Title: Anna and the Swallow Man
Author: Gavriel Savit
Publish Date: January 26, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Kraków, 1939. A million
marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow
up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her
father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in
Poland. She’s alone.
And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is
a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little
magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him,
they see what he wants them to see.
The Swallow Man is not
Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her
father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a
gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he
summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from
crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness.
Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man
will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better
judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove
dangerous. Even the Swallow Man."
My Two Cents:
"Anna and the Swallow Man," young Anna's father never comes home. It's
the middle of World War II and it is not abnormal for people to simply
disappear. The Swallow Man comes to take Anna under his proverbial wing.
He is a mysterious man who will not tell Anna much if anything about
himself. Although they seem to have no connection, the Swallow Man takes
care of Anna and saves her from so many things throughout the book.
a sucker for WWII fiction. I love it! I love being sucked into another
time and place where the stakes are so high. For Anna and the Swallow
Man, there is danger around every corner. I loved the way the author
describes what they have to do to survive and to stay together. The
Swallow Man also teaches Anna a lot of things throughout the book and
there are some really beautiful passages and turns of phrase throughout
The ending of the book certainly did not give me very
much closure at all. The reader is free to imagine what happened to Anna
after the last page, which will have me thinking about the book for a
very long time. I did want there to be a little more hint of closure.
Where do they go after the book ends? Are they traveling forever? I did
want a little more detail towards the end but I'm torn because I think
the option to imagine what happened to Anna is a great one for the
reader. On the other hand, I would love another book to see where Anna's