Monday, 27 August 2018
I think Lorelei King's talented narration made this book - not sure I would have appreciated it this much in the written format - and I know this is one of those stories that is going to stay with me for a long time. Tallgrass covers a dark WWII era in American history - a US portion of history I haven't read much about - our country had it's own WWII internment camps for German, Italian and Japanese civilians. This story is about a family that live and farm near a Japanese internment camp. I loved the character of the mum, dad, and, youngest daughter; and their interactions with the Japenese sent to their district.
This is NOT a lite, fluffy read, Dallas covers really gritty, hard topics: blatant racism, 3 accounts of rape, 2 murders - one of a young teen, spousal abuse. The interview with Dallas at the end gives the story another layer.
I handed this to my husband to listen to, and he's appreciating it also.
Synopsis : Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister’s job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin.
For others wanting to know extras before handing to your teen: No swearing, some kissing scenes mentioned - one with clothed petting - (not sensual, steamy or explicit), rape is referred to euphemistically, Margot's older sister is having an affair with a married man, details some of the horrors of the concentration camps, describes a 16-year-old German girl being branded on her face by the 'liberators'.
Extra: while the author/s detail the atrocities of a despotic, genocidal, regime it is done in a more sobering, factual tone without “glorifying” the very real horror or the gore of the events taking place. Beheadings, mass murders, the horrors of slavery, an account of gang rape, the desperation and vulnerability of fleeing refugees.
The number beside each book is my personal rating for the book, or audiobook, at the time of reading with the range being:
(1) = would not recommend,
(2) = some interesting aspects but not one of my recommended reads,
(3) = would recommend.
(4) = Really good, enjoyable, (or worthy) read, would definitely recommend
(5) = Excellent book, highly recommend