No doubt there has been a little careful shaping of his narrative but he is a beguiling guide. For him, there is no escape. Yes, it's a horrifying and disturbing topic. When the Germans came to get them on October 1, very few Jews could be found. In 1955 he became the German ambassador to Denmark, and in 1971, two years before his death, Duckwitz was honored by Israel as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. When you hear about parental child abuse in the newspaper or on the tv it's normally about the court proceedings or the accused and very rarely any information about what happens to the abused child. .
And this kindness has multiple facets: it can save your life and make you witness magical moments in foreign lands, but it can also be nagging you to admit the greatness of these foreign lands instead of letting you enjoy your trip, or even ask you to pay back for the kindness that you received, in money or unwelcome intimacy. I absolutely adored this book. I felt so attached to the characters in this novel, and Kittle a middle school English teacher! There is a fairly good variety of locales covered, though it's a bit light on the European side of things--a bit more on Asian and Middle Eastern travels. Did he grow from the travel experience? There is a lot of sin in this world I contribute to it as well but I just feel that as a Christian I really don't need to know all the details of those who have completely given their lives over to perversion and selfishness. All I owned was a bag with a few kilos of clothes…. The Kindness of Strangers is a collection of true stories about traveling.
Of course it broke my heart as we know this really does exist every day. The Danes, aware of how the German bureaucracy functioned, forwarded their packages with a receipt that had to be signed and returned to the sender. Now more than ever, we need disciples in America, who know what they believe and why they believe it. The author did a great job not losing me. I was impressed with who they were and who they became. Most of these stories should have never seen the light of day. As a not-so-clean-looking hippie in the nineteen-sixties I used to hitchhike across America without a penny, but the police were less than helpful.
The pieces are exciting, moving, and thoughtful and most short enough to enjoy over a work break. In honesty, I could not put it down. Too many ended without endings, leaving you hanging. Their hands were lifted toward heaven. Was this because the rural heartland of America just has more Christians than other parts or because Christians were more eager to lend a helping hand than the non-religious? They had already packed small bags, put on as many layers of clothing as they could, and fled. I guess we need more Nate's in the world to convince us we have enough to give, Danny's to not hold a grudge and forgive and Sarah's to have patience and well, be the mom. I suppose I could say, I feel Mike went out to rediscover himself in a sense and what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
The rotating points of view were easy to follow and I liked hearing the different perspectives. Even the police are helpful to him. I wanted to wrap my arms around him and protect him from his crazy, uncontrollable world, though I knew a warm embrace would be the last thing on earth that would ever comfort him. For better or worse, the emotions and reactions in this book are true to real life, as unfortunate as that can sometimes be. I was so absorbed in the story that I actually found myself holding my breath on pages where I couldn't read fast enough to find out what would happen next. Let me explain: First of all, life is too short to finish a book I don't love, and I'd never, ever review a book I hadn't finished. I don't think it's possible for me to give this book the review it deserves.
All the unspeakable things happen to Jordan before the book begins, but as Sarah and Nate and the reader discover how horrible the abuse was, we sink deeper and deeper into the abyss. The Kindness of Strangers is a compelling novel of survival and the healing power of love. I read it quickly and I enjoyed Mike's ability to let us into his life as well as his journey. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart--the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes. I won't go into too much more detail about the plot.
There are a couple statistics in here but it doesn't shove anything down your throat. The Laden family, Jordan, and the various professionals are all likeable enough as characters, and I think the author did a decent job illuminating a really difficult subject within the context of a family saga. However, there is also tremendous good. There may never have been that gaping hole. I would highly recommend this book. My husband gave Mike, his business card, offered him a ride and prayed with him. The intro by the Dalai Lama just sets it perfectly.
Liked: I love reading travel books because I feel like I get to know places without having to move. Maybe now we start finding adventure and things really start to take off now! This heartbreaking novel takes us on the same journey as the child who finds when his parents are arrested he cannot look after himself so is hospitalised and under the care of psychologists and social workers. When he heard the news, he rushed home to prepare his family to flee, but he had no idea where they would go. This book completely consumed my thoughts. Meanwhile Morgana is searching for Finna in the woods at the same time as Merlin. I'm not saying that the poor folks can't be generous, but I'm not sure it was fair to say that had he been hitchhiking through a more affluent area, if he wouldn't have been treated just as well. But it is not a very good book.