The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

Friday, 7 March 2014
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Murphy
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, War
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children.
Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy’s haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel tells a resonant, riveting story.
  • I love to read books based on wars, especially World War II. They are always so heart-pumping and so addicting. I love the story of Hansel and Gretel and the two stories.
  • The plot was very agonizing and sad. The characters were okay, but not the most interesting and their background stories were just like any other.

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