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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and sensitive..., 25 Mar 2013
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It seems Hero of Our Time writer Richard Foreman has again picked up his evocative pen to introduce Warsaw, the engaging story trapped in occupied Poland in 1942. Rooted in the ever horrifying subject of the Holocaust, we witness the intricate relationship network within Warsaw's ghetto, delving into the corners of menacing and victimised characters alike. Foreman's sympathetic style, manifested in the protagonist Duritz, a Jewish policeman, evokes a sense of compassion inside the reader, where the constant scare of evacuation brings terrorised characters and the reader ever closer in battle against the Nazi forces. Foreman's narration is beautiful in its imagery; his occasionally fragmented style reflects unsure thoughts in characters, portrayed with a subtly sincere tone through lines full of imagery and evocative sorrow. Effectively married together is the fatal predicament of the Nazi's intentions with stimulating philosophical insights, featuring Kierkegaard and Dickensian comparisons, existentially questioning the events through Foreman's voice yet using the fictional story to sustain it. Do not just assume this a Holocaust story for somewhat paradoxical pleasure however, for it is a story loaded with educational value, with the amount of facts embedded to rival the Imperial War Museum. At a lengthy 26 chapters, with some heavier in violence than others but some more delicate in content- both as effective as the other in narrating the different lives- it's a comfortable e-read. The bitter-sweet interpretation of the 70-year-old tragedy in Warsaw shall remain, for me, an unforgettable episode in the history of mass genocide and also in the recent history of British literature. It seems Hero of Our Time writer Richard Foreman has again picked up his evocative pen to introduce Warsaw, the engaging story trapped in occupied Poland in 1942. Rooted in the ever horrifying subject of the Holocaust, we witness the intricate relationship network within Warsaw's ghetto, delving into the corners of menacing and victimised characters alike. Foreman's sympathetic style, manifested in the protagonist Duritz, a Jewish policeman, evokes a sense of compassion inside the reader, where the constant scare of evacuation brings terrorised characters and the reader ever closer in battle against the Nazi forces. Foreman's narration is beautiful in its imagery; his occasionally fragmented style reflects unsure thoughts in characters, portrayed with a subtly sincere tone through lines full of imagery and evocative sorrow. Effectively married together is the fatal predicament of the Nazi's intentions with stimulating philosophical insights, featuring Kierkegaard and Dickensian comparisons, existentially questioning the events through Foreman's voice yet using the fictional story to sustain it. Do not just assume this a Holocaust story for somewhat paradoxical pleasure however, for it is a story loaded with educational value, with the amount of facts embedded to rival the Imperial War Museum. At a lengthy 26 chapters, with some heavier in violence than others but some more delicate in content- both as effective as the other in narrating the different lives- it's a comfortable e-read. The bitter-sweet interpretation of the 70-year-old tragedy in Warsaw shall remain, for me, an unforgettable episode in the history of mass genocide and also in the recent history of British literature.
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