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By Diane Ackerman | Comments: ( 709 ) | Date: ( Nov 21, 2019 )

The New York Times bestseller a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages With animal names for these guests, and human names for the animals, it sThe New York Times bestseller a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages With animal names for these guests, and human names for the animals, it s no wonder that the zoo s code name became The House Under a Crazy Star Best selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re create this fascinating, true life story sharing Antonina s life as the zookeeper s wife, while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.


  • Title: The Zookeeper's Wife
  • Author: Diane Ackerman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the bestsellers The Zookeeper s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses The Zookeeper s Wife, a little known true story of WWII, became a New York Times bestseller, and received the Orion Book Award, which honored it as, a groundbreaking work of nonfiction A movie of The Zookeeper s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Br hl, releases in theaters March 31st, 2017 from Focus Features She lives with her husband Paul West in Ithaca, New York.



Comments The Zookeeper's Wife

  • Will Byrnes

    one puzzle of daily life at the villa was this: How do you retain a spirit of affection and humor in a crazed, homicidal, unpredictable society?On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany, emboldened by the recently-signed Molotov-Ribbentrop pact with Stalin’s Soviet Union, invaded Poland. Warsaw was pummeled, then occupied. With the Nazis’ bizarre fixation on racial purity (which extended to animals) and hatred for Jews, it became an existential crisis merely to be Jewish in the city. Amid the carna [...]


  • Toni

    What a disappointment! I anxiously awaited the paperback version of this book, only to find the writing so scattered and choppy I could barely finish it. The author obviously did extensive and exhaustive research, but she kept going off on so many random tangents that finding a cohesive story is impossible.


  • Elyse

    Finally!!! Whew! I've owned this book for more than 5 years!!! It was passed to me from our friend Steve! I had planned to read it -- like other books --a dozen times. Quilty-as Charged: It took the Hollywood 'soon-to-be-released' movie - to procrastinate-no-longer! I knew much about this story -- but, as I said, had not actually read it myself. Author Diane Ackerman has a long list of many other books she has written- but this is my first time reading her. It reads like fiction --( wish it were [...]


  • Maddie

    Feedback on the movie - just as good as the book :) and lived up to the books standards! This book is about acts of heroism of Jan and Antonina Żabiński, a family that put their lives in jeopardy to save others! This book is remarkable as it was based on true events and facts captured in the diary of Antonina during World war 11, and about Antonina, Jan and their son Ryszard (named after a saint as they formed part of the Polish Cathoholic tradition) Żabiński. Jan Żabiński, was the directo [...]


  • Wanda

    In a sentence: Someone else should have written the Zabinski's story. This mess, full of purple prose adds very little to the narrative of Polish heroism in World War II. Nor does it add much about the Jewish Holocaust and I simply do not know how Ackerman got the rights to the story, when so many other, better writers could have done justice to it.Based on the great reviews from some rather credible sources, I couldn't wait to read this book. Wow, was I disappointed. First, there were factual e [...]


  • Kate

    I can't decide whether I enjoyed this book or not. I think the idea of it is more interesting than the execution. It follows the true story of Antonina Zabinski and her family, caretakers of the Warsaw zoo during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Diane Ackerman, being a literary writer and not an historical one, was able to provide an interesting spin on the subject matter, and I loved all of the imagery and description of Antonina's relationship with the animals and general life at the zoo. Howeve [...]


  • Nancy

    I really, really, really wanted to like this book. It's the true story of a Polish couple who hid Jews at their zoo in Poland during WWII. Their story itself is very heroic, but the writing style detracts from what is supposed to be the point of the book. The author is frequently sidetracked with long passages of history, details about the lives of people not relevant to the story, and lengthy descriptions of nature (I skipped a good two pages or so that just listed different types of beetles). [...]


  • Miranda Reads

    I don't understand all the fuss. If any creature is in danger, you save it, human or animal.Words to live by. Zookeepers Jan and Antonia Zabinski run (or used to run) the Warsaw Zoo. Shortly after Germany invaded Poland, the zoo is destroyed and most of the animals are put down. Yet, somehow the zoo remains open and ready for business - though that business may involve a slightly different purpose from the usual critter rescue.The Zabinski newest form of 'critters' are Jews and other sympathizer [...]


  • Daniel

    "The Zookeeper's Wife" is somewhat difficult for me to review. It's certainly not a bad book, but I found its passages dealing with the horrors of Germany's occupation of Poland during World War II interspersed with sections recounting cute animal shenanigans a bit hard to take, even though Diane Ackerman's telling a true story.This may be less Ackerman's fault and more the fault of her source material. She depends largely, it seems, on Antonina Zabinski's diary to recount the goings on at the W [...]


  • Liz

    This nonfiction book tells the story of Antonina and Jan, who use his position as the zookeeper to allow the zoo to be used as a safe house for up to 300 Jews during the course of the Second World War. The sign of a good nonfiction for me is when it reads like fiction. Unfortunately, this one fails that test. It's an interesting story but is so dry I really struggled with it. The author is a poet and it shows. She spends an inordinate amount of words to describe settings and moments that do noth [...]


  • Britany

    How could a book that had so much potential for an incredible story let the reader down so much?Reading the description of this story leads you to believe that this is an incredible untold story about Jan & Antonina Zabinski. They are animal lovers at heart and live for taking care of the Warsaw Zoo. Poland is invaded during WWII, and suddenly the zoo disappears in front of their eyes. They quietly revolt against Hitler and the Germans, by hiding over 300 Jews in the run down animal cages, a [...]


  • Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan : The Zookeeper's Wife - Nevisande : Diane Ackerman - ISBN : 393354253 - ISBN13 : 9780393354256 - Dar 368 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007


  • Maureen

    This book was sent to me by Focus Features, but all thoughts/opinions are my own!I haven't read nonfiction in QUITE A WHILE so I wasn't sure how I was going to fare - ended up loving it! I loved it more so for the narrative and story and not as much for the writing, which could be a little choppy and add in details that didn't need to be there. However, the story of Antonia and Jan and their work as part of The Underground was fascinating and thrilling. They are some of the many people who helpe [...]


  • Amy

    Five Amazing Incredible Stars….One of the most incredible books I have read in quite some time. This is the story of how a bombed out Zoo in Warsaw, became the central hotspot for underground communications, in 1939. While the Zoo still operated at half mast and under the German's supervision - while they roamed daily and at all hours through the zoo, arms, fogged documents, and over 300 refugees passed through the villa and the tunnels to safety. The Zookeeper and his wife Antonina, saved tho [...]


  • Ashley Marsh

    I made it through, somehow. It's bad. It's so bad. I went into this expecting to love it, considering the premise is just SO good. This isn't a novel - it's a work of non-fiction, a history book, masquerading as a novel. It's not well-written and it drags on with endless pages of absolutely useless descriptions of things that have no place in the story. We never learn HOW they did these things. They just HAPPENED. It's written like a 300+ page high school research paper, and I really, REALLY str [...]


  • David

    This is another book exploring the lives of people living in the countries occupied by Germany during WWII. Unlike most, this was written by a naturalist, not an historian. This gives the book an interesting take on the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.The narrative centers around Antonia Zabinski and her husband Jan. Prior to the outbreak of war, they were the caretakers of the Warsaw Zoo - a large zoo befitting the capital of Poland. The book paints a brief picture of what their life was like prior t [...]


  • Rebecca Foster

    A different sort of Holocaust story, set at Warsaw Zoo in the years surrounding World War II. Even after Nazis dismantled their zoo and killed many of the larger animals, Jan and Antonina Żabiński stayed at their home and used the zoo’s premises for storing explosives and ammunition for Jan’s work in the Polish resistance as well as sheltering “Guests,” Jews passing through. This is a gripping narrative of survival against the odds, with the added pleasure of the kind of animal antics [...]


  • Jen Meegan

    Let me preface by saying a) I love Diane Ackerman's previous works and b) I have a deep interest in holocaust history. Therefore, I was surprised her latest book did not engage me as much as I'd hoped. Ackerman usually tackles very broad, amorphous subjects like love, the five senses, etc. And her somewhat circular and poetic writing style is, I think, well suited to those topics. But for The Zookeepers Wife, I craved a level of linear details and specifics that I just could not find. I quickly [...]


  • Barbara

    There is no way that I can sit down and adequately review this book after reading it. Diane Ackerman has skillfully and beautifully written this very complex story. She is a naturalist, who has very well utilized her discipline to write this historical piece. It will remain with me for a very long time, so I must mull it over and deliberate how I can do justice to this multilayered tale. I have read many accounts of WW II, in articles and in books, but Ackerman was able to create charm, suspense [...]


  • Gemma

    Naively, I imagined this was going to be an account of the efforts to save the animals in the Warsaw zoo during the war. The zoo however was near anti-aircraft guns and thus an immediate target for the Germans when they invaded Poland. Many of the animals were immediately killed and Polish soldiers killed all the dangerous animals the next day. One thing I realised here was how much more emotionally painful I found the thought of bombs dropping on animals in cages and in enclosures than I ever f [...]


  • TL

    An interesting but poorly told story overall the author went off tangents quite a few times and the story I thought I was going to get about these two brave people seemed to get lost in the shuffle most of the time.The writing at times was interesting for a period then would struggle to keep my interest, with me re-reading some parts because I forgot what I had read that quick.Not a horrible book but could have been done better, in my humble opinion. *Mom wants to see the movie but myself, may j [...]


  • Grady

    'Why do we humanize animals and animalize humans?'There are many stories that continue to come out of the WW II experience, stories of courage, love and survival in the face of near hopeless situations inflicted upon the globe by Nazi Germany, and, thankfully, biographies of heroes whose moral convictions were stronger than the destructive forces of Hitler's cadre. THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE is yet another unknown story, a true tale of survival of the human spirit pitted against what seemed to be the [...]


  • Annalisa

    All this time I thought this was a piece of fiction and was delighted to realized it's non-fiction. There's something off about telling the story as though it were fiction, sometimes slipping into novel-style storytelling and sometimes info-dumping for pages about zoology or Polish tradition or Nazi habits in what should have been footnotes. It probably reads a little easier than straight non-fiction to stylize it that, but it left me with a longing to delve more into the details of the story Ac [...]


  • Kathy

    I was disappointed in this book. A great (and true) story of kindness, courage, and hope in the most horrific of times, The Zookeeper's Wife is the story of the family that ran the Warsaw Zoo during the time of the German occupation of Poland. After all the animals were killed or transplanted to other zoos, Antonina, her husband Jan, and son Rys, helped aid and shelter Jews who would certainly have been killed in concentration camps without their assistance. While the story is great, the problem [...]


  • J. Schlenker

    I listened to the audio version, some of the time in a hammock, a mistake. I found most of it rather dry. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to the audio version of a Wild Kingdom show. It seemed there was only spurts about the zookeeper's wife. Last night I saw the movie, one of the rare instances I found the movie to be better than the book. I wondered how they would even depict this book as a movie while listening, but was quite surprised. I guess I needed the visual to really appreciate t [...]


  • Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee CoxWhat an emotional story! I might have read a library copy, but I'll be adding one to my personal library at some point. At times it was a little difficult to follow. Once I found my rhythm with the author's writing style, I really enjoyed the narrative. Learning about the Warsaw Zoo and its inhabitants--humans and animals alike--during WWII was fascinating, and I was moved to tears on multiple occasions. Some content (particularly sexual content and a few expletives) is inappr [...]


  • Kim

    Being a big animal lover, this was hard to read. It never ceases to amaze me how truly horrible Hitler and the Nazis were. A difficult but good true story.


  • Book Concierge

    Audiobook performed by Suzanne TorenWhen Germany invaded Poland, and the Nazis occupied Warsaw, they began the determined extermination of that country’s Jews. But many Polish citizens helped to shelter their Jewish friends and neighbors. This is the story one of family, and the wife and mother in particular: Antonina Zabinski, the zookeeper’s wife. It’s a fascinating story, and well told. Jan Zabinski was the director of the Warsaw Zoo, and he and his family lived in a villa on the zoolog [...]


  • Denise

    The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Akerman is a story about a courageous couple who saved the lives of numerous people during the Nazi occupation in Warsaw, Poland. ( created a hideout for countless Jews and underground workers) This well researched, well written non fiction novel incorporates Antoniana's diary entries, newspaper articles, interviews, historical data and quotes from numerous books.Ackerman writes so that your senses are enhanced in order to achieve an oneness with the story. As anima [...]


  • Dayle (the literary llama)

    Book-to-Film Comparison Review:(for more info on both book and film, pictures, and video clips visit theliteraryllama)I had the opportunity to view the film early, so I did something that I don't normally doI watched the film before I read the book! I know, don't yell at me. Seriously. HEY! I saw that eye-roll. Okay, but in my defense it actually worked out pretty well. I read the book in a few days immediately after viewing the film, so everything was fresh. It timed out perfectly for my brain [...]


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