Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Wunschkind" by Liesel Appel

The tale of a German girl is told in sad detail. With the rise of Hitler, her parents planned her to be a gift to him. She didn't actually meet or interact with Hitler. Rather, her existence was made so her parents could make yet another faithful German of Hitler's montage. When she finally realizes this fact, added to what her parents actually think, she is flabbergasted and in a state of consternation. This book offers a great look at a difficult coming of age. Religion is mentioned, and Christians are labeled as hypocrites with no good example to counteract them. Readers are left thinking the girl is agnostic, unfortunately. However, seeing as how the book is published by a company called Grateful Steps with crosses in the insignia, who knows what to think?

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