Trudi Montag is a Zwerg -- a dwarf -- short, undesirable, different, the plucky but sometimes defeated voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. ...Show synopsisTrudi Montag is a Zwerg -- a dwarf -- short, undesirable, different, the plucky but sometimes defeated voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share -- from her mother who flees into madness, to her childhood friend Georg whose parents always wanted a girl, and therefore treat him as one, to the Jews Trudi harbours in her cellar when her small town is hit by the lead up to World War II. Ursula Hegi brings us a timeless and unforgettable story in Trudi and a small German town, weaving together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.Hide synopsis
Description:Fine. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued...Fine. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 528 p. Oprah's Book Club (Paperback). Audience: General/trade.
I wept many times while reading this book. It has the kind of power that haunts the reader for many weeks, if not forever. There are parallels with "The Tin Drum" in the use of a dwarf as protagonist, and there is some common symbolism about the German civilians during World War II.
However, the stye and content diverge from there. I could not put the book down, even though it was ripping me to shreds emotionally. I'm surprised I am the first reviewer, but the book has been around now a long time. If you are checking this out, read it.
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