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Tzili: The Story of a Life

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The youngest, least-favored member of an Eastern European Jewish family, Tzili is considered an embarrassment by her parents and older siblings. Her schooling has been a failure, she is simple and meek, and she seems more at home with the animals in the field than with people. And so when her panic-stricken family flees the encroaching Nazi armies, Tzili is left behind to...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Schocken (first published 1982)
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Juan Hidalgo
Frente a los horrores del holocausto, la historia de Tzili supone una especie de cuento breve, original y amable, en el que el espanto de la guerra queda casi soslayado y sólo se vislumbra fugazmente. Tzili es una criatura inocente y sencilla que sobrevive a las tragedias casi por casualidad y por la ayuda, más o menos desinteresada, de las personas con las que cruza su destino.
Not sure what to make of this. One of those slim, powerful things that you might find in secondary reading lists... not sure it's very deep, really, though it's certainly grim. An atypical, desperate, solitary experience of the holocaust without a single ray of light - but no histrionics either.
This is the story of Tzili, a simple young Jewish girl abandoned by her family who manages to survive from day to day without ever fully comprehending the enormity of the holocaust occurring around her. It is a very short, quick read but the writing is lovely and with an economy of words the author manages to convey a strong sense of emotion.
The setting is eastern Europe during the Holocaust.

This small book sets a powerful mood- it puts you in another world where all that is familiar has come undone and the only real thing at stake is to try to keep body and soul together amidst constant uncertainty. Tzili is a skinny mite of a girl of early adolescent years, simple and quiet to the point of almost being mute, largely ignored and neglected by her busy family. She is left behind to “look after the house” when war breaks out and ever...more
On the first pages of Tzili: The Story of a Live the storyteller says that Tzili's life is hard and sad and possibly not worth telling -- a beginning that made me put the book aside for a few days after reading the first chapter while I decided whether I could get past this grim beginning and read on. But despite the unarguably difficult time Tzili has, a slow, dreamy early adolescent child in a family of examination-taking siblings, each of whom intends to raise their merchant family into a bet...more
Questo romanzo parla della Shoah, ma senza mai nominarla. Siamo nell'Europa dell'Est e la giovane Tsili, non molto amata in famiglia, che la considera un po' ritardata, viene abbandonata a difendere la casa dagli invasori.
Tsili si nasconde e quando i soldati se ne vanno prende la via dei campi e inizia il suo vagabondaggio, fingendo di essere figlia di una prostituta locale e nascondendo il suo essere ebrea, scelta frutto non di scaltrezza (anzi, Tsili non capirà mai che cosa è successo a tutti...more
I found this at a used bookstore and bought it on a whim. It was more than worth the $1 I paid for it. It is simply but elegantly written in a style that beautifully reflects Tzili's point of view. It will also tear your heart out as you experience the Holocaust through Tzili's eyes. Because of Tzili's age it is tempting to compare this book to "The Diary of Anne Frank". However, the experiences depicted are very different, as is the manner of relating the tale. The two narratives stand on their...more
I found this book in a small bookstore in Netanya, Israel. I really wanted to find books written by Israeli authors about the Jewish people while in Israel.

This book is a sad yet powerful story about a young Eastern European Jewish girl who was abandoned by her own family; endured tremendous hardships seeking refugee amongst local farmers; had a tragic glimpse of love while hiding in the forest during the Holocaust; and, bravely began a new life in Palestine. Appelfeld's brilliant style of writi...more
A hauntingly simple book, Tzili carries layers of meaning without being burdened. While dealing with aspects of depression, it continues to move by its own rhythm of language. The elements evoked throughout are never static, even though they describe many ways in which the people portrayed are stuck. Although bodies often disappear, their clothes seem somehow to keep them present to life in another way. Overall there is a kind of magic in this writing that animates some of the darkest corners of...more
This is a book about the holocaust as seen by one girl who everyone believed to be "dumb." As you follow her through her dire circumstances from living in the forest, and then with various individuals. The reader learns how truly remarkable Tzili is. Tzili definitly leaves the reader grief stricken at moments, but also hopeful as well.
super quick & easy read.
recommended for anyone interested in the shoah -- especially representation of a non-camp survivor.
it is fiction, but it does give insight into survivor mentality (the author is a survivor) and provides an important piece in the larger representation of the holocaust.
E' la storia di Tsili, una ragazzina ebrea che i genitori in fuga dai nazisti non si sono curati di portare con sè. Con uno stile di scrittura decisamente minimal, ci viene detto cosa significhi vivere di stenti, nei boschi, quando fa freddo, barattando un cappotto sdrucito per un pezzo di pane.
A short and easy read about a simple young girl and how she survives the holocaust by working for peasants and living in the woods. It's kind of a profound fable, but I'm not sure what the moral is. I enjoyed it, though.
Kabbelt rustig, maar achter de woorden ligt een stilte die alles vertelt.
One of the most powerful novels I've read in the last ten years
Leonardo Rodríguez
Seguiré buscando mi Appelfeld.
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AHARON APPELFELD is the author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Until the Dawn's Light and The Iron Tracks (both winners of the National Jewish Book Award) and The Story of a Life (winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger). Other honors he has received include the Giovanni Bocaccio Literary Prize, the Nelly Sachs Prize, the Israel Prize, the Bialik Prize, the Independent Fo...more
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