Saturday, October 10, 2015

TY Book Recommendation: 'After'

Over the next couple of weeks we will, as usual at this time of the year, be posting brief recommendations of books that TY pupils have read/are reading for their Extended Essays (which will be written after half-term). The first is Morris Gleitzman's After, recommended by Felix Mertes:

After is about a young Jewish boy named Felix who is trying to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland. On his way he meets generous and friendly people, but also cruel and dangerous ones.

I liked the book because I am very interested in World War II. It is written in the slightly naive perspective of a 10 year old. He therefore interprets events in a childish manner, which is very interesting to see.

The story is also very good, full of tension, drama and unexpected events. The story is also very realistic, and likely to have happened. I like that as the book doesn't exaggerate and gives a good view if what things were like back then.

I would recommend this book for people over 13, as some tragic and sad incidents occur. You also need to have a background knowledge to fully understand the book.

But in the end I would highly recommend this book and give it a 9/10.

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