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  • Literary Titan

    How Dare the Birds Sing by Marina Osipova is a story about Lyuba, a young Russian woman believing she is better off without love until she meets Gunter, a German pilot. Are they meant to be together? The Soviet Union is not an easy place to live in 1933. When Gunter disappears, Lyuba decides to take a huge risk for herself and her family. The events that transpire force the family’s lives to be thrown into the hands of the Nazis. How will Lyuba’s life change in this new world? How Dare the Birds Sing is a well-written story starting off as two girls talking about love until it transforms into a compelling page-turner about making the right decisions. You never know what is going to happen or what will become of the characters asking yourself question after question. I was blown away by Marina Osipova’s accurate depiction of how Hitler’s rule affected people. Lyuba goes through a transformational arc, starting off the story as a care-free young woman wanting to make her life into what she wants. She is a complex character and yet you can’t help but feel sorry for her. She just wants what every young woman wants. To grow up and live her dream. This was another story where I was telling the character what to do when she goes ahead and does the unthinkable. Osipova’s story made me think. It makes me feel lucky that I was not living at this time, having to live under many laws. This story is all about making tough decisions. Were the decisions that Lyuba made the right decisions or were they selfish to those who didn’t have a say in the decision-making process. I like the title of this story. In contrast to Maya Angelou’s poem titled Why Does the Caged Bird Sing? it’s sad because Lyuba no longer has her freedom as she watches the birds fly free. This story explores how cruel the world can be and how it affects your own perspective when looking at the world. How Dare the Birds Sing is an emotional piece of historical fiction and I would recommend it. History is important and cannot be erased. It is important to learn how people’s lives were affected during WW2.

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