Book Review: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

The True Story of Hansel and GretelThe True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can’t say that I enjoyed reading The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival. The subject matter and the setting (Poland at the end of World War II) was too grim (Grimm?) to be a fun read. However, it was very well written and kept me reading to the end… even when the plot involved things that normally would have had me giving up on a book.

I was fascinated by the fact that the author used the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale as the foundations for the story, using many of the details, characters and symbols from the fairy tale to enhance the book’s plot. And even though the overall tone of the book was dark, the author brought just enough hope into the narrative so the book wasn’t overly depressing or maudlin.

All in all, if you are the type of person who enjoys reading about life and the desperate need to survive during the devastation of World War II, then I can recommend this book. But if you are the type of person who wants something cheerful and light, then you should look elsewhere.

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About Ciarrai

Hi. My name is Kerry but here online I tend to go by the Gaelic version of my name, Ciarrai. I am a woman in my mid-30's who lives on Long Island, NY, with my husband, Rob, several guitars, a Nikon D40, more yarn, beads and books than I care to admit to and a cat who has a million nicknames and quite a few theme songs. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have recently returned to college to pursue a teaching degree so that I can eventually get a job as a High School English teacher. In addition to my major obsessions (Reading, Beading, Knitting, Music and Photography), I also enjoy playing Board Games, going to Renaissance Faires, Museums and Broadway Musicals.
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3 Responses to Book Review: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

  1. Cassie says:

    I love a shocking, or depressing book so I was all over this. By the end, I was feeling stunned just holding the book on the last page. It was truly beautiful. I finished it about twenty minutes ago and now I’m just surfing through reviews. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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