The Kommandant's Girl
Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma's husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city's decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the... show more
Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma's husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city's decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob's Catholic cousin, Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile. Emma's already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety—and her marriage vows—in order to help Jacob's cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, so does Emma's relationship with the Kommandant, building to a climax that will risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.
Publish date: March 1st 2007
Pages no: 395
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
Series: The Kommandant's Girl (#1)
Wie weit würdest du gehen? Der Kommandant und des Mädchen ist einfach ein zauberhafter Roman, voller Gefühl, Geschichte und einer Liebesaffäre die ganz ungekünstelt und unverkitscht erzählt wurde. Emma ist eine Jüdin zu Zeiten des zweiten Weltkrieges in Krakau. Ihr Mann Jakub arbeitet im Widerstand...
I couldn't finish this book. I understand it's Jenoff's first book, but there is far too much showing not telling. Emma's change of emotions is far too sudden. We're told that she starved in the Ghetto, but in terms of the book, it feels like she was only in the ghetto for five minutes. Even tak...
This is Pam Jenoff's debut novel, and well... you can tell. The writing is a little amateur (she uses the word 'realize' a lot. Almost to the point that I was distracted by it every time.) And some of the plot turns felt a little fast and underdeveloped.But overall this is a good novel. It takes pla...