That preamble was to justify my reading of yet another war novel. Escape from Warsaw - a mid grade novel by Ian Serraillier - was first published in the UK in 1956 with the title, The Silver Sword. In 1957 it was turned into an eight-part children's TV series by the BBC.
I've been doing background reading for an adult novel I'm working on and know so little about Poland. While I prefer reading non-fiction as research, I also enjoy learning about narrator techniques in novel-writing. It is, after-all, point-of-view that determines the story.
Escape from Warsaw (or The Silver Sword) is primarily an adventure story. Four children leave Warsaw in the search for their parents in Switzerland. The war has just ended and Europe is in shambles. While not rich in character, the novel does reveal an important aspect of war - families were torn apart and homes did no longer exist. Children were often without adults, and had to survive on their on. I imagine when this aired on TV - a mere ten years after the war had ended - that there would have been an intense interest.
Well, even if you tackled a different subject, you wouldn't be as satisfied in the outcome. Following your calling and your heart.
I just read "The Silver Sword/Escape from Warsaw" last week! I loved it and enjoyed it immensely. I didn't know it was made into a miniseries. I'll have to check that out.
I know of a couple of fictional books set in Poland. Some I have read, some I haven't. Do you want me to post them?
Sure, I'd love to check out more books set in Poland.
Thanks for stopping by. And interesting how we both read that 1956 book in the same 2011 week.
Yes, what a coincidence that we would read it the same week!
Here is the list of books. Hope it helps!
A hero and the holocaust: the story of Janusz Korczak and his children- David A. Adler
Dancing with Dziadziu- Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Annika Nelson
Jakob the Liar- Jurek Becker
The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak- Tomek Bogacki
Florian's Gate- T Davis Bunn
Bread upon the waters- Anne de Graaf
Out of the red shadow- Anne de Graaf
Jacob's Rescue- Malka Drucker
The Journey- Ida Fink
A Father's Promise- Donna L. Hess
The cats in Krasinski Square- Karen Hesse
The Creche of Krakow: A Christmas Story- Harvey Hirsch, Audrey Hirsch, Martha Weston
Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II- Douglas W. Jacobson
The Painted Bird- Jerzy Kosinski
The true story of Hansel and Gretel- Louise Murphey
The island on Bird Street- Uri Orlev
The man from the other side- Uri Orlev
Run, Boy, Run- Uri Orlev, Hillel Halkin
Aniela Kaminski's Story: A Voyage from Poland During World War II (Journey to America)- Clare Pastore
Simon's Escape: A Story of the Holocaust- Bonnie Pryor
Wow! Thanks for this, Veronica. I'm sad to say, the only one I recognize is the Karen Hesse one. I have a lot of reading to do! (I love it!!)
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