«Senza le famiglie, non ci sarebbero storie.» Ed è proprio dal passato della famiglia di Bart van Es che emerge una storia mai raccontata prima: la vicenda di Lien, una bambina ebrea che i nonni dell’autore accolsero in casa loro durante l’occupazione nazista, crescendola come se fosse una figlia, ma con la quale misteriosamente interruppero ogni contatto molto tempo dopo la fine della guerra. Che cosa ne era stato di Lien, e quale era stato il motivo di quello strappo? Che cosa impediva di pronunciare perfino il nome di Lien, bambina cancellata dalla memoria? Inizia così la ricerca dell’autore, un viaggio nei ricordi personali e del suo paese d’origine, l’Olanda, che lo porterà a esplorare il periodo più buio del secolo scorso e le contraddizioni nascoste in seno alla sua stessa famiglia. Scoprirà che Lien è viva e abita ad Amsterdam, e dal loro incontro nascerà un’amicizia speciale e profonda. Nel raccontare la sua storia Van Es non tace sulle sofferenze che Lien ha patito durante la clandestinità, affidata a adulti non sempre limpidi nei loro propositi, né sul lungo percorso che, come molti altri sopravvissuti alla Shoah, ha dovuto affrontare anni dopo la fine della guerra per trovare un senso a tutto il dolore vissuto.
- ISBN: 8823516471
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 288
4.5 stars “Without families you don’t get stories.” (Lien, the girl of this title). This sounds like something we might all accept as true, but how profound this really is in relation to this book and what it means for this story is something that I won’t forget. This is about the Holocaust, about t Leggi tutto
The Diary of Anne Frank is the source of most of my knowledge about The Netherlands during WWII which is a narrow point of view. Sure, I knew about Operation Market Garden, the Dutch resistance and that the Nazis nearly succeeded in starving the population but nothing much beyond that. The Cut Out G Leggi tutto
Library overdrive: Audiobook....read by the author: Bart van Es Problem #1..... Amazon is selling this kindle book for $14.99. I didn’t want to pay that much for it. The price ‘is’ too high IMO. My Library only had this book available ‘as’ an Audiobook. For over two weeks I’ve been listening to this... Leggi tutto
In the words of Maria Condo This one is not bringing me joy and I have read 50% of the book and that has taken me a week. I think it is time to part company. I struggle with giving up on a book as some books do turn around and am always afraid I will miss out by not finishing the read. I am not
Bart van Es grew up with the vague understanding that there was a girl in his family who wasn't in the family any more. No one would say who she was and why she'd left. No one spoke of her at all. That cut out girl was Lien de Jong. She was a Jewish child his family had hidden briefly during the war Leggi tutto
I knew the 2020 good read vibes wouldn't last, and The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found is the culprit that has potentially crushed those vibes. I bought this book some time ago, not long after it was released, and after a Waterstones employee told me this book was absolutely
From BBC radio 4 - Book of the week:The story of a man's search for the truth about his family's pastThe last time Hesseline - known as Lien - saw her parents was in The Hague as she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by h Leggi tutto
Queria saber mais sobre esta menina judia mas o autor divagou imenso enquanto contava a sua história. Como gostei da parte que me levou a ouvir o livro não lhe dou 2⭐.
Many thanks to #NetGalley and Penguin Press for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I have always been fascinated by stories of the Second World War and as my father served with the Canadian Army in Netherlands for quite some time, I have a particular interest i Leggi tutto
BOTW https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bd... Description: a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in during the war by relatives and hidden from the Nazis, handed over by her parents, who understood the danger they were in all too well. The girl had been raised by her foster family as one o Leggi tutto