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A Worthwhile Read, For All Sorts of Reasons.
on 10 October 2012
I've finally found a novel sadder than the saddest story of Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier. Warsaw left me with tears in my eyes after reading the final chapter and epilogue.
Although tragic the plot is far from predictable however and just when you think you can guess where the characters will end up the author alters your sympathies and the direction of the story.
Ironically, or perhaps deliberately, the most sympathetic character (and most virtuous/heroic) is the good German soldier, Thomas. Yet the tragedy, melancholy, of the ghetto even infects his noble soul.
In regards to some of the philosophical and sarcastic dialogue there's a fair bit of humour (one might call it Jewish humour) to alleviate the otherwise serious tone of the novel.
I could say a lot more about this book. Aside from perhaps the ending and a set piece chapter of a character's journey from the ghetto to the gas chambers Warsaw is not necessarily a page turner. It gives the reader far too much pause in places. But I urge you to read and persist with it.
A worthwhile read, for all sorts of reasons.