I Am David by Anne Holm l Summary & Study Guide by BookRags
I Am David - Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis
This novel for young people is the story of David, who is allowed to escape from a Nazi concentration camp and makes his way across Europe to a new home in Denmark. As the narrative details his struggles to survive and retain his sense of individuality, the narrative also explores issues relating to the nature and value of freedom and the power of faith. The story begins with twelve year old David's escape from the concentration camp, an escape motivated and assisted by a character referred to only as "the man. David, not sure that the man can be trusted, nevertheless takes him at his word, and as a result gets away from the concentration camp and starts on his long journey. Along the way, he is helped by several friendly travelers, and by what he believes to be the spirit of his friend Johannes, who guided him through the early years of his life in the camp. Narration reveals that after Johannes died, David resolved never to care for anyone again.
Sign in. A year-old boy escapes from a Bulgarian Communist concentration camp and sets out on a journey to reach Denmark. Twelve-year-old David escapes from a Communist concentration camp with little more than a compass, a sealed letter, a loaf of bread, and instructions to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark. David is thrust into the free world for the first time as he travels across Europe. His spiritual voyage of discovery, where David slowly loses his instinctive mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love, addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the unbreakable spirit of a child. In , the polyglot twelve-year-old David, who was raised in the Communist Belene Prison Camp in Bulgaria, witnesses the death of his friend and protector Johannes and escapes from the concentration camp in the night.
I Am David Summary
This novel for young people is the story of David, who is allowed to escape from a concentration camp and makes his way across Europe to a new home in Denmark. As the narrative details his struggles to survive and retain his sense of individuality, the narrative also explores issues relating to the nature and value of freedom and the power of faith., These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community.
I am David is a novel by Anne Holm. It tells the story of a young boy who, with the help of a prison guard, escapes from a concentration camp in an unnamed Eastern European country according to geographical clues, probably Bulgaria and journeys to Denmark. Along the way he meets many people who teach him about life outside the concentration camp. The book, originally written in Danish, has been translated into several languages, including Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and German all , Dutch , English , Afrikaans , French and Konkani It was made into a film in While the people who run the camp are only referred to as them , later in the book it is stated that they came to power in , the year of the Russian Revolution.