Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman

I stumbled across the book, The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman while window shopping at the bookstore across the street (yes, I was so excited moving into my new apartment when I realized that I could literally walk across the street and into bookstore - heaven!).

The Zookeeper's Wife reads like a novel but is in all actuality a superbly written historical volume, complete with bibliographies and an appendix filled with further information on the subjects in the story. Ackerman tells the story of a zookeeper and his wife who hid Jews from the Nazi regime in their Warsaw zoo. Guests are given animal code names as they hide in animal cages and habitats, and animals are given human names all in the effort to deceive the occupying Nazi forces. Their story is frequently accented with intriguing nuggets of historical information on the inner workings of the Nazis and their quest for a resurgence of classical Germany - which not only included a pure Aryan race, but the little know effort to restore native German plants and even extinct German animals. The Nazis truly wanted only 'pure' Germany to remain and were working to remove any traces of human, plant or animal life that was alien.

You will be amazed not only by the wealth of research you will find in this book but by the eloquence with which it is communicated. The story is so intriguing and I am amazed that it's subject matter has not been written about before this point - and I am sure we will be seeing a movie soon in theater's about this amazing true-to-life story.


Anonymous said...

Hey Riss,
I was just telling Mom about your book. Aunt Bonnie had also heard about it. I read a review and it sounds good. Maybe I'll have time to read it now that my "schedule" has been freed up!

That Quiz Kid said...

Hello! do you not see by what your wrote here that you could easily get a job writing synopsis and reviews on books! And was the book really only $1.69 or is that an old price?

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Lorissa said...

Josh - the pictures is actually an old book that was made during Roosevelt's term as president while he was trying to create American jobs - I thought it was appropriate for the book's subject matter. The actual cover is on the left hand side under my Shelfari list. And no - the book is not only $1.69!