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A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
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Jun 17, 2011

really liked it

Because I read this a very long time ago, I really cannot write a thorough review, other than to say that the author has done an admirable job of drawing the characters who, while living through the time of the Holocaust, in spite of awful conditions of horror and deprivation, often managed to hang on to their humanity. In sharp contrast are the fiends who perpetrated the monstrous deeds demanded of them, by the Nazis and Facists. Also, in sharp contrast, are the two emotions that somehow lived in both. Within their own psyche, they carried a range of both good and evil behavior, depending on the circumstances. Some had noble reasons, forced to behave in a certain way in order to survive and/or protect others, while still others had the lowest of reasons and were merely filled with malevolence and hate, who willingly chose to perform horrific acts of abomination. Yet, in spite of this, when the final page is turned, one is left with the thought that there are good people in this world who shine and risk their lives to save and help others, in spite of the danger to themselves and their families. Goodness often wins out.

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