23 July 2013

Murray Pura's New Release "Beneath the Dover Sky" Reviewed by Marian Baay

Beneath the Dover Sky


Reviewed by Marian Baay
~5 stars~*****

In Ashton Park we met the wealthy Danforth family; Lord William Danforth, his wife Lady Elizabeth, and their seven children. In Beneath the Dover Sky we see how their lives continue.

The Danforths worry about their daughter Catherine, who lost her husband two years ago and since that time has shown no interest in the opposite sex…but that will change soon. They also worry about Kipp’s wife, Christelle, who is dealing with some health issues. Then there’s Lady Caroline, Kipp’s former fiancĂ©e, who seems to be a dangerous temptation for him.
Libby and Michael are returning from America with a surprise, but not everyone is happy with this surprise. And something dramatic will occur that deeply affects Victoria’s and Libby’s lives.

The Danforths live in a restless time when Hitler is gaining more and more support in Germany. This also affects the political decisions that must be made in Great Britain and often is the subject of conversation between Edward and his father.

The Danforths are unique! I love them all—that doesn’t mean I agree with all their decisions, but it surely makes for a very interesting read.
I learned a lot about European history in the time between WW1 and WW2. Every time Mr. Pura amazes me with his excellent research. He certainly knows what he’s writing about and you can be sure that it’s accurate.

I very much enjoyed reading this book. There were several unexpected twists and turns that literally made me gasp, and of course that kept me turning the pages…
As always Pura’s writing touches something deep inside me. It doesn’t matter if he’s writing fiction or non-fiction—God is obviously blessing his writing.


*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*



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GIVEAWAY: A book by Murray Pura of your choice and format. (International winners ebook only.) Answer the question to be entered in the contest and don't forget to leave your email address.

QUESTION: I asked Murray if he knew a nice question for the contest. So this is his question.
There is a scene in this book where the Nazis are burning books in 1933. Do you think they would have burned the book "Bambi" by Felix Salten? The book was actually written by an Austrian writer. The Disney movie came out in '42. 

127 comments:

  1. Yes Murray I think they would have. I would love to win this book of yours. Thanks Marian for the review. One of these days I'm going to be surprised on here and WIN. LOL MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com
    Love and GOD bless to my OWG family. (((HUGS)))

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  2. Most likely they would have. angelachesnut246@gmail.com Angela from KY

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  3. Great review MARIAN! After having just recently read Ashton Park, I'm really looking forward to reading this!

    I think there's a good chance they would have burned the book 'Bambi'. Hitler has stated that there must be nothing weak and gentle about youth and that he wants them to be brutal, domineering, fearless, and cruel. I can't see 'Bambi' fitting in with that draconian opinion!

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    1. Yay, you read AP! You don't have to wait too long to read Dover Sky now.

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  4. I think they would have. It was too nice & caring book.
    He was not about nice & caring.

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    1. No, nothing nice at all about that guy! Good luck, JUANITA!

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  5. Wonderful review, MARIAN, and I really enjoyed the book trailer! Yes, I think he would have burned the book, Bambi. I'm sure the Nazi's burned every book they could get their hands on and surely were given instructions by this evil man to do so.

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    1. It's a great book trailer! For some reason it wouldn't post the normal way, so I did it the abnormal way. ;)

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  6. yes I think they would burned the book! I don't think they looked at the titles.

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  7. Very interesting on Marian's review. Hitler and the Nazi would have burned the "Bambi" book. They had no hearts for the youth. Very sad to let the evil to do their part. Glad the book and the movie still exist today for the Kia to enjoy on their innocent faces.
    I would love to win this book, Beneath the Dover Sky. A beautiful cover at the famous white cliffs of Dover in England. JKTerrazas09@aol.com

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  8. Oops I spelled the word wrong - Iit is "kids" on their innocent faces.. Thank you !!!:)
    JKTerrazas09@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, KIM. Good luck and blessings to you!

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  9. What a grand review MARIAN! I agree 100% that Murray's writing is blessed! Murray I somehow have doubts that ole hitler had a soft spot for a cute little fawn named Bambi. So I'm going out on a limb here...I going to say YES!

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    1. MURRAY your question made me do my homework! lol According to a page on children's literature at the University of Minnesota website, Bambi was banned by the natzis in 1936. Maybe it had something to do with the author being Jewish?

      http://www.tc.umn.edu/~fayxx001/text/deer_bambi.htm

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  10. I think they would have burned it. That thought is heartbreaking. I would love to win one of your Amish books. Since I haven't read the first one in your new series I better ask for one in the Amish books. Thanks for this chance to win.

    Pat
    pattysdream@yahoo.com

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  11. I'm going with the opposite opinion. I don't think they would have burned Bambi. After all, it has a rather communistic theme. (Ducks the hurled tomatoes.) Each according to his kind and a definite hierarchy with a superior "race".
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  12. thanks for the nice review, Marian! Blessings to all who come by & all the best in your reading and in your life!

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  13. Teresa it mostly had to do with the book making animals cute and precious - they wanted their Nazi youth tough and merciless

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    1. I will help you with your homework next time Sissy (TERESA) because I got my homework right! Lol! :)

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  14. Okay, I'll take the other side of the coin. Maybe they would NOT burn it -- mother dies, the regal dad moves on (with little emotion), Bambi is left to "suck it up" and through his trials, he becomes the Dear Leader of the forest!

    Oh, good golly do I want this book! Sign me up!

    susan828(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. bear in mind the Nazis also hated anything remotely like Communism

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  16. Hello, I think they would've burned the book especially if Salten was even remotely related to Jews. Even a remote connection would have been enough to have gotten the book burned. I know that my relatives in Germany had their genealogy investigated back 10 generations to make sure our family wasn't Jewish and headed for a concentration camp. I wouldn't be here then! My email is elise(underscore)jehan(at)yahoo.com.

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  17. I am so looking forward to reading this book, I have the first book in the series, loved it..I would love to receive it through this give away..I assume they destroyed all books, no matter what the topic...so sad all the things that went on during this time in history.
    peggyhacker@ymail.com

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  18. I believe that they would have. They were that miserable! I would love to win this book to follow up on the first one I read. Murry is such a fantastic writer. Keeps you spellbound throughout his books. The ending is always as good, if not better, than the beginning. Keep it up Murray. Bgauthier49@live.com

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    1. That's great to hear and will make MURRAY happy!

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  19. Given that the nazis were not thinking super rationally at the time and were burning everything "un-German," if it can be seen as remotely "un-German," no doubt they burned Bambi too.

    rdalquis(at)css(dot)edu

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  20. Lovely review! I love a book that has twists and turns. Yes, I truly do think they would have burned that one also. So sad - the thought of books being burned!
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I agree about the sad thought.

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  21. Anyone as evil as him would burn this sweet book! I have Aston Park and would love to have this to follow it. By the way Marian ,this was a wonderful review . Makes a person want to run out and buy it . I'll wait a few days just in case! xstitchgranny2000@yahoo.com

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  22. Great review of the book. Now I want to read about this family! Yes, I think they would have burned the book because Hitler wanted to control exactly what was "fed" to his people and this movie with friendship, compassion and some weakness wouldn't fit his mold.
    Brittany M.
    kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

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    1. Good luck, Britt. If you're the winner, keep in mind you should read Ashton Park before Dover Sky.

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  23. Would love to win one of your books
    Hugs Janice

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    1. Please make sure to answer Murray's question above and leave an email addy to be entered, JANICE! We are so pleased you dropped by!

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  24. Yes, I believe they would have destroyed the book as they did with so many things. Reading the review made me feel as though I was part of the story, waiting for the next adventure to take place. Thank you Murray for sharing your unique talent.

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  25. I'm not sure if the book would have been banned or not. I think the odds are it would have been.

    Loved your review Marian! I have a couple of Murray's books that I have been so wanting to read. What is stopping me? I keep taking on more books to review! I have cut back on that and hope to read Murray's books soon!

    Thanks for this giveaway. Always excited to win books!

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I know all about having too many books to review. But I am saying 'no' more often these days. I have a life besides reviewing. lol
      Good luck!

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    2. Can't even spell right today! I meant to say burned, not banned!

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    3. I guess it wouldn't be burned if it wasn't banned. LOL

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  26. Yes Murry i do believe they woulkd of burned the book Bambi, in fact i do think it was ban, and i love your books would love to win this one
    Shirley Blanchard jcisforme@aol.com

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  27. Great Review Marian. I do believe they would of burned it. Yes Marian I agree take time out time fly's away from us before we know it.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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  28. Good review. Makes me want to read both books, this one and the one before it.
    I think the Nazi's would have burned Bambi, but they probably wouldn't have realized they did it. They were burning books wholesale. All it had to be was printed and available to be read.
    susanbeamon@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Hope you will enjoy the books when you get to read them. Good luck in the draw.

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  29. How interesting! Yes, I believe they would have burned the book.
    How astonishing to think someone would burn books! Of course, I think my hubs would love to burn mine since I have SO many of them. :)
    Great review!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. I think I would sooner burn a book than my hub. LOL I'm happy with my Kindle...have hundreds of books on them. But a paperback once in a while is great as well.
      Thanks for stopping by, Amy.

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  30. I definitely think they would have burned Bambi. There was no gray area-it was black or white; burn or not. I don't think they would have given it a second thought. Austrian author would get it burned.

    Thanks!
    Karen Pollard
    KarenP3720@aol.com

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  31. Great review of a great sounding book--but then, it is by Murray, so it has to be great, right? ;-)
    yes, I'm sure they would have burned Bambi--so glad they didn't have the opportunity, because Bambi has such a sweet story, & there was NOTHING sweet about Hitler!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for swinging by, Vicki! Yep, it's a Murray book, so it has to be great. lol

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  32. Yes I think they would have burnt the book... I think anything not related to Hitler was burnt... Sounds like a great book!
    Lisa (deiselbuffs(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I agree with you on both counts, LISA! Good luck in the drawing!

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  33. I, too, think they would have burned the book. They most likely would have read some fantastic political plot into it, and thus it had to go! Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for sharing, BETTI! Who knows what all goes on in the minds of evil people?

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  34. Hi, They may have liked the hunters in Bambi but alas, they wouldn't have read it to get that far ~ so... likely, yes, they must have burned all the libraries not to miss a one. I would definitely like this copy of Murray's new book. Great cover! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. I think I have to re-read Bambi someday. I don't remember much about it anymore.

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  35. Really enjoyed the review. I love books that give us a out look into history and the effect it has on others life's. Yes, I believe they would have burned that book also.I would love to read this book. I have so enjoyed your books Murray. Don't know which I like best. They are all great.
    Diane

    dian429@yahoo.com

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    1. Great to hear you enjoy Murray's books. Maybe you win another one. Good luck!

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  36. I think that they would have burned the book. I have not actually read Bambi other than the Disney version when my kids were little. But I don't think they would have like how all the animals in the forest got along no matter who or what they were. Thank you for the chance to win this book

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. ANGELA, I read the story but can't remember much of it. I think they probably set fire to all the books they could get their hands on.

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  37. If Felix Salten was Jewish, I would say they would have burned his book. Good review on Murray's new book. Will have to put it on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Karen G.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Good luck in the drawing, KAREN! I believe you are probably right. :(

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  38. Great review, Marian!! I believe they would have burn the book "Bambi". What's the saying? (A thin line between being a genius or being crazy.) Hitler was crazy. Murray's book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Thanks for the wonderful review! I would so love to win this book Beneath the Dover Sky because I must find out what happens in the lives of the Danforth family. I loved Ashton Park and found that book a real page turner and even though I'm not really a history "freak" I enjoyed what history was there and look forward to more in this book as well. I would mostly think they burnt the book because it was written by a Austrian. However, maybe some man looked through the illustrations and thought it would be good for his son/daughter. Please do enter me in the contest and thanks so much ! Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

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    1. Happy to hear you enjoyed Ashton Park. Maybe you'll win BtDS this week. Good luck.

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  40. Sorry, forgot...flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com
    See post above . thanks!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us, MARY LOU! I'm so glad you enjoyed Ashton Park!

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  41. I've read all the comments here - quite an assortment! Thanks to all who had such kind words for my writing - what an encouragement! and you have such interesting & thoughtful replies to Marian's question! Good work, all of you! Now, is Marian going to tell you whether they burned the book or not???

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    1. Not unless she talks in her sleep she isn't. lol Great question, MURRAY!

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    2. You are funny MURRAY! It is YOUR question, so I'm waiting for you to answer it. :)

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    3. I started to say that last night, but thought I'd let you tell him, MAR. lol I was sassy enough. ;)

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  42. don't think they would have cared what type of book it was. thanks for the chance to win your book

    ABreading4fu [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. I'm with you, APPLEBLOSSOM! I think they just set fire to all of them. MARIAN is sleeping in Holland right now so I am responding in her stead. I hope no one minds. ;)

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    2. No one minds, because you talk more than me, DIANA. LOL

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    3. What are you trying to say here, MARIAN? lol

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  43. I own Ashton Park, but I have yet to actually read it! I have actually never read anything by Mr. Pura yet! I am behind the times! Given the mindset of the Nazi's I would not be surprised at all if Bambi would have been a book they would have burned! Thanks for having this contest. emmamalissa(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, EMMA! Oh, you are really missing out. MURRAY is one of the finest authors around! Hope you get the chance to read one of his great books ASAP! Thanks for coming by OWG!

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  44. I actually doubt that they would have banned BAMBI. If the book was written by an Austrian and the hunters kill Bambi's mother, as in the movie, they might actually approve.

    Thank you for your review.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  45. Yes, I think they would have burn all books indiscriminately. I think Hitler only wanted his own propaganda perpetuated.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  46. Yes, I do think Bambi would have been burned!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. I am so excited! I have never heard of this author and this series sounds so good!! I have put them in my TBR pile

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    1. Once you have read one of Murray's books, you will never forget him. ;)

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  48. Because of my background of both parents growing up as teens in Nazi Germany and my mom having to flee and experiencing serious difficulties before it all ended, I would love to read this. Hoping for the opportunity. Sonja.nishimoto@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Sonja. What do you think...would they have burned the book Bambi or not?

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  49. Bambi was a tender story in many ways, so I think it would go against Hitler's ideals. Thanks for amchance to win Murry's book
    Worthy2bpraisedATgmailDoTcom

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  50. Yes, I think they would have burned Bambi. The Nazis were brutal and ruthless, and not kind hearted or sympathetic.

    I just love Murray Pura's books, and I can't wait to read this one also.

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  51. thanks for the great review. i think they would have burn it too. ida davis email is houswife(at)gmail(dot)com God bless you

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  52. Yes, they would have burned , mainly beCause of who wrote it. I love your books, Murray and would love love to read this series.uld
    Rhonda
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  53. They'd burn it. It's like today's society - twisting good to bad & wanting you to think what's bad is good. Maria thomas. Plainfancy4@yahoo.com

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  54. Yes they would have. They didn't want anything that
    showed love or compassion. Would love to win one of
    your books Murray!
    CherylB1987@hotmail.com

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  55. Nice review, Marian. I think they probably would have burned the book since they'd previously destroyed Hemingway and even Helen Keller and a long list of others I can't remember in an attempt to end any "moral and intellectual corruption." When we deal with the insanity of group hysteria, anything can happen. Even John Updike's books were burned, and he's one of my favorites. So, I'd say probably yes, given the circumstances and crowd mentality, they probably would have destroyed anything with a semblance of beauty. Joy Ross Davis

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  56. Yes I think they would of burned Bambie, as the Nazis would burn all the books they got their hands on...Thanks for the chance to win this book
    Kathy
    bearangel0@yahoo.com

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  57. Hi I would love to win this book very much.

    The Nazis probably would have burned the book, because they wanted their youth strong and heartless. They tried so hard through their youth movements there and enlisted the children into the regular army early. The Germans had to become heartless under Hitler.

    Helen
    hmorellbailley@gmail.com (Canada, Murray's Neighbour about 2 Hours away)

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  58. I read that in 1936, Bambi was banned by the ruling Nazi party because of its “political allegory on the treatment of Jews in Europe.” Many copies of the novel were burned across Nazi states, making original first editions rare and difficult to find. But the Bambi book and many other books that they burned have survived the Nazis in other countries. This sounds like a great book. I like reading books from World War II.
    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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  59. Yes, I believe they would have. I don't know how many books they burned, but I believe it was a great number.
    Have been wanting to read Murray Pura's books, but have a stack here waiting for me. Will get to him eventually.

    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I believe that they would have burned the book regardless of who the author was or what it was written about.

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  61. Linda Dianne StoweJuly 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Hi Murray,I just wanted to say,i think they would have burned The Bambi book.That book would have just made them more angry.I haven't read the book but I hope to soon.Blessings to you and I hope the best person win this book.If it's me,I'll be glad ,if it's someone else,I'll be glad. linda.stowe@att.net

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  62. I hope MURRAY is going to give us the answer to the question before the end of this week.

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  63. I'm not sure if they would have burned it. I don't remember much about the movie and I'm guessing they would have felt like it was a negative depiction of survival of the fittest, which they wouldn't like? I really enjoyed Ashton Park and look forward to reading this one! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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