Monday, October 29, 2007

Escape from Warsaw

by Ian Serraillier

This one's a bit odd. It's the story of three children who are "orphaned" in World War II Poland. Their father is carted off to a work camp and months later their mother is hauled off, too. The children escape into the bombed out basements and alleyways of Warsaw, surviving as best they can. When the war's over, they receive word that their father had escaped his imprisonment and was last seen headed to Switzerland. They decide to follow him, giving the reader a peek into war torn Europe just after Germany's surrender. It makes for an interesting setting, unfortunately the characters are wooden and the plot is jerky. The book claims to be based upon fact, so I suspect that Mr. Serraillier simply patched together a number of war time anecdotes and called it a story. I think it would have been better if he had simply collected the smaller tales and not try to make it into some grand tale.

Educational waiting room material is still waiting room material.
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