After by Morris Gleitzman

Once, Then, Now and finally After…

After
the Nazis took my parents I was scared

After
they killed my best friend I was angry

After
they ruined my thirteenth birthday I was determined

To get to the forest

To join forces with Gabriek and Yuli

To be a family

To defeat the Nazis after all

After is the fourth book about Felix, but chronologically it is the third in his story falling between Then and Now. Set in the dying months of the Second World War it continues Felix’s story as a refugee and a partisan but always a survivor…
 
 

This book has affected me emotionally more than any book I have read in recently, sure there have been books that made me well up a bit here and there but After is different. It is a work of fiction but one that addresses real events, things that happened that are still within living memory. I have met and spoken to Survivors from the Holocaust and I think that this my be part of the reason that After moved me so much.

After finishing the book I did not think that I would be able to write a review, but here it is. Morris Gleitzman has captured the voice of a 13 year old living through the most horrific of times and by rights this book should be grim, sad and depressing.

Sad it is, grim – in laces definitely but it is leavened by Felix’s youthful exuberance and desires for a normal life, a family, wondering if Gabriek wants a son or Yuli a family. The characters are real, from partisans who hate Jews but hate Nazis just a little bit more to children who are forced into lievs their parents choose for them and moving beyond bigotry and trying to be more humane.

After made me sad and happy, after I finished reading it I walked around with a heavy feeling in my chest, it did more than mess with my emotions – it moved me and I hope that I never lose this feeling!

After is a book about life, loss, acceptance and finally hope.

WIN One of three copies of After by Morris Gleitzman, name the four books in order in the comments field, the competition will run until the 15th August.

By Matt Imrie on August 2, 2012 · Posted in Books, Reviews

9 Comments | Post Comment

Jayne Gould says:

Once, Then, After, Now – assuming you mean reading order rather than published order!

Posted on August 2nd, 2012

Carol Williams says:

Once
Then
Now
After

Posted on August 2nd, 2012

Julie gabriel says:

Once
Then
Now
After

Posted on August 2nd, 2012

Steve Palmer says:

Once, Then, Now, After

Posted on August 2nd, 2012

CazApr1 says:

Once, Then, Now, After in order of publication or Once, Then, After, Now in chronological order! Hope you’re enjoying SA 🙂

Posted on August 3rd, 2012

Gloria Clarke says:

Once, Then, After, Now.

Posted on August 4th, 2012

Gail Joslin says:

Once, Then, Now, After (publication)
Once, Then, After, Now (chronological)

A South African, I really miss the beaches, the mountains, the forests, the Cape Doctor, doing the wine routes, Kirstenbosch and its concerts, but most of all the SUNSHINE and the heat.

Posted on August 6th, 2012

ruan peat says:

once,
now,
then,
after

Posted on August 15th, 2012

Jennifer says:

Once
Then
Now
After
After was published last to tell readers about how the nazis were defeated and how Felix grew up and became a surgeon, kind of like a behind the scenes book

Posted on August 17th, 2012