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Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson
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Sep 19, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, literature
Read in August, 2010

What an intriguing and wonderful book. Introduced to this work through a review that both my parents and I read in the New York Times by Francine Prose where she positively gushed about this work, my parents gifted it to me for my birthday. What a wonderful present.

Set in the Netherlands during the German world War 2 occupation, this novel traces the lives impacted when a young Dutch couple takes in and hides a Jewish man who subsequently dies of pneumonia. During their anxious attempts to dispose of the body they leave identification which could incriminate themselves and are in turn forced into hiding.

Examining these lives from several angles, it is a touching work which highlights some of the aspects of WWII without venturing into the battlefield horrors of the war. Well written and fully enjoyable.

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