The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival
The True Story of Hansel and Gretal In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the... show more
The True Story of Hansel and Gretal In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children.Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy’s haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children. The True Story of Hansel and Gretal tells a resonant, riveting story.
Publish date: July 29th 2003
Pages no: 297
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Fairy Tales
, World War II
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel Louise Murphy Paperback, 320 pages Published July 29th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2003) ISBN 0142003077 ISBN13: 9780142003077 Louise Murphy retells the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale in a gripping Holocaust survival narrative. Her unforgett...
NO SPOILERS!!!Look at the title of this book. It tells exactly what you will get from this book! Hansel and Gretel is a fairy tale, this is that fairy tale rewritten for adults. I had been warned by reading numerous reviews that this would be a dark tale. I had no idea it would be so very dark. Don'...
It's pretty hard-hitting and brutal, but that's the nature of the subject matter. I wouldn't use it in class with my high school kids, but I could easily suggest it to adult friends.
What a beautiful read. I must say I had a difficult time with this book though. I thought reading Those Who Save Us was difficult. This book was more difficult for me because it involved Jewish children during WWII Poland. In my opinion, it is a must read.
Many writers make use of fairy tale motifs in thier writing. Murphy isn't even the first writer to make use of such motifs in a tale set during the Holocaust. Yolen's Briar Rose pre dates this. Murphy's tale has all the power of Yolen's novel.Murphy does not deal totally with centeral characters;...