And when he writes historical fiction, as he does in The Wall, it is very close to actual events. Based on the real documents found buried inside the destroyed Jewish ghetto of Warsaw after WWII ended, it tells the story of the Jews who were trapped there by the Nazis who took over Poland in 1939, and the escalating determination to ...more
Despite the terrifying situation, most of the book is about relationships and personalities. Levinson, a recluse, finds a spirit of camaraderie and a "family" as ...more
The story follows the lives (if you can call it life) of a dozen of the half million Jews trapped in the Warsaw ghetto during the war, their struggles to cope, to live life, to survive, as the wall is built, conditions steadily worsen in the face of hunger, disease, and Nazi "manhunts," and fellow citizens are "deported." Some try to persevere, some try to escape, some try to fight back, some just give up.
Though this is a fictional novel, it ...more
It is very important to know that although this book is a novel,
it is based on true events, not loosely. Read the preface and you will see what I mean.
There is an archive in existence that validates ALL of the factual information.
This is a very, very important piece of history. There was also a movie and Broadway play
many years ago. The movie is still floating around out there. It did not lend itself well
to the live stage. The s ...more
The descriptions of living conditio ...more
This fictional account of the Warsaw Ghetto covers the implementation, construction, governing, and revolt; all from the perspective of journals written by a member of the central group of characters. The characters are wonderfully crafted, engaging, and bea...more
It takes place in Warsaw, Poland during the invasion of the Nazi's. Forty people made a stand
against the Nazi's occupation of their city. The book lets you into their lives and what it was like.
I visited Warsaw a few years ago and found what was left of the ghetto. There was part of the wall,
that the Nazi's erected to keep the Jews separate from the rest of the population, that was still
standing. Th ...more
He is right. It gets better. In fact, it gets breathtaking.
Still one of my all-time favorites.