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I couldn't agree with you more Tania... I found both the book and the film trite, contrived and predictable. My then 16 yr old daughter agreed. There are so many better books out there to study.
I have taught "Letters form the Coffin Trenches" to my Yr 11 CEN class..this year and it certainly sparked some thought about the 'glory" compared to the reality of war... and who the real enemy may have been.
I do love your contributions for their.. always slight irreverance... keep them coming.
Lynne Gardiner, BA, Dip Ed, Dip Tching.
Director International Students
Sacred Heart College
250 West Tamaki Rd, Glendowie
Auckland, New Zealand 1071
Phone: 029 200 8993
From: Phillip Roxborogh [mailto:roxboroghptxtra.co.nz]
Sent: Wed 2/06/2010 9:42 p.m.
What I have found interesting, as I have moved from beautiful young teacher (lol) to wise older mother (hen) is that, in the twenty years in between, there has been a shift in attitude toward this terrible story. Thanks to authors and filmmakers, we get a really vivid portrayal of that terrible time. My own grandfather (and father-in law) suffered through WW2 in North Africa and Egypt but I've since become friends with people whose fathers were in those terrible camps. God, I don't know how they managed to come back in one piece.
Personally, I dislike Boy In The Stripped PJ;s - as did my own (then 12 year old - what a stupid ending!). As a reader and a writer, I have a philosophical problem with killing off the main character (I want happy endings people!!!) which is why I was so upset at the end of Libba Bray's latest (Going Bovine. - but, seriously, Tania, if the blurb says the main character has mad cow disease, why could you think anything else might happpen????). At least Libba Bray doesn't try to pretend it is all sweet and nice.
As a teacher, I am David and The Wave ignite much more thought. Why would you: travel so far and so long? risk your career? choose to do bad things?'
Boy in the Stripped PJ's, IMHO does not ignite such thoughts for the young. Yes, for you and I who have seen and read all manner of literature of the holocaust. Throw out Z for Zac and Striped PJs but keep the others which niggled away at our consciousness.
My daughter's teacher studied The Wave with the class last year and now I have a vehementily arduous young woman who is currently P***seed at Israel for its treatment of those aboard that boat. She's angry and this mother will not stand in her way while she considers her latest task: have we really evolved?
There. Said my piece.
who is: humble teacher, mother and sometime recognised author *grin*------------------------------------------------------------
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