G is Germany #TravelWithBooks #AtoZchallenge @AprilA2Z

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Germany was my obvious choice for G. Not only does it have such a controversial history but I have read many unforgettable books about Hitler and Nazi Germany that brought out the human spirit and celebrated life. Germany or germans leave an impact no matter the genre. Here are three much popular and awarded books for G.

Have you read them? All of them or none? Do you have a favorite German author?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Even though the author is Australian but the impact of the book makes it totally about Germany. A must-read book that leaves an impact and steals our heart. It’s the story of Leisel, narrated by Death during Nazi Germany and WW II.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

This is another book that is not to be missed. The Holocaust drama relates the horror of a Nazi extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys; Bruno (Asa Butterfield), the son of the camp’s Nazi commandant, and Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish inmate.

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

BLURB – Written in 1912, The Metamorphosis was first published in 1915. “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With these startlingly bizzare opening lines, Kafka begins his masterpiece–one of the most influential works of twentieth century fiction. The novella tells the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning only to find himself transformed into an insect. It subsequently details Samsa’s struggles to adapt to his new condition, as well as his family’s reaction to his “metamorphosis”.

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These three books are just the tip of the iceberg that are thought-provoking books from Germany. I have rarely missed reading a book that has even a small portion of WW II history and listing them all is not possible.

Please let me know your favorite books on or from Germany.

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Comments

  1. Andrea

    Wonderful books, I read all of them! (And only 1 was compulsory:) )

    I sometimes wish that history would be taught via these books, rather than memorizing facts.

  2. T.S. Valmond

    I found Germany to be very different than I pictured it. I loved Frankfurt and Berlin for the history, the brats, and the vibes. Oh, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas almost ruined my life. I didn’t read the book but the movie destroyed me, couldn’t stop crying for about 3 days. I read for the HEA but sometimes just an upbeat or hopeful ending is all I need.

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