War Diaries, 1939-1945

War Diaries, 1939-1945


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ISBN-13: 9780300234565
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 281,821
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) was a Swedish writer best known for her Pippi Longstocking series. Her books have been translated into 97 languages and have sold approximately 150,000,000 copies worldwide.


An excerpt from War Diaries, 1939–1945:

21 May
Today was Karin’s sixth birthday. Today the Germans reached the English
Channel. And today summer arrived, wonderful and painfully lovely to take in,
with all one’s senses. It really smelt like summer today, the air full of scents and
the pale green of the leaves on the trees looking fabulous.
For the first time in Karin’s life, her father wasn’t at home on her birthday. All
leave was cancelled from Saturday evening, though Sture got a special
dispensation to stay at home until Sunday afternoon, when he went off into the
spring rain. He hasn’t spent a night at home since, and will be sleeping in a tent
for the next fortnight. That’s to say, the rest of his company will; being Sture, he’s
arranged to have a roof over his head.
All leave has been cancelled nationwide, and the reason is said to be that the
Germans have demanded to be allowed to march through Sweden and the
German navy has steamed up through the straits at Öresund. All military
personnel the police found on the streets or at places of entertainment on
Saturday evening were sent direct to their camps.
God grant that the world will look different by Karin’s next birthday!

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War Diaries, 1939-1945 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BooksforKatie More than 1 year ago
A unique perspective of World War II. Astrid Lindgren kept diaries of her perspective of the war while at home in Sweden, with her own personal thoughts/ feelings and newspaper clippings. Sweden did its best to stay neutral during the war, but even they had to deal with rationing and preparing for evacuation if war did strike, even if it meant being looked down on by neighboring countries. Lindgren's views are very personal and draws the reader to feel what she is feeling while she is writing or the clippings placed in the journal. I received a digitial ARC from Yale University Press and NetGalley for an honest review. I feel that not having the full clippings and excepts from censor letters, only having slight description, led to not getting the full feeling of what Astrid was trying to portray, but for an ARC it was amazing! I am also fairly sure that when making the diaries, she was not thinking about having them published.