I have first read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when I was about 16 when a teacher recommended it to my class. While it is true that I did not enjoy it as much as my whole class did, it has certainly been an everlasting experience for me. Years and year after that, I was still thinking about it.
So, one of the many days when the sun was shining like fire and my heart was beating with excitement for a new read, I picked up this book for a re-trial. And it was so worthy.
Synopsis of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The title tells the story of Jacob Portman, a young teenager who used to have a very close relationship with his grandfather. His grandpa, Abe Porter, Jewish born, has lost his family during the Holocaust, when his parents were sent to a concentration camp where they met their end.
Abe was left afterwards in the care of a special asylum for peculiar children under the care of a so called Miss Peregrine. Jacob grew up hearing his grandfather stories about a magic Miss Peregrine that could turn into a bird and peculiar children who had magical powers, being even shown pictures of his grandpa’s old magical friends.
As he was growing up, Jacob stopped believing his grandpa’s stories to be more than fairytales. But when Abe Porter is being killed by a mysterious creature everything Jacob thought he knew about the world was about to chance.
Visiting the island in Wales where his grandfather lived after escaping the Holocaust, Jacob learns that there are more terrible monsters out there than his nightmares, and that his grandpa’s stories may be real after all.
Above the amazing engaging story and the loveable characters that will surely win anyone’s heart, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children contains amazing illustrations presented as polaroids, meant to accompany the story and add an amazing second dimension to the reader’s experience. I truly appreciated them, and I do think they brought a lot to the storyline.
Holocaust Allegory in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
As long as I am concerned, I think Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a marvelously intelligent allegory of the Holocaust’s terror and the everlasting trauma it has caused in our world. It is easy to see the Holocaust allusion, as Abe’s parents were killed in one of the concentration camps in Poland, only for him to escape to a place of eternal hiding and constant fear of greater monsters than the ones that have killed his parents. Monsters that also have a very specific name-Hollowgasts, very similar in pronunciation to the Holocaust itself.
The moral of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is quite easy to understand : There will always be monsters to battle out there in the world, bigger than the ones we have had to face before. But History has made us ready for the fight. Abe was a true fighter ever since the death of his parents, battling monsters, and making sure that the ones that are loathed by nothing else but by their nature are kept safe in their hiding places. And so it resembles with the bravery of those that have decided to oppose the Nazi system and fight for a better world for everybody in it.
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