Michael Morpurgo wasn’t born until some time after World War II had ended, and yet he was affected by the war as bombed ruins became his play ground. It wasn’t until much later that he learned that the war had not only destroyed buildings – it had destroyed lives as well – including that of his own family.
The books he writes tell of the history but also give hope to the reader. I have not yet read “War Horse” but it is on my books-to-read list. The first book that I’ve read by this author is “An Elephant in the Garden”
Before the bombs had dropped on
, the keeper of the Berlin Zoo had
mentioned when the destruction came, all of the big animals at the zoo would
have to be killed. A woman who worked at
the zoo asked if she could take a baby elephant she was attached to. Every night when the zoo closed, she would
take the elephant home and every morning she would bring it back – until the
bombs came. And then there was no point. Berlin
Morpurgo took this true account and another of a woman whose husband had joined the team of those who had tried to assassinate Hitler. After he was executed, she took refugees into her home.
From my understanding “War Horse” takes place in
whereas “An Elephant in the Garden” takes place in . Instead of Germany Berlin,
Morpurgo starts the story out in . He gives the account of three family members
who flee from one horrific scene to another while traveling with an elephant. Dresden
I like his style. There are so many truths about how it was for far too many. Families torn apart before the war because of political disagreement, abandoning their houses whether willingly or not, fear of the unknown. “An Elephant in the Garden” is written in first person. I’m hoping his other work is as well.