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The Kommandant's Mistress by Sherri Szeman
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May 02, 2012

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Szeman used the interesting technique of using a key word from a paragraph uttered by one protagonist to set off an association with another character who used the same word in a completely different context. In so doing, she moved from the present to the past or the future involving one or more of the characters. This technique lost much of its interest as the constant changes interrupted the flow of the narrative.
The tale is often harrowing and compelling but the reader never really gets to know or understand either of the two main protagonists as we are only given glimpses of them in these sporadic episodes.
I also found the treatment of the Kommandant rather heavy handed and overplayed.
In spite of this objections I found the writing interesting and the narrative compelling.
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