BK, I really liked the book. I'm like Borges. If I don't like a book, I don't finish it. In fact I can't. I've had a book on the shelf for 20 years wrBK, I really liked the book. I'm like Borges. If I don't like a book, I don't finish it. In fact I can't. I've had a book on the shelf for 20 years written by a good friend of mine, with a handwritten dedication, and I can't get past the first chapter. Yours was full of passages that made me stop just to admire them. The whole thread about fishing, slipping the hook, and Jesus the fisherman: the evocation of Nature and our place in it and our relations to other creatures in so many places: the riffs on memory and storytelling: lines like "I don't think anyone ever does someone else's dying right". Believe me, my wife's dying can support that with 20 anecdotes.
"Because there's more truth than the actual facts of a story can ever tell." If you can sum up your thoughts about a book and put them down concisely, either it wasn't a good book or you didn't get it. Cliff's notes and New Yorker long form reviews aren't the book. I'm just overflowing with reactions to Theft and keep thinking of more faster than I can type.
My dog is more important to me than almost any person in my life, she's 8 and a half, not in any sort of crisis, but the thought of her dying is unbearable to me, always with me, and makes me doubt my ability to go on without her when the time comes. I've had a lot of well-meaning advice from friends, other dog owners, my brother, my doctor and yes, even a therapist. None of it at all relevant or useful to me. Theft gave me some peace. Muchas gracias. ...more
There are a lot of facile comparisons of the Soviet to the Nazi regime usually with an ax to grind about which was worse. This book is much better thaThere are a lot of facile comparisons of the Soviet to the Nazi regime usually with an ax to grind about which was worse. This book is much better than that. It specifically focuses on the vast civilian murders in the territories those two governments fought over committed by both sides and puts them in context with the public and official opinions of the times. I have read a lot of material on these subjects and I still found a lot new here. Highly recommended. ...more
The book is not so much a discussion of the trial as it is about the impact of the trial on Israeli culture. We live awash in Holocaust awareness withThe book is not so much a discussion of the trial as it is about the impact of the trial on Israeli culture. We live awash in Holocaust awareness with new books, plays, and movies all the time. In Israel the symbolism of the Holocaust is constantly invoked by politicians and educators. It is hard to remember that the Holocaust was not a subject of discussion for many years after the events. It was not even seen as a separate genocidal program different from other wartime atrocities. The Eichmann trial changed all that.
This book also has much more behind the scenes information about the trial then other books like Arendt's and Lipstadt's. Things like how the police built their case, how witnesses were selected, how the prosecution, judges, and defense attorneys's were chosen, and what the political interference in the trial was like.
I'd be very interested in the author's thoughts about how the story of the Holocaust has developed in Israel in recent years and how it affects politics today. Would she agree with Avraham Burg that it has engendered a paralyzingly fear that needs to be overcome? I'll have to do some research to find out.