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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
The Dog Called Hitler by Walerian Domanski is a collection of short stories about events that happened in Communist Poland. While the short stories are fiction, many are based on true events or combine a nice blend of fiction with facts. The stories all share a common theme: they showcase the lifestyle of tiny Polish communities and the problems that average citizens faced in the forced Communistic lifestyle. While some of the characters might appear as if they were in helpless situations, they used creative thinking and ingenuity to overcome the difficult situations brought about by Communism. The stories are a mixture of humor, satire, drama, and even some grotesque characterizations, but all show the unexpected problems brought about by the police and Communist supporters, and how average Polish citizens fought to resolve those problems.
I liked the way these short stories alternated between humorous and satirical, happy and depressing. It was a nice mix and really showed what life could be like: cruel and harsh one day, but with benefits and high spots the next. Readers will appreciate the historical content of this book and marvel that many of these scenes and tales are based in truth. Readers will come away from this story, shaking their heads because of the sadness and despair that fills the pages, but also come away with a new found resolve. If the poorest, most destitute people can find a way to survive and thrive, surely so can we.