Where Birds Don't Sing: Dutch Holocaust Trilogy Paperback – 1 Apr 1999
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In the 50th year of the ending of WW2, Alan Clegg''s Windmills tells the story of a family surviving occupation in war torn Netherlands. The reader travels the canals, see the dead straight horizons and lives the provincial life.'
From the Publisher
A great read with an equally great message.
I am the publisher and feel that the responses of all the newspaper reviewers and the escalating national sales of the book say all that is necessary. This is the most compulsive read which we have produced in our five years of publishing.
Top Customer Reviews
My only criticism is that at one point the author says Lottie Cohen was Simon's neice but at a later point he said she was a 'distant relative'. He also said Richard had 'never met Lottie' but then later said that it had been some time since Richard had last seen Lottie. I found this discrepancy in the story slightly off putting as I was never quite sure then as to what to believe.
Hind sight should be our guide through the future, but sadly mankind never seems to learn and the slaughter continues. Once again it is religion that is at the heart of the troubles, but perhaps it is just part of it and no more than an excuse to vent deep felt envy on the nations who work at prosperity and the welfare of their people. I thoroughly endorse the sentiments within this very absorbing historical book and pray that the World does not descend into another period of a similar kind.
The book explores three different characters from three different periods in history but all linked. The characters do all come together at the end. I did find the Auschwitz description harrowing as one of the characters is a Nazi SS camp doctor working for Mengle. He decides who lives and who dies as the train transports arrive. It very clearly describes the 'obeying orders' mentality of the committed SS officers (a defence that was dismissed at Nuremburg.) I did get a sense that the officer did know this was wrong but his loyalty to his oath allowed him to proceed.
The immediate aftermath of the war and the hunt for war criminals is portrayed well in the story.
The final section of the book concerns a present day set of characters who need to find out information about the past and how they are linked with this difficult period of history. I did find the episode regarding Simon Wiesenthal a little fanciful. (If you want an accurate picture of the true Wiesenthal read Guy Walters 'Hunting Evil.')
The reason I only gave it four out of five stars is that I was somewhat irritated by the constant jumping between time periods. I suspect that the author wrote the story in chonological sequence but some editor had the bright idea to mix it all up.
However, it stands as a very good book, well written and researched (apart from Wiesenthal.)
If you are a student of this period, as i am, then well worth the read.
Well done Alan Clegg!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend recommended this book to me and although it's not the kind of thing I would have chosen 'of the shelf' I decided to give it go. I'm so glad I did. Read morePublished on 27 April 2014 by Len
I thought 'Windmills' would be an almost impossible to follow act but I was very pleased indeed to find that 'Where Birds Don't Sing' did indeed keep up a very high standard.Published on 3 Feb. 2014 by whatachef
An account written from two perspectives about the holocaust. The author manages to describe family ties from a variety of angles. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by Polly
A great moving read and one that will get you totally immersed in. I would recommend it to anyone who likes that sort of readingPublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Pachacaid
We must never forget what happened to all who died in the death camps,especially all those children separated from parents and experimented on in the most cruel way. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2013 by Geea O'C
After reading the first book,this one followed on,and held you from the start,you jumped about a bit,but this made it more intregging lived it. I will read more of Alan's booksPublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I found the sugject matter very difficult at times but it was so descriptive and helped me understand things that had happened and why. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by Rosemary Hurdle