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Bright Candles: A Novel of the Danish Resistance Hardcover – March, 1974

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; [1st ed.] edition (March 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060204613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060204617
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An enthralling story possesing all the important componants of a good novel, danger, love, adventure, and the best part is, it actully happened. Well, not really, the caractures are fictional but the plot is not. It's the story of a young man living in Denmark during world war II and the German occupation. He, like almost all of the youth in the country, becomes part of the "resistance". The resistance is responcible for doing almost everything possible to irratate, or in some cases kill, the Germans. They were responcible for everything from illegal newspapers to factory bombings. The hero must face death of friends and the terrible feeling that he is responcible for his fathers fate. Nathaniel Benchley has obvioulsy spent a great deal of time on reserch, as this book is almost a resource for information on World War II. The amundance of historical facts may lose the intrest of some but will greatly increase the enjoyment for others. Related books for younger readers are "Code name Chris," and "lisas war," by Carol Mathas and "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry
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I read this book shortly after it was published. I was in 5th grade, and it was a fairly hard read for a ten year old with dyslexia. To this day there is a passage from this book that I quote. It also opened my violent, inner-city world up to the works of John Steinbeck. This is one of the finest novels for children I have ever read. I am extremely happy to find that you could buy it on Amazon. This story is about a 16 year old boy in Copenhagen living through the Nazi occupation, eventually joining up with the Danish Resistance. I learned a lot from this book. My grandfather was a B-24 pilot in the 15th USAAC in Italy. All I knew about WWII up to that time had been stories and photos of his, and of course, Hogan's Heroes. This book let me see the war through the eyes of a boy and allowed me to see how he actively participated in resisting the German occupation forces. It is violent, but not gory or graphic at all. It is realistic and in places very sad. I purchased this copy as a 49 year old man. I read it again. It was still an excellent story, well told, well written, still very interesting. If you ignore the age of the main character it is a fine novel for anyone, male, female, child or adult. Highly recommended.
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I have a profound respect for the Danish people of this period, especially King Christian X who set the tone for the whole country to follow. This was a heroic country, through their defiance of the Germans & collaborators and their smuggling of nearly the entire Jewish population to Sweden.
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