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quotes The Plum Tree, litcharts The Plum Tree, symbolism The Plum Tree, summary shmoop The Plum Tree, The Plum Tree 9aac65a7 A Deeply Moving And Masterfully Written Story Of Human Resilience And Enduring Love, The Plum Tree Follows A Young German Woman Through The Chaos Of World War II And Its Aftermath Bloom Where You Re Planted, Is The Advice Christine Bolz Receives From Her Beloved Oma But Seventeen Year Old Domestic Christine Knows There Is A Whole World Waiting Beyond Her Small German Village It S A World She S Begun To Glimpse Through Music, Books And Through Isaac Bauerman, The Cultured Son Of The Wealthy Jewish Family She Works ForYet The Future She And Isaac Dream Of Sharing Faces Greater Challenges Than Their Difference In Stations In The Fall Of , Germany Is Changing Rapidly Under Hitler S Regime Anti Jewish Posters Are Everywhere, Dissenting Talk Is Silenced, And A New Law Forbids Christine From Returning To Her Job And From Having Any Relationship With Isaac In The Months And Years That Follow, Christine Will Confront The Gestapo S Wrath And The Horrors Of Dachau, Desperate To Be With The Man She Loves, To Survive And Finally, To Speak Out Set Against The Backdrop Of The German Home Front, This Is An Unforgettable Novel Of Courage And Resolve, Of The Inhumanity Of War, And The Heartbreak And Hope Left In Its Wake

10 thoughts on “The Plum Tree

  1. says:

    I had the honor to read the original version of The Plum Tree before my dear friend Ellen even had an agent When I started reading it, I could not put it down Although it takes place in war torn Germany during the reign of Hitler, the story is about the German people, their diversity, their strength , their conviction and their perseverance I believe that this book will appeal to readers of so many genres including historical and romance It is an absolutely fabulous read and especially poignant as many of the details in the story are from Ellen s family s experiences.

  2. says:

    I had a hard time sticking with Ellen Marie Wiseman s tale of a WW II romance between a Jewish Boy and an German girl in the beginning There was almost too much description of place meeting every flower and chicken in the town, so to speak, and Wiseman kept flinging German phrases into the story then immediately translating them in an annoying way The central character, Christine, is part of a German family that was almost too morally disengaged from National Socialism to be realistic very goody two shoes although I am well aware not all Germans were Nazis Since I had committed to read the book it was a Bookbrowse ARC I stuck with it and ended up immersed in the story, which included lots of family trauma for both Christine and her boyfriend and provides a very realistic depiction of life in the war zone and in the German concentration camps I d also note the undying love between those two seems to develop initially for no discernible reason I felt like time could have been spent on what drew them together since their relationship seems to start as a crush, and is suddenly such a deep love they will do anything for each other even after months apart Where did that come from, especially since he is Jewish in a Nazi managed society and she is not the twist at the end seems a bit contrived, and her relationship with an American soldier seems a bit underdeveloped why is he so willing to help It s fine if he s just a nice guy, but we don t really understand his motivation For all the things Wiseman has left out, the book feels too long, mostly because she is so determined to describe the physical landscape in which the characters find themselves in so much detail I think she needs a lot of editing.

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    This book has been for too long on my TBR, and it was one that really intrigued me Admittedly it was mostly due to the beautiful cover design The eerie, yet colorful image grabbed me and stayed plastered to my subconscious for a very long time.It is not the best novel about the Holocaust and WWII, that I have read , but it was a gripping fictional memoir, based on a true story As a memoir it was very well done The author has a good narrative style Nothing in the book is new, but what made it outstanding was the counter perspective it provided in the collective German experience Since it is based on a true story, the events was not over dramatized, although the experiences of Christine Bolz and her family had hair raising moments It was just so well described In the end the book made me cry Literally The fictional character and protagonist, Christine, was a headstrong seventeen year old girl who refused to give up on her family, dreams, love and friends This would lead to unimaginable hardships which they barely survived Rations were in place when the official war broke out houses were stripped of all metal, including cutlery and personal items even the heavy church bells were confiscated to serve the German war effort Hunger was common stale bread was a life saver Christine planted the seed of a plum tree to confirm her believe in hope and survival To demonstrate that this devastating experience will end and new growth can happen, if they all just believe it can.She refused to step back in the face of adversity and stood tall when her family and friends were captured by the Nazis As a non Jewish citizen, in love with a Jewish young man, her fate was as destined as his This tale gripped me, touched me deeply I know it is a story that will forever linger in my subconscious The hardship of the family was bad, the reading experience very good The Plum Tree is a perfect tribute to the hell and damnation of WWII and why it should never, ever happen again It is a superb addition to the historical fiction experience.

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    While the blurb say masterfully written, that is not my overall assessment The Plum Tree is about life from the other side of the coin in WW2 the life of a German girl and her family This is a point of view I have not really considered until now Christine is 17 in 1938 and in love for the first time with Isaac, who has Jewish grandparents She is heartbroken when Hitler passes one of his many decrees and Isaac and his family are ferried in the dead of night to places unknown Christine and her family are appalled at the Fuhrer s new ruling they are opposed to his ideas As the war begins and then progresses, Christine s family feel the repercussions all able men are taken away to the army, rationing begins and only Nazi radio can be accessed 1939 becomes 1940, 1941, 1942 The family s hardship worsens meagre starvation rations, no word from their father and they are forced to attend rallies for Hitler When a prisoners work detail is one day marched through the town, Christine sees Isaac and remarkably Isaac escapes She happily shelters him in the attic but her life turns into a nightmare when the SS find Isaac and they are both thrown into Dachau.Ellen Marie Wiseman says that her first manuscript of 280,000 words was rejected so she cut and revised the story But to me, this is where the novel fails it feels abridged, I could not feel thoroughly invested because some details felt like they were skimmed over More detail on the Dachau aspect conditions of prisoners, their food, their work, treatment from the guards etc would have help me feel connected to the story I do think the author shows promise but the subject matter needed application There are some problems with modern sayings such as in the moment and snuck and the like and also a few English comprehension flaws which better editing could have remedied She also constantly refers to the place that Christine lives as a village but then says Christine ran six blocks to Isaac s house six blocks in a village The idea I have of a village does not have six blocks in it At the Nazi rally, she say thousands of Nazi soldiers filed into the sqaure thousands I don t know but that doesn t seem likely to me the Germans using thousands of their soldiers at a rally in a village Maybe Overall, an average read and hoping that her next novel What She Left Behind shows Wiseman coming into her own 3

  5. says:

    Christine, I want you to understand something War makes perpetrators of some, criminals of others, and victims of everyone Not all of the soldiers on the front are fighting for Hitler and his ideals Just because a soldier is in the battle, doesn t mean that he believes in the war The Plum Tree is a story of a young girl Christine and her family during WWII and the Nazi occupation of Germany Beyond that, it is a tale of love and survival, of loss and strength, and a tale of hope It is historical fiction, woven with a tale of romance between a young German girl and a young German Jew at the height of the terror in Nazi occupied Germany We have all learned about WWII, Nazi Germany, the concentration camps, and the horrors that befell Jews in Eastern Europe during Hitler s reign however, this book brought this rich and terrifying history to life through the eyes of a young German girl and her family in ways that I had not experienced before This is the first book that I have read from a German viewpoint rather than that of a concentration camp or German Jew s perspective And the story was chilling.Christine is a sympathetic protagonist who was easy to identify with When the book opens, she is only 17 and is in love with a young Jewish boy from a well to do family Predictably although I don t mean this as a slight , their world changes when the war begins and Jewish families are targeted by Hitler and his men We follow Christine through the changes in her hometown including air raids, bombings, rationing of food, destruction, Jewish families being whisked away in the night to work campus, street shootings, and unspeakable violence We often are not sure what has come of Christine s father who was sent off to fight in the army or Isaac, Christine s love who is likely sent away for being Jewish.Ellen Marie Wiseman writes this novel from personal experience as a first generation German American, Ellen Marie spent much of her life between Germany and America, and heard many tales from family members who lived during this time and experienced these unspeakable horrors This gives the novel a freshness and a truthfulness that is easy to see.To say you loved this book feels wrong it is haunting and heartbreaking and horrific but it is also a lovely tale of young love and the heroism and spirit of a young German girl living in an unspeakably cruel world in a horrible period in Germany s history That being said, this book is certainly a new favorite of mine and will be cherished forever Although I thought I knew a great deal about this time period, WWII and Nazi Occupied Germany, I was wrong The perspective and the details from this story will undoubtedly stay with me forever The copy I read was an ARC which I was fortunate to be able to borrow, and I look forward to getting my hands on my own personal copy when The Plum Tree hits the shelves on December 24

  6. says:

    This is a story of the war , of the grave injustices , the horrors of the concentration camps It is a story of unmitigated hate , but it is also a love story , a story of death and survival It s a story that reminds us of the holocaust but also reminds us of the resilience of some of the survivors and that not all Germans were Nazis We ve seen real examples of how Jews were helped by notable people such as Oskar Schindler but this novel reminds us that there were others , ordinary German citizens who were brave and bold enough to leave bread and cheese along the way as prisoners marched or tried to hide Jews from the Nazis The author tells us in notes and in a Q A at the end of the book that her inspiration was the experience of her German grandparents during WWII Oma had tried to help, risking her life to set out food for passing Jewish prisoners , even though she could barely feed her own children In order to portray her family s story , the perspective here is that of a German girl who is not Jewish and not a Nazi The impact of the war on the lives of ordinary German people men drafted into the army even if they didn t believe in what Hitler wanted to do, women and children left hungry , their villages bombed Wiseman does not ignore the horrors experienced by the Jews because she tells us Isaac s story , the Jewish man who Christine loves.Early on in the novel , I had the same criticism as some others about the writing There were lengthy descriptions and what seemed like contrived metaphors This changed somewhere along the line and it became much gripping read Actually, I read every chance I had for the last two days wanting to know the fate of Christine and Isaac and their families.

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    Started off as a 4 star and gradually became a 2.5 Oh, I so, so wanted to like this I d heard so much about it and recognized the home village really, a town in the first chapter as the very one in which I spent a lovely, meaningful summer The story had such promise, but too often, I wanted to throw the book across the room Reasons therefore 1 The heavy fisted Defense of the Good German I m actually quite sympathetic, but sometimes this felt like a defense in the guise of a novel Our heroine s concerns about the Nazis were often cloaked in a perspectives that didn t at all seem to line up with her station in life and education 2 A lot of telling instead of showing We hear a lot about the hard work of Mutti, but we despite the long descriptions, we don t see it The central love affair begins in the first chapter, but the couple have fallen in love before the book begins We don t see that attraction that cements the book together Why on earth is she friends with Kate 3 The last third of the book reads completely as a Plot Device So That Our Heroine Must Return I think I may have said out loud Really Must we 4 The character of Stefan Twiddle your handlebar mustache But I did read it all and I do think the author has quite a bit of potential I agree with previous reviews, but was willing to overlook the ber description and gratuitous use of German phrases with inconsistent definitions And, in reading the Author s Note, I gather she was trying to include as many anecdotes as possible, in homage to her mother and grandmother, but it made for scenes that didn t further the narrative especially in the final third of the book , which tried my patience Perhaps a memoir would have been fitting In the meantime, I m puzzled with the strong reviews, wish there had been a much stronger hand as editor and rewriting the book in my head.

  8. says:

    This is the first book I ve read by Ellen Marie Wiseman I ll read this author again Its clear Ellen Marie Wiseman has excellent STORYTELLING talent Her writing flows Its an Historical novel, historically accurate , about the Holocaust a topic I know much about from family members friends being Jewish other books on the Holocaust ongoing education with the intention to remember It might seem at first anyway that what makes this book unique is that the narrator is a young GERMAN girl.and the camp is not staged in Auschwitz Yet I actually don t find the book all that unique not today in 2013 I suppose if I had read this book 40 years ago I might have found the German perspective of an awakening But I m 61 I ve read many books from BOTH sides of the Holocaust we ve know that many GOOD German people were victims and heros in the war just as Jews were.I think The Plum Tree s GREATEST GIFT is keeping the HOLOCAUST story ALIVE..PERIOD .with engaging master storytelling abilities forming clear visuals page after page.

  9. says:

    Once in a while, I fall prey to recommendations It s usually when I m impatient and stressed and I m looking for the literary equivalent of an After School Special, something that hits the right empathic buttons without much mental strain The last time I did this I ended up with Orphan Train, which was bad but mostly hit those marks This book was so painful that I quit reading about ten pages from the end, after forcing myself to keep going long past when I should have abandoned it The writing is competent, but the characters are shallow and overwrought The plot is idiotic, coincidences pile on coincidences and people behave against human nature in order to force the next development Basic scene setting details are inaccurate People die, and live, and return from the dead only as it serves the very predictable storyline I picked this book without doing the proper research, which now shows me that despite the high ratings, no one reputable has reviewed this book I m sorry I ever touched it, I was angry at the poor quality most of the time I was reading it but I m happy to reaffirm that real reviews matter so much than algorithms when it comes to the complexity of literature and human taste.

  10. says:

    I did enjoy this novel although it is a haunting account of the holocaust It s a story told from the German perspective of an 18 year old girl who finds love with a Jew just before the war starts It s haunting as she loses her love only to find him later and hides him in the family attic to save him He is caught however, and both are sent to the concentration camp I find all reads that take place during Hitler s regime to be disturbing but like many survivors, it s a story about survival, family and love I like Wiseman s style of writing and look forward to her latest novel What She Left Behind.

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