Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Defiance: The Bielski Partisans Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
A truly great book and amazing true story! I really enjoyed this book and am glad I read it. It shows the courage of a people in a horrible situation and the story of the Bielski brothers and how they saved over 1,000 Jews during WWII in Belorussia. I can't really express words to pay tribute to there marvelous people. Here's some excerpts...

-"Tuvia was not interested in military glory. To live, to keep his people alive, to bring more Jews into the Otriad, these were his goals." (p. 109)

-"As a commander of a forest community dedicated to the preservation of life, Tuvia Bielski gave to the Jewish people many precious gifts: hopes, dreams, and their very lives." (p. 296)

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T.J. Shelby said...

Having read the book, will you now go watch the movie? Or have you already? If so, how would you recommend I do it? Book first, then movie or other way around?

Scott H. said...

In short: Movie first, book second.

I saw the movie first (back when it was in theaters) and I loved it! Ever since the preview for the movie appeared on yahoo! movies or apple trailers or wherever, I couldn't wait for the release.

Then this past December it was released and I think we ended up seeing it in January of this year.

Too many details huh?

See the movie first. It gives you a broad overview of what was going on and gives you an idea of the manner of life that they led. The book is not written to describe scenery but to tell a story so the movie gives you a lot of visual stuff that the book doesn't quite convey.

Within the first pages it describes the main leader, Tuvia, and Daniel Craig was cast perfectly for this role (based on looks alone), but also portrayed the part wonderfully.

So: Movie first, book second

T.J. Shelby said...

Thanks bro!