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Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwarz
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Jul 28, 2010

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Read in August, 2010 — I own a copy

What started out as a pretty decent book became a chore. The first third of the book was intriguing, taking place in Germany during the Allied liberation. It introduces Pavel and follows his struggles to reestablish his life after the war that destroyed his family and displaced thousands of Jews. Despite the writing being very stylized (dialogue without the use of quotation marks), this section of the book was engaging and I was interested in the characters that Pavel encountered. The last two-thirds of the book was much more tedious. Taking place in New York over the next four decades, it was overly introspective and by the end I felt like I was just witnessing people growing old. Focusing on mundane details about the characters daily lives, I was disappointed that there wasn’t more focus on poignant experiences like Pavel’s return to Poland. The summary mentions that the fall of the Iron Curtain was a monumental turning point, but it was mentioned in passing and really didn’t affect the overall plot. It explored the mentality of survivors, but I felt it lacked the culture of the race that pulled themselves out of the ashes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine Program.
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