The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife

A War Story

Large Print - 2008
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Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781410403490
1410403491
Characteristics: 487 p. (large print), [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm

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superreader64
Aug 28, 2017

I, too, drown in the details, very difficult to follow. Author's writing style was boring. The book was mostly a study in zoology. However, there were interesting historical facts. The movie was better.

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LynJoan
Aug 15, 2017

I drowned in the details... more of a sort of non-fiction presentation than a story; not well laid out somehow. I look forward to the movie as hopefully they get more story and less fact based in the presentation.

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annphi
Aug 09, 2017

This was a book of missed opportunities. The premise offered fertile ground for characters escaping the Nazis. Instead it was a study in zoology. How were they hidden or secreted. That became a secondary plot. Never warmed up to the characters. In no way could this novel be compared to Schindler's List. Very disappointing

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Jyclibrary
Aug 05, 2017

Thought the book was okay but it did not think it conveyed how horrific the crimes really were. I never had the the sense that losses were that devastating to the characters. it was just like they accepted what happened and moved on. However, maybe that was all they could do.

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happycanuck
Jul 27, 2017

Found the author's writing style distracting and boring. The author seems to want to educate the reader on her background research, as well as on the characteristics of the various zoo animals in addition to writing about the zookeeper and his wife. It just doesn't work. Maybe it gets better ...I gave up after a couple of chapters.

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Penguins_11
Jul 25, 2017

After reading several critics comments I feel compelled to observe that I didn't feel as critical about the pacing or writing style because I thought the author was writing in what she felt was Antonina's voice and style. She is the heroine of the story. My overall impression is that I was glad to read about situations experienced by Polish people during World War II who were not in the military, not politicians and not among the wealthy. Also, It was surprising to learn that, in the midst of war, there were those who were as concerned with the survival and safety of the zoo population as the war refugees.

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abe28
Jul 16, 2017

Enjoyed the book. Made me want to read more about Poland's struggle and resilience during WWII. I found myself referring back to the black and white photo's in the book imagining the real life events.

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rewulff
Jun 14, 2017

This book was difficult to follow at times. It took between 75 and 100 pages before I could follow the story line clearly. I also feel that there were many more people who risked their own lives to save the lives of Jews during WWII. Their stories haven't been told, but they will will be honored some day. On a scale of 1-10, I give this book a 4.

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tjdickey
Jun 07, 2017

An excellent and true story about saving human lives and saving animal lives, told by a poet. Her prose runs to sensual details, and lengthy and evocative lists ("autumn laced the air with a stitchery of migrating songbirds and chevrons of blaring geese"), and the narrative delves deeply into the sounds, and smells, and emotional character of the "Noah's ark" that the Zabinskis made of the Warsaw zoo during the Nazi occupation. Ackerman even plumbs philosophical questions about human and animal nature, both Nazi ideology which could boast of ecological awareness and simultaneously seek to destroy parts of the planet's genome, and questions of how humans and animals can live interlocking and symbiotic lives.

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cknightkc
Apr 24, 2017

What a disappointment! Instead of focusing on the compelling real-life story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski and their heroic efforts to rescue Warsaw Ghetto Jews during WWII, the plot line of THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE meandered and took far too many detours to keep this reader engaged. Author Diane Ackerman obviously did her research, but her overly descriptive, flowery (purple) prose and penchant for including an excessive amount of irrelevant detail were distracting and interfered with the narrative flow. As a result, the Zabinskis and their Guests came off as flat and somewhat one-dimensional while the zoo animals and family pets were depicted with more personality. I managed to finish the book, but it frequently was a slog. The only reason I’m giving THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE 2.5 stars instead of 2 is because the Zabinskis’ story is so worthy of remembering, but they certainly deserved much better than this!

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AbigailCurious Jan 27, 2015

Violence: It describes the brutality of the nazis, sometimes in great detail.

AbigailCurious Jan 27, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: It has moments where you can be truly frightened, and believing that characters may have died.

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AbigailCurious Jan 27, 2015

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cknightkc
Apr 24, 2017

“Dozens of statues and monuments grace Warsaw's streets, because Poland is a country half submerged in its heavily invaded past, fed by progress, but always partly mourning.” - p. 322

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