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A memorable tale,
This review is from: Into No Man's Land: A Historical Memoir (Paperback)I'm fourteen years old, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a story about the time before me.
I just finished reading "Into No Man's Land" and just...wow. That was a shockingly powerful book. I started off hesitantly, but then the book began taking form and shaping into more of a story. I enjoy stories as opposed to simple fact-based records, because stories integrate emotions, which are the main thing that snares me into a book. I loved the vivid imagery and sharp detail. Irene covered everything, from the clothing to the smells. I particularly enjoyed the format, where it was as if she was actually telling her daughter a story in a conversation. It was a unique way of telling the story. And I felt as though I was there. I felt the claustrophobia and panic and fear along with Irene. At one point while reading the book, I touched my face and ears, which were warm from the intensity of the emotions being spurred in me. My heartbeat was rapid. I couldn't put down the book--yesterday I was reading it late into the night by the light of my lamp, silently turning the pages so that my mom wouldn't hear.
To be perfectly honest, I relished this book. Irene Miller is a terrific storyteller. Her words are branded into my head; I will remember her story forever.