- By Judith Kerr

The Other Way Round

  • Title: The Other Way Round
  • Author: Judith Kerr
  • ISBN: 9780006712343
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Other Way Round It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs But it is even harder for Anna who is still offici

    It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an enemy alien Those bombs are coming from Germany the country that was once her own If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibIt is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an enemy alien Those bombs are coming from Germany the country that was once her own If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibly survive

    1 thought on “The Other Way Round

    1. Well, it is an OK book, with some interesting developments and not badly written. The peculiar situation of an émigré German Jew family escaped from the Nazi persecutions, and living in England during the War, is portrayed by the author in quite an insightful and sensitive manner. The environment of London during the bombing raids is also credibly and atmospherically recreated.I must say however that the book is in some parts quite "teenagerish" (well, not so surprising and not really a fault, [...]

    2. My copy of this is titled Bombs on Aunt Dainty. It's a brilliant sequel to When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.Now Anna is in London. (This is quite strange: I know almost all of the places she mentions, but in a later incarnation.) The war is on and she's in the middle of tbe blitz - a German refugee. It's a beautiful coming-of-age novel. Her family is in extreme poverty, she leaves school, does a secretarial course, finds work. She starts art classes, falls in love with her art teacher, and becomes [...]

    3. Brilliant sequel. If you enjoyed "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" then you will find this next book equally fascinating. Kerr is a fantastic writer and describes life throughout WW2 and the Blitz in vivid detail, without being overly descriptive. This is a quick and easy read suitable for readers of all ages. I'm looking forward to reading the last book in this trilogy - "A Small Person, Far Away".

    4. Absolutely brilliant. I loved how Anna is trying to deal with adolescence, finding herself, love, her family, supporting herself and her family through the absolute poverty they have to deal with. In the first book Anna says she will never feel like a refugee as long as she is with her family, then at the start of this book you immediately find out that she is no longer living with them which is quite interesting. An excellent book about coming of age during WW2.

    5. Written for older children, this is Judith Kerr`s second autobiography and takes place during her teenage years in London during the blitz. Highlights the difficulties faced at that time by German Jew immigrants as Hitler prepares to invade Britain.

    6. The sequel to When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Other Way Round is a darker, more sober book. Anna is now in London, war is hitting home, and she is growing up. Adolescence is not easy, and in the middle of wartime, it is even less.Kerr's writing remains ineffable. She is precise, concise, and exact. Each word has a weight, a value to it, that creates a deceptively simple and yet intensely acute effect. Anna / Judith is growing up. She is in love, she is out of love, she is hurt, she is happy, [...]

    7. I can't help thinking the editor/publisher must have chosen the title for this book, since Aunt Dainty doesn't appear until over halfway through the book, and the bomb in question not until very near the end.The second volume in Kerr's WW2 memoirs; Vol 1 was chopped off in mid-conversation on arrival in London. Fast forward several years, and Anna is now fifteen. She and her parents are living in a "hotel" (ie boarding house) for European refugees while her beloved brother is studying law at Cam [...]

    8. Bombs on Aunt Dainty follows a teenager called Anna. Her and her family left Germany and moved to England in 1933 to escape Hitler. The story follows Anna as she tries to settle in London. It is World War II and it shows how she copes with living and growing up in a new country as a German and how her and her family deal with the London bombings. We see how she goes from living with an American family, goes to Secretary College, moves into a hotel with her parents, gets her own job and joins an [...]

    9. Unglaublich berührend und unvorstellbar schlimm, wie diese Familie leben "musste".Dieser Band hat mir genauso gut gefallen wie der erste aber er hat mich noch mehr berührt, weil Anna in diesem Buch zwischen 15 bis 18 Jahre alt ist und ich in der gleichen Altersklasse bin und ich nicht mal ansatzweise darüber nachdenken muss, woher meine Familie und ich das Geld von unsere Mahlzeiten nehmen müssen und ob wir es uns nächste Woche noch leisten können in unserem Zuhause zu leben. Furchtbare Ze [...]

    10. I loved this, perhaps even more than When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. It takes Anna from 15 to about 19, through the end of her schooling and into her first job, along with her discovery of art (this was particularly well-described). It was interesting to read about the Blitz, and later the Doodlebugs, from her perspective, and although I have heard many stories from my parents' experience I learned quite a lot too.

    11. Not as good as the first one. I HATED John cotmore (or whatever his last name was). I don't know how Anna could ever fall for such an old, awful person. He's about 40, and she's 18 for crying out loud!Even from the start, he just seemed to have 'danger' written all over him.It made my liking for Anna go down. Also, Anna seemed really immature for her age. But other than that, a good book.

    12. I got this - man, I think it was two years ago now. I had started looking up my favorite old children's authors and found out that there were not just one but two sequels to one of my favorite books from y childhood - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I know, an odd YA book to give a kid in the 80s but my older sister and I read it over and over. It's a fictionalized account of her fleeing from Germany at the start of World War II and it was terrifying and fascinating and something I read repeatedl [...]

    13. I love Judith Kerr's books a lot, this is my favourite.I liked it better than when hitler stole pink rabbit, even though that was really good too. The Other way round is more adult, and sadder in parts too, but I found it very engaging and insightful into the themes of growing up and becoming an "adult", especially in the face of difficulties in life.I felt like in this book, Judith/Anna is older and so she is more reflective about everything as opposed to when she was a child, when life was jus [...]

    14. Uno de los puntos fuertes de esta novela juvenil es el estudio y descripción de la ambientación histórica, en el Londres de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. La novela cuenta uno de los aspectos poco conocidos del conflicto (al menos por mi parte) que es como fue la situación de los refugiados judío-alemanes en Gran Bretaña entre 1939 y 1945, todo ello bajo la perspectiva de su protagonista, una adolescente.Tengo que admitir que aunque me gustó la primera parte (Cuando Hitler robó el conejo ros [...]

    15. Bombs on Aunt Dainty followed the lives of Anna and her family in London after their move from Paris. It started off few years after the ending of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit with a sixteen years old Anna, separated from her family due to financial circumstances. I found this book to be more exciting than When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as the events here occurred during the war. Furthermore, there were also mentions of popular authors of the era such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, P.G. [...]

    16. When I was tiny The Tiger who Came to Tea was my absolute favourite book in the world. I don't know what thrilled me more - the tiger or Sophie going out for dinner (sausages! chips! ice cream!) in her nightie. A few years later I read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and it became instantly one of the iconic books which defines my childhood, read over and over and over again. But it wasn't until many years later as a bookseller shelving in the children's section that I realised the author was one [...]

    17. I couldn't stop at reading two of Judith Kerr's books; I had to learn about the author herself. I find her books so enlightening about the WWII years and since my dad served in England during WWII and his mum was from England, I feel a general affinity with the topic. This book continued a family's journey away from Germany to a new life. I wish I could sit down and talk to Ms Kerr--I'd ask how much of the story was autobiographical. From things I've read, it sounds like most of the story is rel [...]

    18. Un libro con menos encanto que su primera parte (Cuando Hitler robó el conejo rosa), un libro más del montón, pero que no aburre en absoluto. En este libro se pierde el que quizás es el elemento más valioso del primer libro: la visión infantil, la inocencia e ingenuidad con las que un niño vive las situaciones que se narran en el libro. Este sigue siendo algo parecido, una especie de diario de la vida cotidiana de la protagonista, pero aquí ya se ha convertido en una mujercita: si el lib [...]

    19. This is the second in Judith Kerr's autobiographical trilogy and follows when Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. In Bombs on Aunt Dainty Anna (Judith) is living as a refugee from Nazi Germany with her mother and father and brother in blitz-torn London.It is, of course, beautifully written and is quite the best account of the lives of refugees from Nazi Germany that I've read. Judith recalls the growing pains of an adolescent girl, falling in love for the first time, seeking a job and earning money and th [...]

    20. The best thing about Bombs on Aunt Dainty is the main character, Anna. I really felt as though I was living her life – being frustrated at the measly food rations, her fear that at any moment a bomb could kill everyone she is close to, and not forgetting the first completely humiliating experience of unrequited love.In fact the most wonderful aspect to Kerr’s tale is the characters’ refusal to let the war dampen their spirits. Instead they live each day to the full – enjoying small pleas [...]

    21. I found this book sorting through donated books at school (most of which I didn't want), and it caught my eye because it's a 1979 Dell Laurel-Leaf paperback, and of course many of the best books were published by that imprint.I didn't realize that this is a sequel to When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I brought it home to read because I noticed that it presents yet another different perspective on World War II: that of a German Jewish refugee family in London. Anna and her parents struggle on throug [...]

    22. Although this was as well-written as the other two novels, it was the weakest of the three. The sense of waiting for something big to happen (namely for the war to end) is palpable but not terribly interesting. The details of the nightly bombings was vividly retold, though. I did get a bit frustrated with the father character - the family certainly supported his claim that he was so intellectual he was good for nothing else practical, but I know few parents (male or female) who wouldn't do whate [...]

    23. Judith Kerr continues her life story as Anna in this sequel that picks up not long from where When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit left off. Anna has learnt English and lives with her parents in London whilst the bombs rain down during World War II. She gets a job and develops her artistic skills with night classes. As I have had a copy of The Tiger Who Came To Tea sitting beside me as I read about her delight when her teacher praises her efforts and how the pavement rang under her feet all the way hom [...]

    24. I really enjoyed reading more into Anna's life, although this one was quite a bit sadder then the first. The reason for this being that Anna was considerably older and, therefore, more aware of what was going on around her and the seriousness of the situation.And just as a side note, just once would I like to read about an affair with an older married and/or teacher guy that actually works out, despite this not being as bad as it could've been since he obviously felt some remorse for what happen [...]

    25. Nachdem ich "Als Hitler das rosa Kanninchen stahl" vor vielen Jahren mal gelesen habe, habe ich jetzt erst die Fortsetzung zur Hand genommen. Das Buch hat mir gut gefallen, es erzählt die Geschichte von Anna und ihrer Familie, die den zweiten Weltkrieg als Flüchtlinge in London erleben. Ich fand es besonders interessant, die damaligen Geschehnisse aus einer weniger bekannten Perspektive kennenzulernen und werde wohl bald noch den abschliessenden Teil dieser Reihe lesen.

    26. This one is the best so far, Anna is grown up and she is trying to survive in London, while the city is constantly bombed by the German's force. Her first love and her love for art. Beautiful.Questo é il migliore fino ad ora. Anna é cresciuta e sta cercando di sopravvivere e di trovare la sua strada in una Londra distrutta dai bombardamenti tedeschi. Il suo primo amore ed il suo amore per l'arte. Bello.

    27. Found this when helping my mum get some of our old children's books down from the attic for my nephews. I remember loving it (and the first one, When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit, too - not sure if I ever read the third in the series). And it was still good on this revisit. The books are a fictionalised version of the author's own early escape from Nazi Germany and her subsequent childhood and young adulthood as a refugee, first in Paris, but mainly in London.

    28. Thoroughly enjoyed Judith Kerr's wartime books.It's fascinating to see what her life was like. Although every aspect is not biographical the general sense of the story is.Recommended reading, for children & adults alike.This second book is certainly aimed at slightly older children than the first, as it starts to deal with love and loss.

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