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The Turtle Catcher

In the shadow of her own dark secret But what begins as yearning for something of a human touch uickly unwinds into a shocking suspenseful tragedy that haunts the rural town of New Germany Minnesota for generationsWoven into this remarkable story are the intense illuminating experiences of Germ. As I was cruising the new books shelf in our local library this book jumped out into my hand I d never heard of it nor of the writer whose earlier memoir set in the same area apparently garnered praise and awards This is her first book of fictionIt s a winner Achingly beautiful in its writing it tells the intertwined tales of the German immigrants and their neighbors of New Germany Minnesota At its heart is Liesl who harbors what she thinks is a shameful secret about her body Her only friend is Lester brain damaged by beatings administered by his father The story opens with Leisl s brothers themselves damaged in other ways especially by WWI inflicting a terrible revenge on Lester based on what Liesl has said in terrible fearThe first half of the book is spell binding as we learn through flashbacks how everyone has arrived at the moment opening the book Things slowed down a bit for me when the story enters the WWI battlefield The writing became less lyrical flatter and my attention flagged It finishes up with a bit of magic realism which could have been left at ordinary realism and worked just as well or better as the ending All in all though an excellent book beautifully written I m putting Helget s memoir The Summer of Ordinary Ways on my TBR list and shall wait for her next novel

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An immigrants in America during the war and the terrible choices they were forced to make in service of their new country or in honor of the old The Turtle Catcher is a lyrical vibrant beautifully wrought look at a fascinating piece of American history and the echoing dangers of family secrets . Too creepy to enjoy reading The story structure and phrasing were well done Etapy zmiany w terapii uzależnień. Wybór i planowanie interwencji echoing dangers of family secrets . Too creepy to Saami Pre-Christian Religion enjoy reading The story structure and phrasing were well done

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In the tumultuous days after World War I Herman Richter returns from the front to find his only sister Liesel allied with Lester Sutter the slow son of a rival clan who spends his days expertly trapping lake turtles Liesel has sought Lester’s friendship in the wake of her parents’ deaths and. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher I was excited to read it because if you know me at all you know that I love me some gut wrenchers and this book seemed to have all the makings of one The first part of this book which is only 26 pages starts the book off in horrifying and tragic fashion Even for someone like me who loves books that push me to see the ugliness and unfairness and atrocities of life I read this part with wide unbelieving eyes This part of the book made me anxious and a little hesitant to read the rest of the story which is unusual to say the least I thought if this is how it starts do I want to know where it s going to go But I m no coward so I read on and in some ways I was rewarded and in others I was a little disappointed This is a book that is hard for me to uantify honestly It s a story about life and loyalty and the way that things don t always go the way that they should or the way that we want them to go but we go on anyway The story technically starts with the second part which takes us back to 1897 Germany to the story of how Magdalena Schultz newly pregnant at 16 and unable to marry the father of her baby travels to America with her sister Frieda to find a new life and a new husband She finds both but they aren t exactly what she expected Frieda snags Archie Richter who runs the local German newspaper as her own husband and arranges the marriage of Maggie and Wilhelm Richter Archie s brother who is nearly 40 and a farmer and a bit brutish in Maggie s estimation He isn t abusive but he isn t overly empathetic either So the Richter family begins and the story takes us through babies five of them deaths war tests of loyalty and accusations of treason and unexpected friendship and connection This comes from Liesel Richter who befriends the mentally disabled son of her neighbor mean spirited angry and vindictive Harald Sutter a man who holds a personal grudge against the successful Wilhelm Richter Harald causes a lot of trouble in Wilhelm s life using the war against Germany as an outlet and pretty soon things take a sharp turn from Troublesome Road onto Too Far Lane Leisel left alone to care for her family after her mother s death finds companionship and acceptance in Lester who routinely brings her turtles for food as gifts Only when Leisel allows Lester access to her most closely guarded secret thinking that he wouldn t understand that she was different from other girls things go badly and Leisel makes an irrevocable decision both for Lester and herself This isn t a happy story It s one of struggle and hardships the emotional kind not the monetary kind and uncertainty It s a story of learning who you are and that sometimes it s not enough to just do what you think is the right thing Sometimes the world turns its back anyway Which brings me to the one thing that felt incomplete in this story Frieda and her husband were accused of treason for printing their German paper with stories from both sides of the Great War which included showing that there were victims on both sides a direct contradiction to the Official Story demonizing Germans as heathens and killers etc Times haven t changed much since Frieda is arrested and her husband is subjected to public humiliation and while the rest of the story plays out nothing is ever resolved with Frieda was she released Was she imprisoned forever Did she decide that she would make a better martyr than prisoner There was a tiny touch of magical realism in the story which both fit and seemed a little out of place in a story so steeped in the everyday ordinary world we all live in but I felt that the ending was fitting to the story Overall I can t say that I truly enjoyed the story but it isn t that kind of story It has a different purpose and a different goal It s the kind of story that one reads to try to understand people different from us not be entertained If you re interested in those kind of books this one may be for you


10 thoughts on “The Turtle Catcher

  1. says:

    This is a very unusual story unexpected for sure especially considering life on a farm wouldn't sound very interesting to many readers It is sp

  2. says:

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher I was excited to read it because if you know me at all you know that I love me some gut wrenchers and this book seemed to have all the makings of one The first par

  3. says:

    25 stars because I'd actually fluctuate between 2 and 3 stars2 stars because I felt depressed after putting the book down I realized

  4. says:

    As I was cruising the new books shelf in our local library this book jumped out into my hand I’d never heard of it nor of

  5. says:

    Here is an example of true living breathing characters These are the kind of people that you think about when you are not with them; as you wash dishes you're thinking about Leisel washing dishes I've started another book a good one but I wish that it was these characters I was with still This is the story of German Americans dur

  6. says:

    The first chapter of The Turtle Catcher left me breathlessThe setting is rural Minnesota 1920's and the first chapter des

  7. says:

    1 cup As I Lay Dying1 cup To Kill a Mocking Bird1 cup All uiet on the Western Front so I'm told3 tbsp MiddlesexThe book had its moments I just felt like the author was trying to cover a little too much ground I felt empathy for many of the characters hatred for others; but never really connected with any of them

  8. says:

    Too creepy to enjoy reading The story structure and phrasing were well done

  9. says:

    I've been dying to read this book for a while so I was incredibly excited to find it at a used bookstore near my house Wow I'm not disappointed Between the historical fiction the rich characters and the lovely writing I loved so many things about this book I absolutely love anything that has to do with WWI especially Spanish Flu s

  10. says:

    Wow I had never heard of this local author or her book but it was great I found it in a little free library and was intrigued by it I must admit the whole turtle thing and death of Lester was odd and probably not necessary as it wasn't real clear But even with it I enjoyed the book It was very well written And an interested read during these uncertain times due to COVID It was a reminder that all through history there have been m

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