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The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife

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When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw and the city s zoo along with it With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages Another dozen guests hid inside the Zabinskis villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts Jan, active in the P When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw and the city s zoo along with it With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages Another dozen guests hid inside the Zabinskis villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her


Author Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the bestsellers The Zookeeper s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses The Zookeeper s Wife, a little known true story of WWII, became a New York Times bestseller, and received the Orion Book Award, which honored it as, a groundbreaking work o




The Zookeeper's Wife Reviews (31)

  • What a disappointment I anxiously awaited the paperback version of this book, only to find the writing so scattered and choppy I could barely finish it The author obviously did extensive and exhaustive research, but she kept going off on so many random tangents that finding a cohesive story is impos [..]

  • one puzzle of daily life at the villa was this How do you retain a spirit of affection and humor in a crazed, homicidal, unpredictable society On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany, emboldened by the recently signed Molotov Ribbentrop pact with Stalin s Soviet Union, invaded Poland Warsaw was pummeled, [..]

  • Finally Whew I ve owned this book for than 5 years It was passed to me from our friend Steve I had planned to read it like other books a dozen times Quilty as Charged It took the Hollywood soon to be released movie to procrastinate no longer I knew much about this story but, as I said, had not actu [..]

  • In a sentence Someone else should have written the Zabinski s story This mess, full of purple prose adds very little to the narrative of Polish heroism in World War II Nor does it add much about the Jewish Holocaust and I simply do not know how Ackerman got the rights to the story, when so many othe [..]

  • This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I can t decide whether I enjoyed this book or not I think the idea of it is interesting than the execution It follows the true story of Antonina Zabinski and her family, caretakers of the Warsaw zoo during the Nazi occu [..]

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