This book gives the reader a wonderful window into insular Japan and their relationship with foreigners inhabiting the Dutch Trade mission at Nagasaki. It is a story of love, hesitation, loss, and courage seen through the eyes of a young Dutch clerk and a Japanese midwife as their lives intermingle.
Jakob De Zoet was my favorite character as I share both his Dutch ancestry and red hair. Jakob was a man of great principle and integrity who exhibited unexpected courage when most men would have fled. His thirst for knowledge and understanding of the Japanese Culture, and his abiding love for the Mysterious Miss Origato, made him a character with whom I could identify.
The death scene in the Magistrates rooms.
It was perhaps a little long for a single sitting.
A wonderful and informative historical novel.
My experience of this riveting story of the insidious rise of Nazi power, was made more enjoyable by the fact that the wife of the American Ambassador to Germany, Martha JohnsDodd of Amherst Virginia was a relative of mine. This story is an account of an American family, stationed in Berlin in 1933-34, and their gradual realization of the horror that was unfolding around them.
In The Garden Of Beasts is comparable to William L Shirer's Berlin Diary. Erik Larson's writing style is reminiscent of both Shirer and of Christopher Isherwood in his own Berlin Diaries.
This book is well researched and historically accurate; but instead of being a dry recitation of places and dates, the author artfully weaves the personalities of the various characters against the backdrop of an enlightened Berlin rapidly falling into bottomless darkness. William Dodd Sr. was my favorite character. His transformation from a bookish professor, fondly remembering the Germany of his collage days, to the realist, but ineffectual, diplomat gradually opening his eyes to the abyss that is Nazi Germany in 1934.
Prelude to the Holocaust.
This book is chilling, particularly in the light of the current right wing voices in our country.
I would say that it ranks in the top 5 audiobooks that I have listened to over the years. The book is well written and the narration by Ed Sala is pitch perfect.
The story allowed a glimpse at the humanity present in even the most dispicable of men. I even allowed for a bit of compassion for a monster, with few if any redeeming qualities.
I like the fire and intelligence of Mary. Her love for Huck and her ambition for him to better himself, redeems Huck from repeating the life and sins of the father, Pap Finn.
Perhaps the most memorable charactor was, the dried up old husk
of the Widow Douglas. She is coniving and self important, and yet at the same time being torn between convention and compassion
when it come right down to it.
The richness of the English language is amply evident in this wonderful retelling of Shakespeare's tale. The authors add flesh and historical context to the charactors of this sparce charactor study set in the wild highlands of Scotland, bringing a new vitality to
I especially enjoyed the depiction of the 3 weird sisters. They were brought to life with such vivid imagery, that I will not soon forget them; or their vile splendor.
The narration is the best that I have heard and only adds to the earthy richness of the book. The scottish burr in the narrator's voice brings a delightful resonance to the prose being read.
Macbeth in the flesh. Peter Jackson directs.
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