Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill

18464101Like any girl who is loved by her family, Abigail Nussbaum loves to chase butterflies, enjoys lying on her back looking for shapes in the clouds, and happily teaches young children to make daisy chains.

In the eyes of certain people, however, Abigail has committed a heinous crime. The year is 1940; the place is Poland; Abigail happens to be Jewish.

Along with half a million other Jews, Abigail and her family are evicted from their home and forced to live in the bombed out ruins of Warsaw, the Polish capital.

Although a handful decide to fight back, is the uprising strong enough to save Abigail’s spirit?

Saying Goodbye to Warsaw is a surprisingly light read given the subject matter. It centers around the Nussbaum family of Abbie, her brother Leo, and her mother Chana who are imprisoned in a bombed-out ghetto in Warsaw in the midst of WW2.

Much of the book describes the squalor and poverty that has been thrust upon them, their fear of the German soldiers and the uncertainty of their future – however protagonist Abbie is a carefree, daydreamer who can see beauty and excitement in almost anything, giving the story a light-hearted, innocent tone.

I liked Abbie as the protagonist for that reason but I also felt like the main crux of story was being overlooked – the truth of their plight. Eventually we’re introduced to Alenka who is part of an underground resistance group which Leo has joined.

All of a sudden the innocent, light tone is replaced with a growing sense of impending doom and that’s the part of the story that shone for me. And I loved how much Abbie’s character changes throughout this book.

As for the things I didn’t enjoy – there were only a few. I found the start of the book quite slow and the writing didn’t flow easily for me but after a couple of chapters it seemed to improve. And I wished we’d met Alenka a lot sooner.

Saying Goodbye to Warsaw is a slow-burner but I thought the journey was totally worth it.

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Disclosure?: Yep, I received a copy from the author in exchange for an HONEST review. (THANKS)
Title: Saying Goodbye to Warsaw
Author: Michael Cargill
Details: Paperback, 170 pages
Publication Date: Published September 8th 2013 by Createspace
My Rating: 4/5
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WWW Wednesday (08/01/2014)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s to my first WWW Wednesday of the year! Thanks as always to Miz B for hosting.

 

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Currently Reading: Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill – Early days with this but no doubt it’s going to get heart-wrenching.

Recently Finished: The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey – I still haven’t got round to reviewing this, but it was a nice fluffy Christmas read.

Up Next: Between Arcs that I’m behind on reviewing (sorry guys!) and so many awesome books I got for Christmas & my birthday…it’s going to be harder than usual to choose. But I do really need to start The Corporeal Pull ASAP, it sounds great!

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Back to Normality!

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like I need a massive push to get back to normality after the (happy) disruption that Christmas and New Year had on my blog. I never really meant to take so much time off but I couldn’t pull myself away from family, friends, the pub, or the TV so I barely got any reading done either.

I feel so far behind! There were loads of end-of-year things I meant to do, and I’m behind on my ARCs but I am going to spend this week really trying to catch up. I promise!

It was also my Birthday on Sunday which I was dreading but actually turned out pretty good. I should probably change my About Me page too as I’m not nearly 30 anymore. SOB.

Anyway, I just wanted to say Happy New Year to you all, and here’s to a great year of blogging and book ranting.

 
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Like any girl who is loved by her family, Abigail Nussbaum loves to chase butterflies, enjoys lying on her back looking for shapes in the clouds, and happily teaches young children to make daisy chains.

In the eyes of certain people, however, Abigail has committed a heinous crime. The year is 1940; the place is Poland; Abigail happens to be Jewish.

Along with half a million other Jews, Abigail and her family are evicted from their home and forced to live in the bombed out ruins of Warsaw, the Polish capital.

Although a handful decide to fight back, is the uprising strong enough to save Abigail’s spirit?