Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal

Title: Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal
Author: Mal Peet
Primary Audience/age group: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
# Of pages: 432
Year of Release: 2007
Part of a Series? No
Rating: Shortlisted (Not Recommended)

Description: From book jacket: “When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War -- and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar’s life forever.”

Rating: Shortlisted for language and violence

Recommendation: Although this book won a Carnegie Medal, it turned out to be not suitable for young readers or some readers of any age for that matter. I read the first 17 pages and was offended by the amount of language thus far in the book. I was unable to finish it due to that reason. To give a fair review of the book, I’ve linked to Becky’s Book Reviews for her review of the book. It looks like the book was pretty violent in addition to the language.


Anonymous said...

I understand that the language was rough and the book was violent, but so was World War II. Any book that truthfully deals with the subject matter will have to be a little brutal. The book was an excellent read, and I walked away not remembering the language, but with the understanding of the trials and terrors the Resistant underwent and how history touches us even today.

Anna said...

I just read this book actually before seeing this post. I think the language/violence being unacceptable for people of all ages is a bit exaggerated because the fact is, that IS WWII. It is not acceptable for younger kids because they would not understand it and it is a bit heavy. But it is perfectly acceptable for teenagers. It covers a part of WWII history (the dutch resistance) that is not talked about much and it does so in a very real way. It was fascinating to me to learn more about what the Dutch underground was going through during the war, what conditions were like. In regard to the betrayal, I feel like it was a very intense portrayal of how easily a man's feelings can do a 180. I thought it a good reminder to guard our thoughts and hearts that Satan doesn't come in and tear us and our relationships apart from the inside.

Chong said...