an abandoned girl whom they take care of as well. Upon the bombing, Gisel finds herself and the four children locked in the bathroom of the shelter. There, for two days, Gisel works to keep her family alive-taking upon more responsibility than ever expected. Questioned whether food will be properly rationed, whether water will be available, whether they will ever see their mother or grandmother again-worries constantly on Gisel's mind as she is trapped in the bathroom. The tale of Dark Hours teaches of the hardships families faced during WWII, as well as the enticing story of one 15 year-old forced to take responsibility for her family. While the novel may not be as fast-paced as hoped-it surely provides an interesting story for readers of all ages. Growing up during the war-Pausewang provides in-depth details about life before and after German strikes. Nominated for numerous German writing awards as well as the leading teens author in Germany, Gudran Pausewang writes another 4-star novel about life during World War II.