Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
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Friday, July 6, 2012
This book is pretty well written overall. I started the book with an expectation that it would be mostly about the authors' parents' experiences from the Holocaust and then how they became broken psychologically and emotionally and the hardship they experienced when picking up their life together after liberation... But her parents turned out to be very strong and were able to put the trauma behind them to live a productive and normal life. They turned out to have a pretty good life after the liberation, which I am very glad. I feel their life after the war was very normal, a lot more normal than a lot of the people that I know.
Regardless of my different expectation, the book is entertaining and it gives me a glimpse of how others live their life. I can see some of the characters from this book in my own family. This book is a family story well told and it keeps me interested. It's not a book that will keep me up all night reading it, yet it's not a book that I will put aside without wanting to know what happens next . This memoir has a somewhat sad ending, but it's what it is. Unlike fairy tales, real life stories don't always end well. I just hope this honest memoir doesn't cause anymore damage to the already damaged relationship the author had with her siblings....Best of luck, Jaclyn, thank you for sharing your sometimes sweet, sometimes sad, and sometimes funny family dramas with me.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
When I was reading the book, I could see the author and her family walking through the narrow streets below in Uzhgorod in search of her father's old home.