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5.0 out of 5 stars Even if it rains every day for a thousand years..., 8 May 2011
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I would have very happily read this novel even without the murder mystery element such was Zimler's moving portrayal of life in the Jewish Ghetto of World War II Warsaw. Having said that, the murder plot was very clever indeed and unless you suss out the anagrams and speak Polish and German you're surely not going to unravel it before the author reveals it slowly.

You're taken beyond the cliched images of the bewildered, haggard Jews in the ghetto which you're used to seeing in documentaries. The characters in the novel refuse to submit meekly to their fate, getting what they can out of life in such a desperate situation. In the midst of the squalor (which they often use as a source of gentle teasing of each other), they were trying to lead as normal a life as possible and Zimler gives you a heart-warming insight into their courageous refusal to give up.

You desperately want all the (good) characters to survive but even the person telling the story doesn't know who made it out alive.

Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 24 May 2011 15:27:35 BDT
Richard says:
THANK YOU for your generous and intelligent review. I am grateful! Always gratifying to be read and appreciated by a thoughtful person. (The book comes out in the States in early July, in case you have friends there...)
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