- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (September 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393333060
- ISBN-13: 978-0393333060
- ASIN: 039333306X
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,912 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Reprint Edition
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“It is no stretch to say that this is the book Ackerman was meant to write.”
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- Jared Diamond
About the Author
Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
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Yes, at times Ackerman indulges in excessive scene-setting, eulogizing linden trees, for instance. Or she'll go off on a pages-long explanatory tangent - which, despite my impatient nature, nearly always proved fascinating. But all-in-all, I'd have to rank The Zookeeper's Wife right up there with Leon Uris' Mila 18 for a story that will haunt you forever.
Will post an updated review once I am done, but unless Amazon adds a 6th star to the rating, I can assure you, you won't want to put it down either!
HIGHLY, DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!
This book was amazing.......I learned so much about what Warsaw Poland had to deal with during WW2......it is unbelievable how they accomplished all they did and how many were saved because of this underground network....and this family's willingness to help....they must have all been terrorized fearing what could happen if they were caught....the people and their helpers were an amazing group of people.....I kept trying to picture our (US) having to go through something like this......it's horrifying.....
the parts about the actual zoo and the animals and the ones they kept in their homes....was a nice touch to add some pleasure among so much heartache........and what they did to those poor animals.....well, between the people and the animals......I cried many times....I had to shut the book sometimes.....because I was so sad....
It is on my list as one of my favorite books I have read.....
now to the movie.....I think it is always better to read the book first......you learn so much...that being said.....no movie has ever been as good as the book....because they just couldn't make a two hour movie and get everything in the movie.....the movie, however, was very disappointing......I think they could have done a much better job....if you don't want to be disappointed, I'd read the book and forget about the movie....the book is amazing and so well written.....
if you only see the movie, you will be missing out on the entire experience that the book avails you.....you will not really have learned anything about this chapter in WW2.....
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