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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
The Zookeeper’s War STEVEN CONTE A powerful novel set in Berlin, 1943 ‘ Berlin, 1943: an Australian woman Vera and her German husband Axel, the zoo’s director spend each night in a bomb shelter beneath the Berlin Zoo. Together, they struggle against food shortages to look after the animals through air raids. When the zoo’s staff are drafted into the army, conscripted foreign workers are sent to replace them. In a city filled with suspicion and hatred, tensions mount in the closing days of the war. The Zookeeper’s War is a powerful novel of a marriage, and of a city collapsing. 11 ’