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En El Punto De Mira (Andanzas) (Spanish Edition)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  540 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Written in 1945, Focus was Arthur Miller's first novel and one of the first books to directly confront American anti-Semitism. It remains as chilling and incisive today as it was at the time of its controversial debut. As World War II draws to a close, anti-Semitism is alive and well in Brooklyn, New York. Here, Newman, an American of English descent, floats through a worl ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 28th 2002 by Tusquets (first published January 1st 1945)
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I had already seen and enjoyed a number of plays written by Arthur Miller when I came across a copy of “Focus”. I opened it thinking that it would be another of his plays, but was surprised to find that it is a full-length novel. It was first published during the Second World War in 1945. My copy (Penguin Modern Classics edition, 1986) contained an interesting introduction that Miller wrote over 40 years later, containing his explanation of Anti-Semitism.

The hero, Lawrence Newman, lives in a row
Ian Russell
May 19, 2010 Ian Russell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: marginal bigots, dyed-in-the-wool bigots, any bigots, anyone at all.
Man, this book opened my eyes to a piece of American history I had no idea happened. A short-sighted man, a gentile, avoids wearing glasses because they accentuate those features of his that bring to mind the stereotypical face of a jew. A dangerous image at a time when America is going through a nasty phase of anti-semitism, looking to blame the jews for all their problems; the economy, the war, the perceived decline in their neighbourhoods. When his eyesight gets so poor it noticably affects h ...more
Just who is the main character in Arthur Miller's Focus? Is is Mr. Newman or Mr. Finklestein? Only if the reader makes Mr. Finklestein the main character can you actually see that Arthur Miller thought anti-Semitism to be wrong. I humbly feel that the real focus of Focus is the persecution of Mr. Finklestein for nothing more than being "Jewish". I want to call it shocking how anti-Semitic almost the whole cast of characters (even Mr. Newman) are but the real truth is that I know that religious, ...more
A bold and powerful attack on the wartime anti-Semitism prevalent in America prior to the revelation of the full extent of the holocaust's horrors. Written with wit and Orwellian simplicity, Miller shows the supposed evils of the semitic character to be a mere reflection of the suspicions a collective with an identity (in this case, the good Christian folk of America) would like to express towards all humans, their distrustworthy selves included, projected onto an "other". Penned by a man better ...more
Číst to před rokem, vnímám "Focus" úplně jinak. Ale v atmosféře, kdy se kolem mě všichni bouří, sparťani nechodí na zápasy, protože se ze vstupenky přispívá na Syrské uprchlíky, společnost se polarizuje, lidé jsou slyšet a přitom mám obavy, že toho víme příliš málo, jen si to málokdo připouští. Nemohla jsem se při čtení zbavit toho nepříjemného pocitu, že mnohé se opakuje, anebo to možná nikdy nezmizelo. Nevím, co bych si o knize myslela před rokem, dnes mě z ní mrazilo, ale nedokázala jsem ji o ...more
1945 novel focusing on one man's response to anti-Semitism ... after a new pair of eyeglasses makes him "look like a Jew." A bit dated but still powerful and provocative. Ignorance and hatred of "the other" is sadly timeless.
Though written in 1945, Focus is a book that is very contemporary. Since 2001, the prejudices in modern world have become more pronounced, and tolerance to other 'ways of life' significantly diminished. Hence, a book written about a man who passively indulges in these prejudices until he falls on the other side of the line of favor is very relavant reading. Once faced with such prejudices, the man realizes how much of his anti-semitism was based on mere perception and had not been reconciled wit ...more
Un uomo ben inquadrato nella società in cui vive,(la New York,l'America del fine guerra),vittima degli stessi pregiudizi e degli stessi luoghi comuni:la razza,la religione,il colore della pelle,la nazionalità.Quando all'improvviso,a causa di una piccola modifica che egli è costretto a fare al proprio aspetto (portare gli occhiali) la sua vita cambia radicalmente.All'improvviso e gli sembra un ebreo.E,nel clima di forte antisemitismo che lo circonda,egli si accorge di come cocciutamente,inesorabi ...more
I really don't know how to explain my feelings on this book. It was a good book, technically. It was well written. But here's the thing: I didnt enjoy it in the slightest. At all. I was so relieved to reach the final page. And for a few reasons. One being the plot. I know there was a lot more to this story than a man who was percieved as being Jewish because he wore glasses. But I couldn't get past it. I realize at the time, this actually happened. But reading this as a young adult in 2012, it j ...more
این تنها رمان میللر است که من می شناسم. قصه به راستی شیرین است اگرچه مورد استقبال بسیاری از منتقدان قرار نگرفته و تعداد کمی به آن اشاره کرده اند ولی وقتی در پایان جنگ منتشر شد، مورد استقبال قرار گرفت. مردی که یهودی نیست اما شبیه یهودی هاست و به همین جهت همه جا دچار مشکل می شود، اصرار دارد برای رها شدن از تبعیض و بدرفتاری، نگوید که یهودی نیست. به عبارتی میلی ندارد تا خود را از گناه نکرده، تبرئه کند. روزی در محله درگیر مشاجره ای می شود و در تنگنای حادثه، از یهودی بودن خود دفاع می کند. این همان رفت ...more
Oct 14, 2007 James rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a really fantastic and true to life novel and also the only novel Arthur Miller ever wrote. It tells the story of time in American history flooded with anti-semitism and too close to our own time to feel like the racism is fully behind us. Newman, a man living in post World War II Brooklyn, holds the same level of anti-semitism that is brewing in the neighborhoods around him. He has gone about apathetic to his ignornant bigoting until his eyesight forces him to get glasses that cause him ...more
Ruthless Critic
Though ultimately the feeling after reading Focus is that something was missing -- something that could have earned the novel five stars and masterpiece status -- Focus is still a quality read and highly recommended. Miller is adept at creating rich characters with real personalities and inner souls, at generating suspense through foreshadow, and at involving the reader through conflict. The theme is looking the other way when your fellow man is in distress leads to yourself falling victim to th ...more
Dominic Neesam
How easy a society can degenerate into hate and distrust of things they don't understand. When you see the world or even a microcosm of it through the eyes of the minority, the oppressed or the 'others' only then can you feel empathy and feel outrage for their plight. Miller is a writer of the highest calibre and I wish now to read some of his plays.
I had not heard of this book by such a famous author. I was surprised at how relevant the writing was in terms of the underlying and sometimes overt racism that exists in areas of the United States. And it also surprised me that this racism was directed at Jews during that time. I guess many of the books I had read from that era people lived "in the own neighborhoods" so perhaps I always thought of Brooklyn as having a large Jewish population. Although some of the overt racism has changed. I am ...more
Lots of thought-provoking, eye-opening stuff. I expect more revelations to come as the book sits in the back of my brain. :)
Also had some unpleasant content for me to read.
Христина Мирчева
Напомня ми консервните кутии на Анди Уорхол - прекалено много изчислена симетрия, всичко се движи по повърхността.
A very powerful and effective work, one that I hope to add to my curriculum. This novel reminded me of PLot Against America, a haunting look at how quickly sentiments can shift and become threatening with no one to defend you. THis novel has its flaws, to be sure, and Miller is certianly a playwright first and foremost, but I appreciated it a lot and would add it to my 'Holocaust with a twist' shelf, for those who appreciate the sentiment behind it but would rather not have the same images regur ...more
This book made me look at stereotypes in a new way. It's interesting that Mr. Lawrence Newman was stereotyped as being Jewish just because of the glasses he wore. Arthur Miller wrote about a dense subject in a different way than other World War II novels were written. It was engaging and easy to follow. It's amazing that he could have written this novel in the midst of the war- given the opinions of characters on the actual pages it must not have been easy to publish it immediately following.
liked it, and it was quite a brave book to have written at that time. I just can't shake the feeling from learning that AM had a Down's Syndrome son with whom he refused to have much to do and (apparently) didn't even reference in his autobiog. This isn't a judgement. It's just that as the whole point of this book is to look at a person and see who they are and not what they are, it all falls a bit flat on its arse in the light of this, i think. poo.
Feb 04, 2011 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Brilliant and incredibly thought provoking. It is hard to imagine the America was ever so racist and short-sighted.

I can't help but feel that it sends a message out to bigots and racists today, and should be recommended reading for all school children. It certainly wouldn't do any harm for young adults to see how damaging racism is and how can permeate the mind of even the most gentle souls.

Well worth reading.
Makes you question your own humanity, disturbing and yet it is done very subtle, very 'not in your face'. It felt as if it happened below my window, and yet I was completely oblivious. Thus being blinded by my personal insecurities.
Arthur Miller is a great writer, I just found the extent of anti-semitism in this story shocking and found myself frustrated with the main character rather than sympathetic.
A book to read twice, at least for me. I found the beginning to slow and boring the first time but the second time I couldn't put it down.
Surprisingly fresh and easy to read. Catchy, and at the same time opens a whole new world of controversy. Made me think.
I remember reading this a while back and feeling like it really capture how it feels to suffer racism.
This book was very uncomfortable to read. I just barely finished it over the summer.
Very good. Was easy to identify with the character.
Moral: 1800contacts. Also: stop hating people!
This book was not my taste.
Feb 17, 2010 Quigui marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays, including celebrated plays such as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still studied and performed worldwide. Miller was often in the public eye, most famously for refusing to g ...more
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