I understand why one reviewer would say it's geared toward teenagers except for the mothers perspective and depth of loss would be too much for a younger person to relate to. It took a bit to get into, but the author takes her time to develop the intricacies and inner turmoils of the relationships with the characters so once the true drama begins you are so familiar with them that it was worth going thru.
I grabbed this one as a last second deal, and glad I did. The fact that it's a true story made it worthwhile. Just to get the perspective of an educated Jewish woman during the war was eyeopening, especially for a non-Jew.
It was a decent book, not much depth really. I would not really recommend it.
I was a it apprehensive about this book because it was a war story, and I thought it was a novel, I had no idea going into it (or until half way through) that it was a true story! It seemed so factual that I had to google Zamperini to see if it was true. This story is so amazing, showing the true strength of the human soul - that I couldn't get it out of my head. This would make an amazing movie.
This was a good story about marriage and motherhood, especially for us neurotic women - gave me something to relate to. The story was very good but some of the bits became rambling, but they helped to define the idiosyncrasies of the characters so they we worth getting thought most times.
I was son enraptured with this story i constantly found myself daydreaming about the circus and looking forward to getting in may car every chance I could to listen. And I was sad when it was over, I wanted it to go on forever. The story was unique and intense and the narrator for young Jacob was amazing and made it riveting. He did the characters such justice that the actors for the upcoming film have big shoes to fill (especially Robert Pattinson, I don't have much faith that he can pull it off).
This story is an emotional roller coaster and extremely well executed with the multiple narrators. I found my self crying, laughing or gasping thorough most of the story. I just wish there was more of a "where are they now" final chapter.
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