- File Size: 3211 KB
- Print Length: 261 pages
- Publisher: Yellow Wheel Publishing LTD; 2 edition (June 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LD8207E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a Ukrainian leader recently said "Even fairy tales withstanding, a bear is best confined to a zoo."
Title 23 Days A Memoir of 1939
Author: Antoni ‘Joe’ Podolski
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 31
‘What a fascinatng story. I loved every second of it. To be honest, the design and layout is a little poor but, forgetting that, it was totally unputdownable!’ Male reader,aged 54
‘It seems to me that Joe was a pretty amazing fellow. And what a life he had! I spotted at the end of the story he even rescued a drowning boy and saved a policeman from a gang of hooligans.’ Male reader, aged 45
‘A most enjoyable autobiography. Joe aptly shows us the path he travelled from Osha to the Arctic Urals, to Finland and to England. It was, thankfully, a very different time, and what he witnessed is astonishing. I would thoroughly recommend this story to anybody interested in the 1930s and events before WW2. It is often shocking: executions, starvation, brutal interrogations but it was written in such a way not to shock, but to inform. I wish I’d met him.’ Female reader, aged 51
‘What a fantastic character Antoni ‘Joe’ Podolski was. When they hung him, dislocating his elbows and shoulders, he still battled on. Well written; a fascinating look at the horrors of war and a reminder to us all of how ruthless the Russians were, and can still be.’ Male reader, aged 29
Writing Style 9/10
Of the 32 readers:
32 would read another book by this author who has now, sadly, passed away.
18 felt, if packaged correctly i.e. stronger cover and better designed inners, this book might sell very well.
9 felt the writing style was the best part of the book.
8 felt the ‘honesty’ of the author was the best part of the story.
‘A fascinating look into the world of a very brave man. Highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
My issue with "23 Days" is that the odds of things happening, as described, defy calculation. Once I started reading from the perspective of this being a Quentin Tarantino screen play, it all came together. It would make an incredible funny, violent "historical" epic motion picture. It's a great book that I had a hard time putting down, but I think it's a mistake to call it "non fiction." (Every time a Russian calls someone (or something) an SOB, picture the Seinfeld episode where George is hanging out with the executives from the Astros, and you'll see what I mean.)