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The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn
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Feb 05, 09


Daniel Mendelsohn, an award-winning book critic and author of The Elusive Embrace, tells a magnificent, heartbreaking story that toggles between past and present. Masterfully and lovingly narrated, his story extends Holocaust remembrance past the tragedy itself to rescue from oblivion the vanished world of prewar Poland. Despite the utterly compelling nature of this family history (Mendelsohn's own life included), The Lost is not an easy read. First, there's the difficult subject matter. Second, Mendelsohn interweaves medieval Jewish interpretations of biblical stories into his story, which gives the book tremendous depth but, according to some critics, confuses the central story line. Self-conscious and elaborate prose detracted a few others. In the end, however, "By honoring these six relatives, Mendelsohn has paid homage to all of those who perished in Hitler's Final Solution" (San Francisco Chronicle).

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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