A Year of READING Dangerously: #55 Summer of My German Soldier

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Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Summer of My German Soldier, is Bette Green’s 1973 novel about young love in a small southern town during World War II.

The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own.

In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father’s rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep. [Amazon.com]

I remember reading this book in middle school and loving it. As I recall I cried buckets. SoMGS doesn’t hold quite the same appeal for me now, but I still found it a decent read. (This time though I found Ruth the most interesting character, and really would have rather read “Summer of my African American Domestic Worker.” — Guess I’ll be re-reading The Help, huh?)

So why is SoMGS perenially on the Banned Book List?

The most frequent complaints against Summer of My German Soldier concern the conclusion—Anton’s death and Patty’s punishment. Greene considers the conclusion to be socially and psychologically realistic, but the challenges have portrayed it as “pessimistic” or “unsuited to the age group. [businessclarksville.com/]

On our matrix there is certainly Cultural Insensitivity, Racism, Offensive Language (the ‘N’ word is used several times) and Violence (Patty’s father is physically abusive.)

 

The book was made into a television movie staring Bruce Davidson (who was wonderful) and Kristi McNichol in 1979.

The Video tape cover of the film Summer of My ...

The Video tape cover of the film Summer of My German Soldier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 31

Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the san

 

And here we are at the end of the Summer Writing Challenge. How did you do? I hope you have been inspired to create a little.

 

See you next year.

 

Cheers, Rita

 

PS Today’s prompt is…

Unending

Summer Writing Challeng woordle

Here’s a little wordle I made of all the words from the 2015 Summer Writing Challenge.

 


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 30

day   30Here we are at the penultimate day of our challenge. Soon you will be left to your own devices when coming up with creative ideas and prompts. However, today is not that day…

The challenge for today is…

Brave


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 29

Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the sanThe word prompt for today is:

Forgotten


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 28

Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the sanToday’s writing prompt is…

Overhead


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 27

Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the sanToday’s writing prompt is:

Truth


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 26

Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the sanI may have epically failed and missed Day 25. Sorry I was busy watching Shakespeare in the Meadow. (I do have a life people.)

So Here’s Day 26’s Prompt:

Acting

English: Forces acting on a wedge

English: Forces acting on a wedge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 24

Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the sanI bet you are wondering how I come up with the daily prompt for this writing challenge. Come on, it’s been keeping you up at night, hasn’t it? Well, sometimes I’ll be inspired by what is happening in the day around me.  I’m pretty sure I was having a rather wonderful day when I gave Day 11’s prompt of DELIGHTFUL.  And I probably wasn’t so happy on day 6 when I gave GRUMBLE. But most days I take a more removed, semi-scientific approach to finding a prompt.

I grab whatever reading material is closest to me (the newspaper, a book…) and open it randomly. I count down the number of full lines on the page days of the challenge (today I went down 24 lines) and count over 15 words (for 2015). Then I find the closest “promptable” word.

Some words just will not make a very good prompt. Conjunctions, for example, kinda suck as promptable material. So do pronouns and proper names. Verbs are good, as are adjectives, adverbs and some nouns.

So for today I randomly opened The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen (Annotates and Edited by David M. Shapard, published by Anchor Books) to page  142. Following the formula I get to the word “my” a pretty lame prompt. So looking around that word I’ve got “coachman” nice prompt, but kind of limited and dated and “foot-path.” Yeah, “foot-path” can take me it a couple of different ways I think I walk that way.

So today’s creative prompt is…

Foot-path

English: The foot path to Boode on the left of...

English: The foot path to Boode on the left of Buttercombe Lane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Summer Writing Challenge: Day 23

Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the sanIt is a beautiful day outside in the NoBalCo area I hope you take your notebooks outside and write today.

Today’s prompt is…

Demur

English: Fresco of couple in bed. Man talks to...

English: Fresco of couple in bed. Man talks to his shy bride. A servant on the left watches the scene. Fresko from the left side of the right wall of cubiculum D in the Casa della Farnesina in Rome. Ca. 19 BC. Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Inv. 1188. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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