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Book Review of The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
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Helpful Score: 12


I fully expected to love this book. I am a big reader of Holocaust literature (I am the daughter of a survivor)and this was well-reviewed and highly recommended by others. But I didn't, and I'm not sure why. The author's writing is gorgeous; her descriptions of colors, smells, shapes are almost erotic in their intensity. Her tales of animals are astounding. BUT---I was a bit bored. Perhaps it was the emphasis on the minutiae of day-to-day life under hideous conditions. I did finish it, but nearly put it down towards the end. I feel guilty as I write this!