This book isn’t really about World War II or Greeks or fitness or even heroism. It’s about compassion, about love.
Costa Zannis is helped, and sometimes hindered, by a cast of characters who show that heroism is something that regular people can do on a regular basis during extraordinary circumstances.
This book defines the human spirit and its ability to find joy in adversity and goodness in people, even after everything it suffers.
When I first saw the short description for Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, I thought it would be a cute book for young readers (well, as cute as Jewish victims during WWII can possibly be)…but oh, I was so wrong. It was a good book, but I wouldn’t say cute. More like tumultuous. Overview:…
Success was not due just to bigger navies or faster planes or better soldiers; it was due as well to the intelligence gathered by secret warriors.
Only the bravery and courage of the troops, the leadership of their superiors, and the force of the human will to conquer got the Allies up the beaches.
Band of Brothers follows one company of men with extraordinary courage through Europe to victory.
There’s more to light or truth than what we can physically see; that light is almost a tangible essence that lifts us up. Indeed, there’s light all around that can make us our better selves if we let it. It’s a light that Marie-Laure, blind as she was, could see, while Werner, with all this brilliance and knowledge, was blind to until the very end:
The point of this book is to take a little piece of the suffering and pain and desperation of those nameless, countless soldiers, and swallow it whole until we carry a bit of them within our hearts.
Those who fought against the Nazis were people who had integrity, who acted despite the hardship, who knew what was truly important in life…and death.
War can harden or humble a person. Some of these characters allowed it to turn them into better people.
The Allied commanders were ordinary men thrust into a difficult situation and expected to be extraordinary. They made mistakes, but they also did the best they could. They were heroic enough.