The practice of lying is concerned with attempting to overlay a thin paper substitute atop the world that exists in order that it seem to suit your purposes. But the Swallow Man didn’t need the world to suit him. He could make himself suit whatever world it pleased him to agree existed” Anna and the Swallow Man, Gavriel Savit
Initial thoughts: The title of the book was strange enough to entice me to read it on a whim. When perusing through my local library’s electronic website, I was immediately drawn to Anna and the Swallow Man long before I even knew this book’s synopsis. Even though I was reading three books at the same time, I decided to give this one ago. What’s one more book, right?
In 1939, in Krakow Poland, seven-year-old Anna is separated from her father, a language professor, and is left as an orphan at the beginning of the second world war. As Anna roams through the city, she finds herself utterly alone without family or friends to take care of her. Then, out of nowhere, a mysterious tall thin man who can speak many languages appears. Anna befriends the stranger and together they try to escape the dangers of the war. However, this man, the Swallow Man, isn’t what he seems.