Top positive review
6 people found this helpful
More than just a Classic.
on 23 April 2008
If you are not moved profoundly by this book; to think, feel and behave more humanely and pro-actively then you need a heart and brain transplant!
Cliched pics and a formulaic approach to the narrative do not change the fact that this book will be an utter classic.
Deceptively simply worded, this is a thought provoking and inspiring tale of survival that will both open a window on 21st century oppression and return feelings of the sheer resilience of the human spirit.
Enter, if you will, a world of professionally-designed torment and hate; witness the magnanimous dignity that overcame, as far as humanly possible, policies created and enacted by evil geniuses.
Ostensibly the narrative is about a young Turk from Germany: 'collateral damage' in the 'Global War on Terror', yet this book is testament to far greater issues, issues of such magnitude that to describe them as Orwellian or Kafkaesque would be to grotesquely underplay them. It reveals the realities of the proponents of Freedom and Human Rights in a disarmingly factual manner.
There is a Germanic black humour, seemingly strained with the waters of the steppes of Turkey and the Caucasus, that punctuates the narrative. The very presence of humour, while inimicable to the human spirit, is only fitting in a book such as this due to the unmistakable nature of what the reader is witnessing: The sheer intensity of will to survive, both physically and intellectually, that this young man exudes.
This book is a desperately needed testament from Kurnaz to a world ravaged by sinful propaganda built on the backs of those who did not survive to tell the tale. He credits his religious faith with helping him survive where teams of psychologists and psyhchiatrists would have him fail.
Becuase this is indeed a portrait of the crucifixation of humanity from those who teach us about human rights. If Christ, who receives mention in the text, was around today, which side of the razor-edged fence would he be on?
This book should be required reading 'American Culture', International Politics and Human Rights course everywhere.
Perhaps there is one quote that sets the focus in this true-life and on-going narrative: 'We will do to you what the Germans did to the Jews'.
We would do well to not ignore the American's remark.