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The Death of the Adversary by Hans Keilson
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Aug 07, 2010

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Read from October 12 to 15, 2010

I liked this book and would have given it a 3.5 if I could have. It was very powerful, sad, and confusing. The author is growing up during the rise of Hitler, but its very introspective and focuses on the narrator's own psyche and how he is dealing with the changing world. I never really understood one of the central themes of the book, although I felt that with some additional discussion w/ others who have read the book, I could have "gotten it." The narrator, a Jew, struggles with very contradictory feelings about his enemy, vacillating between hatred and a strange attraction. Do people partly love their enemies? Are love and hate completely distinct in the human brain? I am not sure and I can't relate to that level of hatred, but part of me feels like that could be true.

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