If you are not familiar the author, Jerry Spinelli, he is an unbelievably powerful writer. He has a unique way with words, which I am extremely jealous of. I'm a huge fan of his work.
Last week, I read Milkweed. The book is the first-person narrative of a young boy living in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. He is taken to the ghetto because he is a Gypsy, and is forced to live on the other side of the wall.
Thanks to Jerry Spinelli, I will never be able to look at the following things the same way again:
♥Carousels (I saw one on Sunday and almost cried)
♥Mothers holding their children's hands
♥Milkweed (although I didn't actually know what that was before the book)
It's true; I will never be able to look at life the same way again now. Everything seems brighter than it did a week ago. I look around and take in every last detail of this wonderful world, and I sigh to myself, feeling so unbelievably lucky. I go outside, and bombs aren't falling from the sky. Nobody is hunting me down, with one intention - killing me. I don't live in the ghetto, where I will be sent to my death in a concentration camp (if typhus or starvation don't get me first).
I worried about the most ridiculous things. None of that matters any more. I look through my diaries, and feel so selfish. How could that big test be the end of the world, when millions of Jews were massacred? How could that boy not loving me break my heart, when children saw their parents die? How could that stomach ache even matter, when people were starving to death? It doesn't, and I realise that now. I don't care about any of that any more. I am happy, and I feel lucky to be so happy. Everything seems more beautiful than it did before. I stop to smell flowers, and I notice the birds' song, and I lie on the grass and just marvel at the wonder of the world now.
Thank God it wasn't me. And thank Jerry Spinelli, for changing my life for the better.
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milkweed, June 8, 2006 (view all comments by milkweed)
milkweed is an ensipering story about a boy named misha during the holocaust. he is an inspiring boy who remembers nothing about his life before stealing from a woman. he meets other homeless children who try to survive against the jackboots. he loses an ear and a friend yet in the end he finds he has a daughter and his granddaughter who calls him poppynoddle......
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