Anna and the Swallow Man

Anna and the Swallow Man

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
ISBN: 9781101891841
Characteristics: audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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JCLChrisK Jul 20, 2017

This is a reserved, soft-spoken war book, a tale of survival in the midst of horror that chooses its words as carefully and elegantly as the meticulous Swallow Man of the title, communicating much of its story with silence and allusions. It is a story of abandonment and isolation and one of tentative connection. It is quietly, deeply moving.

People are dangerous. People are necessary.

When seven-year-old Anna's father disappears from their German-occupied Polish home near the start of World War II, she is alone. When she and an odd stranger recognize something kindred in each other, he reluctantly agrees to take her in. Or, more precisely, to take her out. His survival strategy is constant movement through the wilderness, nameless and forgettable. He teaches Anna his ways, and for four years they wander the countryside with as limited human contact as possible. Danger is everywhere, though, and ultimately unavoidable, and neither escapes the experience unscathed.

bandblair Jul 13, 2017

Extremely well-written and well-performed by the narrator. Less about the war than you might think and more about the relationship between Anna and the Swallow Man and human nature, in general. Recommended for fans of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

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