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- By: Christine Leunens
- Narrated by: Tim Bruce
- Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
This extraordinary novel is seen through the eyes of Johannes, an avid member of the Hitler Youth in the 1940s. After he is severely injured in a raid, he discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl called Elsa behind a false wall in their large house in Vienna. His initial horror turns to interest, then love and obsession. After the disappearance of his parents, Johannes finds he is the only one aware of Elsa's existence in the house, the only one responsible for her survival.
- By Anonymous User on 18-05-2020
I read this book having viewed the film JoJo Rabbit which was based on Caging Skies. I loved the quirky nature of the film, it’s tragicomic approach and the performances. I was expecting something similar in the novel and I certainly encountered the quirkiness. The charm and humanity of the main character plus the conflict that dominated his life for much of the film was absent in the book. Instead we saw the world through the eyes of a character who was extremely hard to sympathise with and, by book’s end, quite repulsive. The book is beautifully written but ultimately a tale of human disintegration and misery. I couldn’t wait for it to end.