The writing is moving. The resilience of the black spirit is manifested in all its glory. The ease with which a person can claim superiority over otheThe writing is moving. The resilience of the black spirit is manifested in all its glory. The ease with which a person can claim superiority over others because of his color, sex or ancestry is resonating with me in the present day, in a different land. Isn't it a shame that this idea is a universal common?
The human being is always a malicious, greedy creature. Sarah's finding her real purpose in life, and choosing that purpose over what her heart desires, is inspiring. Handful's courage is the notion we grapple with all our lives and wish to commit to. ...more
**spoiler alert** The story lines are brilliant. It's the language that troubled me. At first, I thought it's originally written in German, and transl**spoiler alert** The story lines are brilliant. It's the language that troubled me. At first, I thought it's originally written in German, and translated into English. The language was rickety. It was standing precariously between archaic manners of speech and informal language. There is of course a chance that this was intentional to accentuate the foreignness of the text. Then again, if the author wanted me to feel detached, or less-German in a manner of speaking, why didn't he choose an English voice to tell the story? Like for example, an English native could have discovered a journal written by Sigrid in German, and he/she translated it to English. The story itself is good.. Somehow. The war and its toll on all involved, those who benefited and those who suffered. The totalitarian iron fist. All well imagined and portrayed. Sigrid is a cheating bitch and there is no way in hell she would be the Champion of All Things Moral. The woman freely gave herself to a man in a movie theater while her husband was at home! Then had a mindless affair with yet another man she despised. But oh wait.. She is deprived of children and she is helping the resistance, so she is nobel after all. I wanted to suffocate her. I even liked her mother in law because she gave her a hard time. ...more