Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Occupied Garden

In The Occupied Garden (McClelland & Stewart, 2008), Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski tell the story of their grandparents' experience of the II World War in the Netherlands. The book is well written and interesting. The authors did extensive research and nicely weave together the strands of the lives of their grandparents, the Royal Dutch family, the events of the war including the liberation by "onze Canadezen", and the challenges of immigration to Canada. Especially if you are of Dutch immigrant stock, you will enjoy this fine book. (The only disappointment is when one discovers, near the end, that the progeny of the Gereformeerd Opa and Oma have abandoned the faith.)