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Day After Night by Anita Diamant
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May 31, 2010

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, holocaust, multi-cultural, israel
Read from May 27 to 31, 2010

I wish I could choose 3 1/2 stars. I still feel The Red Tent was Anita Diamant's masterpiece, but by the time I finished Day After Night, I was very glad to have read it. Unlike books on the Holocaust, this deals with the aftermath and the Jewish "illegal" immigrants who escaped to Israel only to become prisoners of the British in the Atlit internment camp.

I was never aware of the extent of the British treatment of those immigrants who exceeded the quota they had imposed, and I had not previously read of the amazing rescue of the over 200 Atlit prisoners during one night in October 1945.

Where the book fails, I believe, is in introducing too many characters in too short a span in the early pages, so that I was constantly trying to remember who was who. That being said, by the time of their rescue, each of the main players had endeared themselves to me and I was reluctant to see their stories end.
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message 1: by Chrissie (last edited Jun 01, 2010 10:24AM) (new)

Chrissie I missed this one! I am so happy you have brought it to my attention - but can it be az good as The Red Tent?! I also gave The Last Days of Dogtown 5 stars, but I do not think I want to read Good Harbor. I am curious about your review. Pls say something or drop a note to me explaining what you liked and didn't like. On one hand I think I have read so many of such books, but on the other hand I really like her writing. Agood author just grapbs you.

Toni, I am TOTALLY enjoying myself with Dandelions in the Garden. It is kind of guilty pleasure b/c the learning is minimal..... It makes me laugh, feel all gushy and cringe with horror! I cannot believe it is doing this to me. I almost feel embarassed to admit it! I thought I would tell you about it......

message 2: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Thanks for the review Toni! I do not think I will run out and read this. Few authors can do repeat preformances.

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