- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: PublishNation; 1st edition (14 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1291281126
- ISBN-13: 978-1291281125
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.2 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night I Danced With Rommel Paperback – 14 Jun 2013
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The ingenuity of others, how ordinary people coped and survived the war, the food rationing, dealing with fear, worry and the lost of a loved one are all meticulously captured in this story, that it reads like a memoir.
Through the author, the reader really gets to know and understand the true extent of the war, and its devastating effects in this truly gripping tale, that will make even the hardest hearts melt, and in awe and admiration of those who had to endure it all.
It's not often, that you get to read a book where you feel so connected as if you were there, especially from a viewpoint that is not often heard, or rarely even know about. For many war stories and Hollywood film adaptations tend to focus about the allies and victory.
However, this book really shows the truth, that ordinary people in German suffered the same and dire consequences, if not even worse. The hardship of the family in the story, the events that they had to endure, the struggles, heartaches, emotional grievance is truly gripping and emotional.
Overall, it's a fascinating tale, one that will leave you thinking for days afterwards.
We learn about Hilde's home and family life in East Prussia, with all the difficult times she and her family were forced to overcome and accept, also her love for her husband, Karl, a young officer in the German army, who eventually joins Rommel's 7th Panzer Brigade fighting in Africa. The way her family members and friends, some of them Polish Jews, had to struggle against all odds to survive during the time line of this book, is hugely moving and well told.
For me, reading such an emotional account, seen through the eyes of an ordinary, hardworking, young German woman left to bring up their children, while her husband was away fighting, turned out to be quite an unexpected and emotional experience.
I was a British "war baby" myself; living with my family in the South of England during the time covered and because of this, I found it struck a quite chord with me and made this story in some ways all the more poignant. To learn about all the evil propaganda the German people were subjected to, plus a great deal of hunger and poverty, clearly it was far worse for German civilians during this period, than it was I think, for most of us here in England.
It's a really well told story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Unfortunately the Kindle version I read had not yet been properly edited by the publisher. Thus, I felt so sorry I could only award it 4 stars. I understand from the author that the book has been corrected in the print version, and so I sincerely hope the Kindle version will eventually follow suit.
The Night I Danced With Rommel is a hugely touching, emotional read, that I can highly recommend. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
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