22 March 2012

The Time Will Come #8

The Time Will Come is a fantastic meme hosted by Books For Company where we can feature those poor books that we brought, put on the shelf, and haven't (yet!) read.

All you have to do is:
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post to tell us about the book
- Link the post in the linky
- Visit the other blogs!

Bicycling to Amersfoort by Robert Graef

Published: 2005

Pages: 220

A boy and his family learn to survive after German forces destroy and occupy Rotterdam. An uncle reveals traitorous Nazi ties that lead to a commission as a Waffen SS officer and his sister takes up with a German soldier and defects to Germany. Meanwhile, teen-aged Jan Makkreel lives by his wits as he is drawn into illegal transport of food, assisting Jews, and smuggling resistance information and false documents.

Jan is wrongly labeled a traitor at war's end. Charged with collaboration and betraying Jews, he is imprisoned with true Nazis where he comes of age in gritty prison situations that test him as a man. After eighteen months, the police clear him of wrongdoing and release him into a society that receives him only as an ex-convict. Jan Makkreel's account reveals how the burden of war and occupation leaves wounds and divisions that in some cases can be neither forgotten nor healed.

I've had a fascination with WWII history for as long as I can remember, but unfortunately in the last few months I haven't had the time to pick up one of my many WWII books and read one.  This particular book I chose because it's set in the Netherlands and therefore the area is familiar to me.

Do you have a time period that you find fascinating, and a whole lot of books about it hiding on your shelves?


  1. This one sounds really interesting. I'm actually reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand right now for my book club - it's a biography about WWII US soldier Louis Zamperini. It's really fascinating! If you haven't read that one, I highly recommend it!

    My TTWC

    1. I read Unbroken last year and I LOVED it - it was indeed fascinating and so inspiring!

  2. My post for this meme would be a mile long! lol

    Great idea to remind of us of what's lost on our bookshelves.

    1. LOL let's just say I never have trouble finding a book I haven't read yet ;)

  3. Kat, thanks for joining in. I am the same and never have trouble finding one for this post either. This one sounds like a different sort of read, enjoy =)



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