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Armenian Golgotha by Grigoris Balakian
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Jul 20, 2012

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Unfortunately, this was the book that put me past my Armenian Genocide saturation point. It's very, very long. I would say needlessly long, but I understand that, as a witness to the genocide, he was acting as a faithful recorder of EVERYTHING that happened. So I was willing to excuse that. What really got to me was the stereotyping. ALL Armenians (with the exception of one or two traitors) were angelic martyrs, doing no wrong. ALL Turks (with very, very few exceptions) were either bloodthirsty killers or potentially bloodthirsty killers who just hadn't had a taste of Armenian blood yet. It's too black and white--too unreal. Granted, he's a priest, so it reads like a book of martyrs. But it doesn't seem quite human. Not like "Night" was.

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