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6.25.2013

Zoo Sanctuary

I just finished an enlightening book by Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper's Wife. It shouldn't be a surprise that it covers WWII and the treatment of Polish Jews. What I found most striking was the author's obvious scholarly devotion to background research - - I sat in awe and a bit of jealousy at her ability to read primary sources, to interview actual survivors, and to visit the true settings. Ackerman paints portraits no only of private lives, but she portrays the very sensory experiences of the natural landscape and the animal life in the zoo. I felt like I walked away from this book with an almost summer school crash course knowledge of biology and zoology. Yes, it is that amazing! Of course, I also found myself deep in thought or experiencing harsh emotions as she describes the psychology and brutal actions of people in a wartorn country. This is most certainly a book that begs to be reread with an archaeological precision - - such a wealth of knowledge certainly was bypassed. Just a side note: it really doesn't belong in the world of fiction as its historical realism creates an eerie nonfictitious experience.  I now need to read The Life of Pi.

*  Ackerman, D.  (2008).  The Zookeeper's Wife.  New York, NY: W.W. & Company.

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