Dark Tales of Dark Times - Darkness Over Denmark by Ellen Levine

Dark Tales of Dark Times - Darkness Over Denmark by Ellen Levine

  Darkness Over Denmark  by Ellen Levine

Darkness Over Denmark by Ellen Levine

Darkness Over Denmark by Ellen Levine. Holiday House, 2000.

The moving story of Danish resistance to Hitler’s reign of terror. Levine finds the human stories in the history and weaves them together deftly, putting a face on events that would otherwise be abstract and distant from contemporary youth. Some thoughts:

  • Details: that’s where the devil is, to be sure. Levine’s text is drenched in detail, adding authenticity and making her scenes memorable.
  • Personal stories: stories of individuals obtained through research and interview are interwoven with the history to enhance and illumine the narrative.
  • Vivid: The writing is clear and precise, yet passionate. The author’s interest in and enthusiasm for this topic is clear on every page. I kept remembering the urgency and horror of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five.
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