Monday, September 9, 2013

Hardship, Hope and Survival; A tale to be told

The Night I Danced with Rommel by Elisabeth Marrion
4 out of 5 stars
Hardship, Hope and Survival; A tale to be told 

9 Sep 2013, Reviewed by K. Meador


Children wearing gas masks, concentration camps near towns without German resident's knowledge, hunger and poverty running rapid and the constant fear of bombs and the uncertainty of tomorrow are the underlying connotations of this story. The struggle to survive, the power to love and the despair of grief involve all the characters in this book.

With much of WWII stories that I have read focused on either the actual war events or the concentration camps, it was a fresh perspective to read this account of history from the perspective of a single young woman and then later, as a married woman with young children. Sacrifices were made and the struggle to know the real truth from the propaganda German residents were bombarded with when communication was limited to radio, limited telephone and mail that would take months to reach the recipient, if it ever did.

This is a book that is deftly woven around this woman and her family. Beginning with her parents, siblings and her dreams and then continuing with her husband, friends, and children.

It is a story worth telling and is told well. The reason for the four stars is the errors in grammar and punctuation towards the end of the book. If those mistakes were not there I would give this book a five star rating.

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