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Read ð The Song of the Stork ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ï ‘Stephan Collishaw takes your hand and leads you into a world of tragic beauty inspiring strength and delicate kindness in the midst of horror’ Aiste DiržiuteFifteen year old Yael is on the run The Jewish girl seeks shelter from the Germans on the farmIs sparse and understated and it reminded me at times of The Secret Diary of Anne Frank which hints at the barbaric events going on in the world without ever displaying them in all their technicolour horror The writing is hauntingly beautiful and poetic' Madhouse Family Reviews'It is a refreshing read that is full of so much love and hope I really loved this book and is one that I have already been recommending' The Reading Lodge'There are so many beautiful moments in the story acts of kindness and small mercies that show human nature at its best he gets under the skin of his characters and brings them fully to life on the page' One More Page blog'The Song of the Stork is a beautifully written and poignant novel about a young girl in Poland during the Second World War a moving read about an awful period in history which is in fact troublingly relevant in the current political climate' A View from the Balcony blog'Collishaw has done a fine job of balancing historical reality with the license of fiction the grim facts of the holocaust with the poignancy of love and through all it he manages to offer a sense of optimism' Words and Leaves blog. I was torn somewhere between 2 and 3 stars for The Song of the Stork but ultimately decided to go with 2 The writing was spare and pretty good but there were narrative elements that really bugged meview spoilerFirst off this book has two different plots The first is about Yael and Aleksei and I did enjoy that portion The narrative seemed to match Collishaw's writing style However about halfway through the book the story changed It felt like Collishaw got tired of the plotline he'd started with and decided Nah I'm just gonna do something else The second half of the book introduces a new love interest Maksim Yael eventually gets cut off from him too and neither abruptly ended relationship is ever really resolved We never see or hear from Maksim again Yael visits Aleksei's house and it's clearly abandoned but what happened Is he alive Is he dead We just don't knowAt the very end of the book Yael is reunited with her brother Josef It would have been a nice moment but at that point I was frustrated that Collishaw seemingly couldn't let Yael be on her own and grow No matter what she always had to have a man taking care of her There are points here and there where it seemed like she was going to get some individual character growth but then she'd get a new love interest Or a new guy to watch out for her Or her brother magically reappeared In the end it was just frustrating hide spoiler

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‘Stephan Collishaw takes your hand and leads you into a world of tragic beauty inspiring strength and delicate kindness in the midst of horror’ Aiste DiržiuteFifteen year old Yael is on the run The Jewish girl seeks shelter from the Germans on the farm of the village outcast Aleksei is mute and solitary but as the brutal winter advances he reluctantly takes her in and a delicate relationship developsAs her feelings towards Aleksei change the war intrudes and Yael is forced to join a Jewish partisan group fighting in the woodsTorn apart and fighting for her life The Song of the Stork is Yael's story of love hope and survival It is the story of one woman finding a voice as the voices around her are extinguishedWhat Reviewers and Readers Say'An elegantly crafted beautifully written novel about love survival and hope against all the odds The Song of the Stork is a reading experience to savour' William Ryan'At once tightly written and suspenseful Collishaw's historical novel is a darkly compassionate fable of human endurance in absolute extremity' Stevie Davies'The subtle melody of The Song of the Stork caught my soul with its first notes. Distinctive memorable and poignant How such a slim volume can pack this much emotional punch I have no idea Its vivid life shattering horrors seized a little of my heart with every passing chapter During these uncertain times the contours of people’s bodies changed in tandem with the landscape; the deep ridges ploughed by German tanks mirror rib cages covered by streamers of shapeless rags as persecuted human beings are reduced to scarecrows shivering in the fields they may have once owned Through exceptional and sensitive narration the unbearable grief of what is to come will stir your soul The Song of the Stork will drag you into the thicket to crouch alongside Yael a mere fifteen year old alone and stricken by hunger and fear as war tightened its steely grip And yet even when all other doors have been firmly closed to her she found the courage to prospect for one that may be openUnder circumstances less gruelling than these it would be difficult to conjure optimism but to convey the infinite joy of finding shelter in a chicken coop is the work of a truly gifted author The initial reception Yael received from the owner of the coop is neither welcoming nor hostile Aleksei simply shows her a pamphlet as a stark warning for those breaking the law by helping the Jewish community This non verbal communication is his first tentative step of acknowledging her presenceYael has heard the rumours of this young man of course she has People mocked him for never uttering a word anyone saying he was crazy and should be left alone Witnessing the thoughtful and perceptive progression of how he adapted to the disturbance of his guest's unexpected arrival was a pure triumphIn a ravaged world where tomorrow may never arrive you would be forgiven for mistaking the modest luxuries of having a floor to sleep on or having a shallow bath of warm water to relieve your itching skin for security or even love As an agreeable routine lays down its roots it is uickly followed by the first shoots of fondness which miraculously flourishes into something profoundly beautiful But this humble isolated life is not free from danger as unforgiving enemies continually threaten to force their way in The Song of the Stork captures the very essence of survivors longing for the wind to change and bring whispers of hope with it Until then they embrace the conviction to not only salvage what remains of life but to live it however challenging that may prove to be An extraordinary read Truly extraordinary My thanks to Legend Press for providing a copy of this title It is my absolute pleasure to provide this unbiased review

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The Song of the StorkAnd didn't leave me until the very last ones Stephen Collishaw takes your hand and leads you into a world of tragic beauty inspiring strength and delicate kindness in the midst of horror and through this journey he reminds you of the sound of hope'  Aiste Diržiute'A harrowing novel about a Jewish girl abandoned in World War 2 and forced to fend for herself in a landscape crawling with sexual ambiguity and brutal violence It’s a dark jewel that holds up for examination the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love Yet The Song of The Stork is as much about the future as the past Stephan Collishaw warns us how the times we live in might end up with an oafish peasantry drunk on Brexit chasing children through the woods just because their parents voted Remain' Guy Kennaway' a masterly work of condensed fiction that synthesises the art of a great writer with the knowledge of a keen researcher who has become immersed in the first hand sources of the period A beautiful book that will go down as one of the classics of the literature of the anti Nazi partisans in the forests around Vilna during the Holocaust' David Katz 'The prose. I really enjoyed this novel I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting It's a beautifully written tale about a young girl's harrowing journey during the Second World War It's about survival love friendship and keeping faith and hope when the odds are stacked against you It was haunting and eerie and kept me on the edge of my seat I loved the story but it was lacking a bit of emotional depth for me I felt like I never became completely consumed with the story like I usually get when reading books such as this It also could have used detail in a lot of areas I found myself uestioning things that were never addressedwondering what the answers were I also wish the ending gave us a little However I really enjoyed it Fans of WWII historical fiction should definitely read this I received a copy of this book from NetGalleyLegend Press in exchange for an honest review