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QB VII

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  27,168 ratings  ·  395 reviews
In Queen’s Bench Courtroom Number Seven, famous author Abraham Cady stands trial. In his book The Holocaust—born of the terrible revelation that the Jadwiga Concentration Camp was the site of his family’s extermination—Cady shook the consciousness of the human race. He also  named eminent surgeon Sir Adam Kelno as one of Jadwiga’s most sadistic inmate/doctors. Kelno has de ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by Bantam (first published 1970)
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Maria Clara
¿Qué puedo decir? A pesar de que la primera parte me gustó mucho por lo imprevisto de la situación (Uris es un genio a la hora de describir un lugar o una situación), el juicio se me hizo eterno; quizá por el realismo con que lo describe. De todas maneras, es atroz leer sobre lo que pasó en el campo de prisioneros de Jadwiga (uno de los peores por los experimentos que se hacían con los prisioneros)
Gail
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I don't like to be contradictory, but this book is not a contrived situation for Leon Uris to make a point. It's based on a lawsuit taken against Uris himself.

The basic plot involves a doctor bringing suit for slander against a Jewish author who mentions him, in a work of fiction, as being a Nazi collaborator. Since the story takes place in England, we learn much about the British legal system and the meaning of the word slander. There's plenty of tension, a satisfying ending, and a lot of tang
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Jude
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Leon Uris writes a story that reaches out in the first pages and grabs you. There is no worry over the numbers of pages here; you thank the stars that it HAS heft because you don't want to finish this one. I learned more about medicine, law, the holocaust, Judaism, life changes, and what time will and won't heal than I ever thought possible in this book. Some books you live with for a while; this was some quality time.
Ashok
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Strange how memory plays tricks. I read this book first probably in the late 70s and all I remembered before I started reading it again was that it was a court case that described explicitly what a Polish surgeon did in a concentration camp during WW II.

Actually, that's only about a third of the book, perhaps less. But obviously that left the most lasting impression.

Following a visit to Auschwitz, I decided to read this book again after some 35 years and did not regret my decision.
Chrystal
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Almost didn't want to read this because of it's obscure title, and length. So glad I finally read it. Some books you forget right away; this one will stick with me for awhile. The author uses his talent to weave an emotional roller coaster that sets up the libel trial with the reader knowing both plaintiff and defendant intimately. It's a gripping novel to the very end as the reader struggles to find out the truth.
While some parts are awful and graphic, I think any matter relating to the Holoca
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J.M.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jews & optimists
Warning: raw pessimism ahead.

So, this is a fairly unique read. Quick, how many Holocaust-related courtroom dramas can you think of? ... Okay, Judgment at Nuremberg? Was that a book in addition to being a movie? I'll allow it.

The point is, there aren't that many. This is one of those serious books that nevertheless has a touch of playfulness, if only in the kind of narrative magic trick being pulled. You first get a depiction of Dr. Adam Kelno as a pretty cool guy. Hey, he's a Polish doctor. What
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Jaksen
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For a book which details how a person will respond to evil, there is nothing better.

Adam Kelno, well-known, knighted, accomplished, a brilliant doctor who once worked in a Polish concentration camp, has been libeled by a writer. Accused of performing 'unnecessary' surgeries on hundreds of concentration camp inmates, he retaliates with a lawsuit.

Abraham Cady, writer of both great fiction (and trashy) is the accuser. In his new novel, Holocaust, he mentions, very briefly, that Adam Kelno didn't pe
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David (דוד)
QB VII (Queen's Bench Court #7) is a courtroom drama set in London in 1967. It is based on a real-life libel case against Uris himself, when in 1964 he was sued by Dr. Wladislaw Dering. Dr. Dering had sued the writer over claims made in his earlier novel Exodus that he had been involved in medical experiments in Auschwitz.

The topic in question is about the sterilization experiments that were performed mainly upon the Jews (and at times, others) that took place in the fictional Jadwiga Concentrat
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Annie
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a Polish man Adam Kelno who was accused of the war crime of doing improper surgeries, for example, without the use of anesthetic or removing healthy people’s reproductive organs during WWII in a Polish concentration camp. After he was tried and found not guilty he fled to remote jungle village with his family to escape what he claimed were the Jews and communists trying to discredit him as a doctor. During his time in hiding the book The Holocaust, was written by the acclai ...more
Simone
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed. With a subject matter as interesting as this, it should have been a great book. The courtroom scenes are when this book comes alive, but they only get started around page 250, which is more than halfway in. The pages until then are spent developing the background of the two principal characters. Despite this, I feel neither character ever becomes anything more than a two dimensional cliché: the Polish, Jew-hating doctor with the explosive temper, and the misogynistic, Je ...more
Rodger
Jun 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
This has been on my to read list for a long time. I was totally disappointed in it. It was a contrived situation to give Uris opportunity for a sermon.

The situation could be compared to OJ Simpson bringing suit against the Goldman family for defaming him, while knowing all the time he was guilty. I don't think that will happen.

Neither do I think a war criminal would go to court to clear his name because of an obscur paragraph in a book mentioning someone with the same last name. A guilty man w
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Javier C
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lo siento, pero me ha parecido bastante tostón.

Una pena, porque el argumento a priori es de interés: un juicio al estilo Nürnberg, a un presunto colaborador de los nazis en la realización de experimentos médicos con judíos en un campo de concentración. Parece difícil que de aquí no salga con facilidad un texto interesante y ameno. Pero no, sobre todo lo de ameno: de ameno, nada. Al menos, desde mi punto de vista.

No me ha gustado nada el estilo del autor. Pero nada. Se va por los cerros de Úbeda,
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Ken
Apr 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book kept me turning the pages, and even more important, kept me thinking. Leon Uris creates two sympathetic characters at odds with each other -- both protagonists and antagonists, each of them. Whose side to be on? Who to believe?

This novel deals honestly with human nature under the most dire circumstances. Would you hurt a stranger, a friend -- a loved one? Of course not. What if your own life were at stake? Would you spare another, even if it meant your own death? In this case, a concen
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Charly
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Uris writes books that are just hard to put down.He grabs you and just will not let go. This too I read when it first came out.
Andy
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title refers to a courtroom drama, but it takes a few zillion pages for that to start. I think this is a novel that in style and substance might have been much more interesting when it came out, but it feels simultaneously heavy-handed and confused to me. I don't feel like the doctor's character held together well, or that the set-up for the lawsuit even made that much sense. I understand it's somewhat autobiographical (for the author part), so the issue is that reality is absurd, but that's ...more
Pamela
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-challenge
...this is a book I read for my Contemporary Novel class in high school and I need to re-read it again now with an adult mind. I remember it's impact on me then....I can only imagine it's impact NOW...but I need to re-read this for my kids too. For someday...they will read it too.....

Excellent opportunity to read this book again...only now with an adult mind. It's probably been 25 years since I read this novel for a Lit class in High School. I didn't recall much either about the book before star
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Laura
This is the story of a trial in Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven of a famous author Abraham Cady against the surgeon Adam Kelno who acted in the Polish concentration camp of Jadwiga.

Like Nuremberg's trial, this books will reveal all atrocities committed by the Nazis, specially against the Jews.

5* Trinity
4* QB VII
TR The Haj
Eric
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Extremely well written, though the details of what went on in a Nazi prison camp are gruesome to say the least. This story is based on Uris' own court case over the book "Exodus."

An amazing tale!
Joyce Hahnenkratt
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Second time with this book ...Leon Uris is one of the best authors I have read, so I wanted to retread some of his books. This one did not disappoint.
Heidi
This was a gripping story that had me at the edge of my seat. I keep trying to write a review for this book, but the words can't do it justice. A must read.
Katie
Bottom line, this never should have been published. It is unquestionably one of the worst books I've ever read in my entire life---worse than books that merely have stupid plots or challenged writing, because those are just superficial flaws of superficial books. No, QB VII is the worst kind of book in that it was written by a talented author, yet it insults, manipulates and proselytizes ad nauseum.

If you believe the inside cover, you'll pick up this book thinking you're going to hear the story
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Jean
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
According to my records I read “QB VII” in 1979 with a comment about how good it was. I have read all of Uris’s books except “Battle Cry”. My favorite Leon Uris books are “Exodus,” “Mila 18” and “QB VII.” It was after I had read QB VII I discovered the book was a fictionalization of a libel suit which grew out of the publication of the book “Exodus”. On page 155 Uris named a Polish physician Wladislaw Dering M.D. whom he asserted performed experimental surgery on human guinea pigs for the Nazi’s ...more
Filip Đukić
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Majdak u predgovoru - Urisa naziva pučkim piscem - za šire mase, lako shvatljivog i bez neke prevelike visoko umjetničke vrijednosti. Možda je taj epitet "pučki" previše strog, ali Uris definitivno odiše lakoćom i ne prevelikom težinom u pisanju; bilo da se to odnosi na samu strukturu rečenica ili samim tehnikama pisanja (iako u samom djelu imamo 3 dijela - priče odvojene - koje se na kraju spajaju u jednu cjelinu koja kulminira). Sama radnja kao i stil su jednostavni, a problematika koja se obr ...more
Hal Zenner
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Halfway through this book you will turn ashen, tears will threaten to flow, and a burning knot will form in your throat. There's not much else I can say.... Years ago while on a business trip to Vienna I visited a small Jewish museum on a small street not far from the opulent grander that's so visited by tourists. The museum happened to be showing a documentary of medical experiments / atrocities committed during the Holocaust. I could not sit through it and left. I'm happy to say that I finishe ...more
Stefan
Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
QB VII by Leon Uris is a well written book that combine's strong character development (the back stories of the protagonist and the antagonist were well written), memorable mental imagery, understandable dialogue, a plot that rushes with tension towards the final climax, and some interesting historical facts and historical/cultural background, all mixed together in a literary masterpiece by Leon Uris. QB VII is an outstanding historical thriller keeps the narrative flowing smoothly in a way that ...more
Judy
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone should read it
Recommended to Judy by: my mom
Shelves: jewish-theme

I read many of Leon Uris's books as a teenager. This book was first published in 1970. Two of his books, QB VII and Mila 18 in particular, made a huge impact on my young mind. The storytelling is superb, and these two stories were so compelling, so painful, and so true to history even though they are fictional accounts of those times. I recommend both of them to anyone who wants to know what life was really like for some people during WWII.
Suzanne
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was so depressing. It made me really sad. I read it a long time ago and I remember it so well and it still makes me sad. I remember going into our back yard and laying in the grass and staring at grass and think of all the horrible things that had been done to people in the book.
Jayne
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was not quite as I expected it. The first half felt kind of slow, setting up the courtroom drama, which started about halfway in. Once the trial started, though, it was riveting.

I enjoyed this book very much, after its slow start. I listened to the Audible version, narrated by John Lee. While Mr. Lee had a monumental task with the variety of accents required throughout, I felt he did an admirable job. My only complaint was in the voice of Abraham Cady. Of course, he was one of the mai
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John
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
My only regret is researching the plot about 25 pages into reading. I considered stopping, but it's such a rich and compelling story that it made no difference. Quite a tutorial on the British court system, at least as it was...
Karan
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally finished. A very good book, but some of the passages about the concentration camp were difficult to get through because of what they described.

My first Leon Uris book, reminded me of Jeffrey Archer novels of wide scope, such as Kane & Abel, and As the Crow Flies..
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Leon Marcus Uris (August 3, 1924 - June 21, 2003) was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976.

Leon Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Jewish-American parents Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a pa
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