Was the author trying to win an award for cramming the most metaphors in a single book? It really had the potential of being a half way decent story should the author been better. I felt like I was listening to someone who just read, "Writing Novels for Dummies".
Yes - though the backdrop is a subject dealt with hundreds of times, the structure of the narration in first person singular of the two main characters was very interesting as was the style of narration and the voice modulation signifying the mood & the environment.
I can not pick one as there were many but some that stood out were Lenka's digging her heels on staying with her family and not going with Yosef unless the other 3 members of her family also come despite opposition from everyone.Then there was the resistance through the drawings & paintings - improvising with what was available and passing the skill to the children so that they could tell the world the truth.Gotlieb proposing to Lenka - taking her back and giving her a good complete life.After liberation Lenka going to Lutia's home and the exchange between Alichka & Lenka.
Just one word Excellent!
Somewhat like that. I finished it pretty quickly.
The depth, visulization, use of words, describing the moments, feelings, pain, suffering - superbly done.
A beautiful story of love and loss and redemption. It is very sad at times, but it's not a depressing story. It also shows how even those who escaped the Holocaust's death camps and ghettos, were haunted by those they left behind. I highly recommend this book.
The holocaust experience is so well-documented that the wife's story at the camps was repetitive. Touring Yad Vashem or even the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a better way to understand the history than a novel.
The experience of survivors is less well-documented and made a much more interesting story. More focus on the post-war experience, already the most powerful part of the story, would have made the book much better.
The story brought tears to my eyes and the whole history of it should be passed from generation to generation.