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The Monuments Men – A Bookish Movie Review

February 27, 2014 Book To Movie Challenge, History, Narrative Non-Fiction, non-fiction 12

Monuments Men I liked the book of The Monuments Men enough to go see this in theaters, which is not something I often do. I ended up enjoying it pretty well, but was a bit disappointed in the changes made from the book. I liked seeing the story brought to life. Even the helpful cast list the author had is no match for seeing living, breathing people when it came to engaging my sympathy for a large number of characters. In both the book and the movie, the humorous and the serious mixed  in sometimes jarring ways. Saving art is important! And oh by the way, here’s a sad story about people dying to make you question the value of art. I found the juxtaposition stranger in the movie than in the book though, perhaps because the trailers I watched made me expect a light-hearted story. Read more »

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The Monuments Men

February 27, 2014 Biography, History, Narrative Non-Fiction, non-fiction 10

The Monuments MenTitle: The Monuments Men
Author: Robert M. Edsel
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★★★☆
Summary: Great narrative non-fiction. Well written, well researched, filled with fun facts, and pretty good at bringing the main players to life.

I’m constantly intrigued by the many amazing true stories from the WWII period and this is another good one. The Monuments Men were a group of mostly older men from artistic careers who volunteered to go to Europe to protect monuments during the Allied offensive. They also became involved in retrieving and returning the many valuable art works stolen by German forces. As the war turned against them, German commanders were ordered to destroy art rather than let it be recaptured. Meanwhile, Russian troops claimed any art work they found as the spoils of war. Limited support left the Monuments Men trying to accomplish miracles, rescuing art as quickly as possible. Read more »

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