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At first, I didn’t know what to make of this book. I knew from the cover that the novel’s plot was centered on a murder, but I had no clue that the main character and his family was so involved. Also, when I thought of World War II, I didn’t consider the victims of the madness that occurred afterwards and the emotional damage that followed, or how the countries that were occupied by the Nazi party were decimated, pillaged, and shells of their former glory. I always thought of the 10+ million that were killed in concentration camps based on their political standings, sexual orientation, race, and religion. It opened my mind to the treachery that most likely occurred in neighborhoods where people knew each other very well but framed since they …show more content…
I also noticed a recurring theme in most of the books that I have read that are based on the world wars; most of the time, the series of unfortunate events that fall upon either the main character or someone close to them, all connect in a strange and complex way. For example, Anton eventually meets a man named Cor Takes at a funeral for one of his wife’s relatives. As it turns out, Takes was the one responsible for the death of Fake Ploeg, the man who was found shot dead in front of Anton’s house. (Page 108) As the conversation between the two draws on, Anton learns that Takes’ loveinterest was involved, wounded, and imprisoned under a police station, the same police station that Anton was being held in after his house was burned down. Also the same woman that shared his cell, comforted him, and accidentally smeared blood on his …show more content…
Anton also runs into the woman that lived next door to him and assisted in Fake Ploeg’s movement to his front yard, Karin Korteweg. She tells Anton that her father was haunted by him and moved to Australia in fear that Anton would exact his revenge. In the end, he took his own life a few years before Anton and the woman spoke again (page 180). This came as a bit of a surprise to me, seeing that we, as the readers, hadn’t heard of or seen the pair since the very beginning, and to find out that the man was so guilty of what he had done and afraid of what was to come that he took his own life gave the ending a slightly bittersweet ending. In the end, revenge didn’t need to be taken in any way because all of the would-be enemies in Anton’s life either came to terms with what they had done, apologized, or turned their lives around altogether. I have never seen an ending comparable to this before in any novel, and I wonder if there is at least one familythat lived through WWII with a similar story. As a reader and an English student, I can understand why this piece of literature is revered the way it is. I sincerely thank you for the opportunity of reading this

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