The Minefield Of Memories

The Minefield Of Memories

by Karina Wetherbee, Alf Tieze


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ISBN-13: 9781418414085
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 04/12/2004
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

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The Minefield of Memories: a memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SavageJV More than 1 year ago
Well told with graphic detail. A good read, particularly the later chapters where the story moves along nicely. Should be read by anyone who likes history and in particular, the upheaval caused by war. The book carries an universal message of perseverance and hope in time of the greatest of adversities. It speaks of great challenges and courage in spite of the fickleness of fate. It challenges us to appreciate life and the striving for peace.
9146 More than 1 year ago
The main character in this book was my college professor in Colorado and also my ski coach. This is his life spoken entirely for the first time. After you finish this book your life will change forever. You will also be proud to be a American and proud of the US Army. All Alfie had were the clothes on his back and HOPE.
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MountainChione More than 1 year ago
There have been numerous novels focusing on heroes of the human spirit, particularly those enveloped in the horrors of Hitler's reign. In her decision to record true events of her Father's childhood in Sudetenland during World War II, Karina Wetherbee set a daunting task for herself. Her vision needed to differ from other stories. And those who read this explosive novel will witness Wetherbee's success. Minefield of Memories is told through the eyes of a child, Alf Tieze, who was strewn into the perils of war in which no child should have to encounter. A haunting adventure that leads to the realities of lost innocence, Wetherbee's mesmerizing novel packs a punch that will not be forgotten by her readers. As Alfie and his best friend are left behind as the Russian troops overtake his home town, we are sent on a hypnotic adventure mixed with a style similar to Steven King's novel The Body, (later adapted into the movie, Stand by Me). With unexpected depth and complexity to the central character, Wetherbee has an uncanny ability to bring out our own vulnerabilities and experience Alfie Tieze's palpable emotions, fear, hunger, thirst and desperation as if we were children ourselves. The Minefield of Memories presents ghastly images of horrors which I had never imagined (or quite frankly witnessed) in previous novels or movies about WWII, particularly through the eyes of a young child. Many of the minor characters in this novel provide the most lasting and powerful images. There are also radiant, delightful scenes in this transcendent work that make me want to jump into the pages and be a part of the innocence, joy of play, the love of family and the ironic humor of just plain dumb luck. This captivating true story of her father's resilient childhood brings us a page turning adventure through the never ending brilliant fluidity of the playground of the natural world (which seems to be a character in it's own right) leading to the resilience of the human capacity for survival. Wetherbee's true story of her father's struggles as a child, thrust out on his own to fend for himself and survive this horrendous time in history, brought forth a gripping tale of human nature in it's most vulnerable, raw form: hatred, greed, fear, sorrow, loss, anger, and most important-strength, determination, and what, in the end, holds us all together-- the healing spirit of love.