A Hatred for Tulips

A Hatred for Tulips People who don t have secrets imagine them as dark and hidden It s just the opposite Secrets are bright They light you up Like the bare lightbulb left on in a cell day and night they give you no rest

  • Title: A Hatred for Tulips
  • Author: Richard Lourie
  • ISBN: 9780312349332
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • People who don t have secrets imagine them as dark and hidden It s just the opposite Secrets are bright They light you up Like the bare lightbulb left on in a cell day and night, they give you no rest So thinks Joop, the narrator of this brief and bitter tale, whose secret is like no other He has kept that secret for than sixty years, but now his b People who don t have secrets imagine them as dark and hidden It s just the opposite Secrets are bright They light you up Like the bare lightbulb left on in a cell day and night, they give you no rest So thinks Joop, the narrator of this brief and bitter tale, whose secret is like no other He has kept that secret for than sixty years, but now his brother whom he has not seen since the end of the war has suddenly shown up at his door Having grown up in North America with only the vaguest memories of World War II, Joop s brother has returned to Amsterdam to find out what his childhood in Holland had been like But what he discovers is much than he bargained for he is startled and dismayed to learn of his own role in the betrayal of Anne Frank Transporting readers through the agonizing Nazi takeover of World War II, Joop recounts his role as a boy desiring to feed his starving family He figures out a way to provide for them, but in doing so, he sets in motion a chain of events that will horrify the entire world Just as he did in the internationally acclaimed The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin, here Richard Lourie takes us into not only a person s mind, a time, and a place, but into the treacherous currents of history that sweep lives away This gripping fictionalized account of the man who betrayed Anne Frank will not soon be forgotten.

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    1. The author of this book, Richard Lourie, who is an old family friend, is best known for his impressive connections with Russia, but obviously he has also been involved with international issues. He has written numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction.The title of this novel refers to the “starvation diet” which developed during WW ll in Holland. The crux of the tale is the overwhelming hunger and starvation among the populace, especially one family. It influenced their every thought and [...]

    2. A Hatred For Tulips, September 1, 2007By gerryb (Cambridge, MA USA) - See all my reviewsIf Breughel were a minimalist 21st century writer this might have been one of his books. It an easy and pleasurable read, almost casual in style, bit rich in incidental detail. The profoundly horrific dilemmas of being human that it deals with emerge stealthily but potently. It turns out Anne Frank's probable betrayer was not particularly monstrous but a confused and impressionable kid named Joop from a hungr [...]

    3. I think I was expecting a little more from this novel, which is uspposed to be a fictionalized account of Joop, the boy/man who may have betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis at the end of WWII. Although the story moved quickly, and was written in a way that made you feel as though you were a part of the picture, I felt that Joop's ideas and thoughts as a boy could have been conveyed a little better. his motives seem so very two-dimensional, and sometimes it can be hard to empathize wi [...]

    4. This is a holocaust story told from the perspective of Joop, who as a teenager was involved in the betrayal of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. It is sixty years later and Joop shares his tormenting secret with his visiting younger brother, the surviving half of the twins who were babies during the Nazi occupation in Holland. There is much here: guilt, sibling jealousy, Joop's need of recognition and love from his dying father, his willingness to do whatever to help support his family survive, and natio [...]

    5. The title first drew me in, and then when I found it was a story about how someone who had a role in Anne Frank's family's arrest in Amsterdam, I had to read it. The writing is masterful, clean and spare, and evokes the feelings of the man who narrates to his long-lost brother what happened to him as a boy during the German occupation of Holland. You feel for him and his family as they struggle to survive. And in the end, although you feel pity and horror at what happened, you understand.

    6. Sentymentalne a zarazem epatujące nieszczęściem żeby trzymać czytelnika przy lekturze. Trochę się można dowiedzieć o Holandii w czasie wojny dlatego 2 gwiazdki.

    7. This is a short book, but one that has sat on my shelves to read for over a year. For some reason it never called to me when selecting my next read. For such a short book it really brings a powerful punch in the deep thoughts category. While most of the story is not directly about Anne Frank and her family’s capture, the story is still relevant to that topic.This is a fictional tale, but one that provides such a similar perspective to Anne’s diary it could almost be read along side her words [...]

    8. "People who don’t have secrets imagine them as dark and hidden. It’s just the opposite. Secrets are bright. They light you up. Like the bare lightbulb left on in a cell day and night, they give you no rest.” This book starts with Joop visiting his brother William, confessing the crime he carried on his shoulders and was now sagged with guilt. He shares how this guilt Never let him have a normal life. Picturing himself as a victim as well, he talks about the life he lived or rather suffered [...]

    9. I usually prefer nonfiction accounts of WWII and the Holocaust. I don't think it is necessary to fictionalize an historical event that has so many primary sources available. The premise of this book is to tell the story of the thief who turned in the Frank family, hence the subtitle A Novel of Anne Frank. The tie to Anne Frank does not occur until the very end of the book (although the setup is provided in the first chapter). The novel is well written and provided an insight to WWII that I was n [...]

    10. People who don’t have secrets imagine them as dark and hidden. It’s just the opposite. Secrets are bright. They light you up. Like the bare lightbulb left on in a cell day and night, they give you no rest.” So thinks Joop, the narrator of this brief and bitter tale, whose secret is like no other. He has kept that secret for more than sixty years, but now his brother---whom he has not seen since the end of the war---has suddenly shown up at his door.Having grown up in North America with onl [...]

    11. I wish the writer would have given more details, the voice told the story, didn't show it. I was in Amsterdam, saw Anne Frank's house, and would have enjoyed a book 3x the size it was. (only 185 pgs). Great story, just wish there was more. (copied review) "'I am your brother,' said the stranger at the door." So begins the tale of an elderly man named Joop who, in present-day Amsterdam, describes his efforts as a young man to feed his starving family during the WWII Nazi occupation. So desperate [...]

    12. Great story -- it read like nonfiction! It all starts when a stranger knocks on Joop's door in Amsterdam 60+ years after the end of WWII and says that he is his brother, Willem. He has come to discover what his life was like as a child in Holland during the war.At the end of the war, Joop and Willem's mother took Willem and left Joop and his father for a Canadian officer and moved to North America. Bitter, Joop begins to tell Willem about their life during the war . . . Joop asks Willem if he kn [...]

    13. An interesting take on the story of Anne Frank, from the perspective of the man (or child) who betrayed her family to the Nazis.It brings up many ethical questions which could only be resolved with grey and very shaky, dubious answers. What would one do if the choice was watch your 4 year-old brother and sick father starve to death or betray what you perceive to be "rich Jews," living in a higher manner than you with food on their plates (peas, potatoes, and strawberries as opposed to boiled tul [...]

    14. The first chapter sets the stage, dramatically. Then, war-torn Europe; the children doing whatever they can to provide for their parents throughout, the horrors they endure, are nearly too much for this reader, except that I've heard it all before, in different words. Racism is AWFUL, so is bullying, and using a cane on a child. There I've said it. But Joop--Jacob(?) survives, and so does his little brother, and his father and mother.A carefully thought out story of the devastation, the friendsh [...]

    15. Recently I ran across a clipping from the Deseret News about this book and decided to send for it since Masterpiece Theatre is going to do Anne Frank's story this year and our book club is picking books soon. This isn't a story of Anne Frank perse'. It is told by an old man recounting the horrors of the German Occupation of Amsterdam during WWII when he was a boy. Who was Anne Frank's betrayer? Can hunger cancel out compassion? This book is a fascinating look at an adolecents desire to understan [...]

    16. Fikcja historyczna - Amsterdam podczas drugiej wojny światowej.Patrzymy oczami dorastającego chłopaka, który poza typowymi dla wieku konfliktami z rówieśnikami, starając się zasłużyć na miłość ojca (alkoholika), chwyta się dorywczych prac by pomóc rodzinie przetrwać wojnę. Najsłabszą stroną tej książki jest jej konstrukcja: nieoczekiwane spotkanie po latach, retrospekcja i już w pierwszym rozdziale dowiadujemy się, że bohater czuje się odpowiedzialny za wydanie Anny Fr [...]

    17. In Amsterdam, Joop is unexpectedly visited by his younger brother, who lived most of his life in North America with their mother. The siblings have not seen each other for about sixty years. Joop proceeds to share his remembrances of living under the Nazi occupation. We learn how his struggles to help his family survive (including eating tulip bulbs) ultimately lead him to be the informant who revealed the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family, although he did not realize it until years late [...]

    18. Randomnly picked this up at the library - the cover intrigued me. Started it last night and am caught up in the story right away - Netherlands, WWII - haven't heard a story from that perspective recently. Decent read - fictional account of the person who turned in the Frank family. The individual was the oldest son of a family who was doing all he could to take care of his family since his father became very ill. You can so easily relate to a boy on the brink of losing everything unless he can f [...]

    19. Throughout the book I was prepared to give it four stars until the end. I've taken a couple days to think about the book and wanted to rate it before my opinion of it dropped further. As of now I think it is more of a 2.7 than anything. I did not like Joop's conclusion that Anne Frank would do the same thing to save her family. I don't think it would have botherd me if you had come to this conclusion about a fictional character, but she was a real person and I'm not comfortable with that.I reall [...]

    20. This book went by too fast and didn't develop relationships enough to entice me. I thought the father / son relationship, specifically, should have been more though. I was also a bit frightened by the rage the narrator expresses toward Anne Frank. "What's so great about her book? I don't see it. A moody teenager, boy-crazy, she hates her mother, who cares? And spoiled! She gets twenty pounds of peas, with no appreciation of the danger people went through to deliver them or that the delivery woul [...]

    21. Joop is an elderly man, living alone in Amsterdam. Sixty years have passed since he has seen his younger brother Willem, who is now knocking on the apartment door. In the days of World War II, Joop’s mother abandoned the family for America, taking young Willem with her. Willem has returned, hoping to visit with his brother and learn of his childhood. Joop opens the door and the tension between him and Willem is undeniable. For Willem, things may have been better off leaving things unsaid. The [...]

    22. This book is deceptively simple. The plot and the tone are straightforward and pared-down, as is the writing style. It's the narrator who makes the book and the ethical questions it raises so complex. Of course the hook, that the main character claims to be the informer who betrayed Anne Frank and her family, is somewhat sensational and grabby, but the questions about what is true and what is acceptable are so layered that I literally could not come to a final conclusion about what I believed. W [...]

    23. This novel shows a new perspective of the tragedies of WWII. I could not put this book down. I sat with it for 3 hours and just read.Lourie stays in a first person narrative but makes it interesting by changing whom he is talking to; his brother, Anne Frank, the reader, even God.The descriptions of Joop's feeling towards each person in the story draws you into it. His discussions with people that cannot reply are intriguing. Lourie steals your interest from the first line of the book and never r [...]

    24. A Hatred For Tulips was a rather typical WWII novel, which I suppose I've become a bit hardened to after reading about the war from so many different perspectives in numerous novels. It began with an intriguing portrayal of the rise of Nazi power in Holland, but slowed in the middle with depictions of life for a child named Joop during the war. The last 40 pages, however, really sparked my interest with Joop's unapologetic realism (or perhaps pessimism), with the last three pages in particular b [...]

    25. This book gives us a perspective that is important in understanding the tragedy of WWII. Using Jews as tools to get what you need isn't defendable as moral behavior, yet given the time and the fear it does help us who didn't live that life understand how it could happen. The way this story unfolds is really compelling--and the pain that Joop underwent trying to feed his family during this terrible time helps put a human face on the betrayal of the most famous of all betrayals--revealing the hidi [...]

    26. This book is the dark twin to The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne was optimistic and hopeful. Joop, the main character in this book, although about the same age as Anne, was jaded and hardened. This is to be expected when you live through a terrible time and watch your family starve, die of disease and serve in an unjust war. It was a very interesting "other side of the coin" version that really made me think. There are always obvious victims in a war, but there are also victims that are not so appare [...]

    27. Set during WWII, in Amsterdam, the Nazi take over as viewed through the eyes of a young boy, Joop. As the war progresses, the Dutch population is starving and forced to eat tulip bulbs made into soup, thus the title of the book. As an adult Joop "hates" tulips because he knows what they taste like. The young Dutch boy, Joop, eventually discovers a way to bring food home to his starving family and very ill father. With the "help" of his Dutch Nazi uncle, Joop betrays the famous Dutch Jewish girl, [...]

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