How to describe Colditz? Hysterical with a touch of sadness. How I loved it? Let me count the ways….
Sooo Colditz is the true story of P.O.W.s of several nationalities and their endeavors to escape their German captors.
Reasons I love it:
#1. Pat has an amazing writing ability. His words stream into sentences running fluidly into paragraphs that flow into chapters creating a mesmerizing movie in your head.
#2. It is a true story. True escape stories are my especial forte (laced with humour, what could be better?).
#3. Somehow Lulu Lawton reminded me of Captain lawton from The Spy and he became a favorite.
#4. The pranks the men played on their friends and their captors. I ended up reading this out loud (minus a few parts) to my siblings because it was so funny.
#5. Their ingenuity set me to thinking, “Now how would I have escaped?” 😉
#6. The Polish/English lessons. My goodness gracious, I couldn’t stop laughing. I’ve never taught a foreigner English, but I’ve taught reading, and that seems to amount to the same thing. And grammar….ooooh, grammar.
#7. The men never gave up. It was amazing. With every trial that pushed them back they just kept plodding ahead. The generation this day and age could certainly use a lesson or two in endurance, in my opine.
Unfortunately this only gets 4 1/2 books because….you guessed it- curse words. There are quite a few choice words in this book. But if you have a sharpie in hand, charge ahead, this book is worth reading.
Be forewarned though, don’t try to read it all in a day. You’ll get a side ache from laughing too hard. XD
Ps. It is rather graphic at times (most P.O.W. books are).
Ps. 2. I read both the Colditz Story and The Latter Days at Colditz. Thus this shall be my review for both, till I convince Jo to read the latter.
Colditz By P.R Reid