Monday, September 1, 2008

A Hatred For Tulips

A Hatred for Tulips by Richard Lourie is in the point of view of a man who grew up during the time of World War II. This man, Joop, opens the door to his little brother Willem, who Joop hasn't seen for over 50 or 60 years. Willem had come over to Holland from America to learn about what his family went through during WWII and to get to know his brother.
Joop has a secret though. He tells his brother that he was the one who found the hiding place of Anne Frank.

The first chapter is an introduction of sorts, when the brothers meet and what is said about their family. Every chapter after is Joop speaking to Willem and telling him about the time from "before you twins were born" all the way to when he found the secret annex. Part II then is an interuption by Willem. Joop blames his betrayal of Anne Frank on Willem. Willem was a toddler then, how could he have told the Nazis where his brother had been? No, it wasn't Willem physically, it was the thought of Willem in Joops mind that drove him to do it. Now, as Joop is an old man he realizes that he had done things to help her without knowing, and she had lived an easier life during the war than many families of the Dutch. The "good Dutch" as they say. Then Part III which is then end it pretty much sums up the whole book, ending with the quote "Would I lie to my own brother."

If you've read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, then you'll enjoy this refreshingly different point of view. Overall, I liked the book, even though I had barely any time to read it. So...I bid you goodbye at that. Go read a book!

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