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Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
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Jan 31, 09

Read in January, 2009

This is such an unusual book that I hardly know how to rate it. It is a disturbing theme but beautifully written. It is like reading a poem about a horrible event. It is about a young Jewish boy hidden away whose family are all killed as the Nazis pass through his village in Poland. He wanders into a place where a Greek geologist is studying a submerged city hundreds of years old. The man recognizes the plight of the child and carries him hidden into Greece. There they live together with the child remaining hidden until the end of the war. The boy is so traumatized by the events that his whole life and expecially his relationships are colored by his memories. His rescuer trys to help him by opening up his mind to the wonders of the world around him. The book explores his life into adulthood and even his influence on others after his death. It is hard to believe people can behave in such brutal and inhuman ways as is described, but I know that similar things are happening all over the world today. There are hopeful things in the book, but I don't recommend it unless you are willing to be disturbed and saddened.
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message 1: by Lady Susan (new)

Lady Susan Sounds intriguing, but I think I will pass on this one as I am currently not interested in being "disturbed and saddened." ;)

message 2: by Meredith (new)

Meredith How did you happen upon this book?

Julia Meredith wrote: "How did you happen upon this book? "

I had heard about it and happened upon it at the Logan Book Exchange where I take books I have read and pick up others for not much money.

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