July 09, 2013

Time travel

I have been deep into a book that takes place during WWII.

I can't put it down.

Ever since I was a little kid, I would get lost in the stories I read.
The characters would haunt my thoughts.
I would read for hours on end and not be able to get the story out of my head until it was all over.
And even after it was over, a good story would stick with me for days/weeks/months.
I would find myself starting to pray for the characters before laughing and realizing that they weren't real.

This story is real though.
And some of the things in the story, I don't think I'll ever forget.
It's almost too crazy to be real.
And it so well written that I find myself reading way too late into the night.

Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII.
My maternal grandmother was a war bride, coming to America after she had married my grandfather.
I think part of the fascination of the story, besides how absolutely enthralling it is, is hearing about what the world was like when my grandparents were my age, or actually, probably a little bit younger.
How different their world was.
How scary those times must have been.

Also, I have been watching Australia again, which I loved even though I know many people did not.  Baz is a great story teller in my opinion.  Anyway, it is also a WWII story.  I'm surrounded.

I've found myself several times looking up from the screen or the "page" (Kindle) and doing a double take to realize it's 2013 and there aren't bombers or ladies in beautiful 40's dresses (Nicole Kidman's entire wardrobe in Australia...hello?!)

Getting lost in a story is one of the best things in the world, is it not?


leslie.kidd said...

WWII has always fascinated me as well. I love reading and watching stories from that time period. Have you seen Flyboys? It's WWI, but another great story. Watch it sometime!

Where is your maternal grandmother from??

cottage girl said...

I haven't seen that one. I'll have to check it out.

My grandmother is from Liverpool, England. She still has quite a bit of her British accent. When I went to England a few years ago, it felt like home because everyone sounded like my grandma.

Julie said...

I absolutely loved that book!! Have you read the Book Thief? That's another great WWII book written from Death's perspective. I nearly felt sorry for Death at some parts, it was so well-written! Definitely check it out after camp is over (it's a plow-through-and-read-it-in-a-day kind of a book!)