"Under Total Eclipse We Will Tremble Like Birds Without Song" by Lee Vidor 5***** Amazon Kindle $3.99 leevidor.com One can also purchase "The Auschwitz Ch"Under Total Eclipse We Will Tremble Like Birds Without Song" by Lee Vidor 5***** Amazon Kindle $3.99 leevidor.com One can also purchase "The Auschwitz Chapter for .99 *In Ms. Vidors prologue she states "that although the characters are fictional virtually every specific incident this story is fully documented as having occurred in occupied Europe during WW2." She goes on to thank Dina Mironovna Wasserman, for her written eyewitness testimony of what took place at Babi Yar Ravine in Kiev, Ukraine on September 29-30, 1941. From the over 30,000 brutally slain in that two day period, she was the lone survior. The title comes from a poem that she has, I assume, written & given the honor to one of the Sonderkommandos as having scratched above the burning furnace at Auschwitz. He would of been one, who for a moment, retained a shred a shred of humanity in a world where evil rules. Sonderkommandos, fellow Jews given a few extra rations to handle the unthinkable death chores Auschwitz required, such as putting "freight" straight from the showers, (after been picked over for useful materials such as gold teeth, skin for lamp shades, hair for felt, bones for their minerals, contraband in or upon ones corpse) then efficiently hooked into the the blazing furnaces. "This metal door will not keep us in silence We will not remain shut inside these flames Under total eclipse. Tear down the skies Put out the stars Let no birds fly over Auschwitz Let there be no singing here Let nothing exsist in this place Through all the ages of man to come Except the awesome grief Of what has been learned here Let nothing grow at Auschwitz Nothing Except the will never to forget Never Of the darkness in the human heart Ours Which can put out even the sun Forever" This book was very intense. It was a very hard read only due to the subject matter & it's a vivid retelling in the hands of Lee Vidor. She holds nothing back, no sugarcoating here. But her words are magical, like a song. It is, at it's heart, a love story. And a story of heroes and patriots. The setting is a small coastal town in France Cherbourg, France, very strategic for the German occupiers. The story is about the people of this small town, who have known one another for a lifetime, but this war changes everything & everyone. Our hero & heroine are Ellen Provost, a young schoolteacher who has lost her husband & young son in the early stage of the war & can find no meaning in life. Paul Giraud, a member of The French Resistance has been sent from Paris to Cherbourg for his own safety & to start up a splinter cell along with his Parisian friend, Marc. It is the story of Suzanne, Ellens beloved, playful sister. She is thought to be "loose" by many but her loyalty is the true testament of her character. Rachels story is the testimony of what occurred at Babi Yar Ravine. Hard to stomach. Ruth, ahhhh, poor Ruth. Many times I had to just put this book down and breathe. But at the same time I feel the authors love and tenderness emanate through every word. She was invested 100% through their greatest joy down to their ultimate, inevitable, overwhelming, sorrow. She makes you love, as much as she does, some of these townspeople of Cherbourg. Fighting so valiantly a war that no chance of success, except in ones own moral conscious. I wonder, would I, could I, ever be so brave? Not in my mind or my heart. But in real action. THATS why we read things like this and we say....Never Forget....so no one is ever put to that kind of test. Never. No One. This is one I will never forget. ...more
Even better than all the hype. Masterful storytelling, impeccable research, this book of horrors are handled exquisitely by Ms. Hillebrand turning it
Even better than all the hype. Masterful storytelling, impeccable research, this book of horrors are handled exquisitely by Ms. Hillebrand turning it into something close to magical or even beautiful. Quite a feat. Kudos. ...more
Not in the same category as Fight Club. Not quite as unique as Damned. A world of difference (to the better) over the last CP I read, which I didn't
Not in the same category as Fight Club. Not quite as unique as Damned. A world of difference (to the better) over the last CP I read, which I didn't care for. To the point I don't think I even remember the title! Fan Club? All the name dropping? Read Lullaby instead. Or Damned. Or Choked. Or Fight Club.
Lullaby is dark, black humor plumed into a road trip that swings some curves with the unlikeliest of compadres on a mission—to save innocents from SIDS, even while one is profiting from this Olde African Lullaby. If you're a fan, and you like his black humor, it's worth the read.
P.S. Not Fan Club, lol ; ) It's "Tell-All." ...more