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4.0 out of 5 stars He's a bit like me
"Life with a Star" is the second book by the Czech author Jiri Weil that I have read this year , having recently finished the excellent "Mendelssohn is on the Roof". This book tells the fascinating and sad tale of the life of a middle aged Jewish man called Josef during the Nazi occupation of Prague in the Second World War. Josef is almost totally alone...
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3.0 out of 5 stars strange
strange book no beginning no end just a short time in between written in an odd way was not sure if he was in a dream who he was talking about nearly put it down but went to the end then left with why stop there what happened after that???
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's a bit like me, 26 April 2014
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"Life with a Star" is the second book by the Czech author Jiri Weil that I have read this year , having recently finished the excellent "Mendelssohn is on the Roof". This book tells the fascinating and sad tale of the life of a middle aged Jewish man called Josef during the Nazi occupation of Prague in the Second World War. Josef is almost totally alone in life , bereft of family and friends and he merely has an existence rather than a life. He lives on his own in a shabby , run down garrett on the city outskirts and he reminisces about a lost love throughout the book and takes solace in the company of a stray cat whom he takes in. Through Josef's eyes, the reader gets to know what it was like to be a Jew in Prague at that time ; oppressed by petty regulations ,discrimination and dispossession and haunted by the prospect of being called up for one of the regular "transports" of Jews to "the East", which the reader knows is death by gas at Auschwitz. We share in Josef's mundane existence and I felt sorry for this bewildered , sad and lonely man who puts up with his degradations stoically. Can he avoid the ominous prospect of being called up for a "transport" ? Can he find any meaning or enjoyment in his daily existence ? This book is well written and it is narrated in an unemotive , matter of fact manner by an author who has depicted this appalling period of European history in a very sensitive and enlightened way. An ideal book for anyone wanting to get a flavour of what life was like for Jews at this time and I would recommend "Mendelssohn is on the Roof" to anybody who enjoyed this book. It's even better than "Life with a Star".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 13 Feb 2013
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As per other (more articulate) reviewers, this truly is an outstanding book. Utterly horrific, made all the more so by the outwardly unemotive way he refers to his persecutors. For anyone with even a passing interest in WW2 this is a true "must read".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing book, 3 April 2013
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This book is an eye opener. It tells the story of a Jew's survival during the Second World War in a completely original and unsentimental way, and without ever mentioning the words 'Nazi' or 'German'. It is powerful, moving, shocking and ironic. A stunning read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'A LESSON IN THE DARKEST HISTORY OF EUROPE', 18 Jan 2013
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What can I say about a book that is so utterly moving, thoroughly compelling, and deeply disturbing - evoking the barbaric horrors of the Holocaust... The author with his astonishing and simplistic narrative, has truly captured the essence of the vilest horrors befalling the Jewish race at the hands of the merciless, murderous, and TOTALLY immoral Nazis', who incidentally are emotively only referred to as THEM or THEY etc in the narrative. I became totally engrossed in the protagonist's (hopeless) plight at the hands of a regime HELL-BENT on wiping out THE entire Jewish population of Europe, and beyond if they could... As the previous reviewer so rightly states: 'Life With a Star' should unequivocally be a STANDARD on every school curriculum throughout the world. I particular was moved by the humility and tenaciousness of the leading character - who SOMEHOW maintained his dignity to the very END. This book stirred me beyond tears, however the protagonist's release still left me with an innate HOPE for the human race... The RACIST tragedy of this novel could befall ANY particular 'race' or 'group' at any time in our volatile mad world - but MUST never be allowed to EVER, EVER happen again!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do do do read this!, 6 May 2014
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Fantastic sad and moving story, had me in tears! I couldn't put it down. Factual story built into a tale of fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem, 5 May 2014
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A wonderful book. Perhaps explains more than any other more factual account, how a Jew would have felt during the second world war. Totally absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and honest, 4 May 2014
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This first-person account of the horror and indignity of life as a Jew in occupied Eastern Europe is written without anger, and in such a matter-of-fact way that it is all the more moving. Most people know what happened to the Jews during World War 2, but this book makes explicit the daily grind of uncertainty, perpetual hunger, cold, exclusion from public places and menial work, yet does so in a non self-pitying way. I would recommend this book to adolescents as well as to adults who possibly don't appreciate the dangers that nationalism and racism can lead to.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read it, 31 Oct 2012
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There just aren't the words to describe this book. It should be on the school cirriculum. Buy it, I'm sure you will not regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars strange, 16 Jun 2014
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strange book no beginning no end just a short time in between written in an odd way was not sure if he was in a dream who he was talking about nearly put it down but went to the end then left with why stop there what happened after that???
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 Sep 2014
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