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Day After Night
Reviewed by- linda (2009/09/27, 04:26 AM)
The tone of this novel is dark, perhaps by design to convey the past agonies of the four female protagonists; they are the survivors of the Holocaust. The story is based on a true event, the post war detainment and rescue of several hundred prisoners from the Atlit detention camp for illegal immigrants. For me this was the initial draw to the book. I read “The Red Tent” by this author and thought the tragic circumstances of these women combined with Anita Diamant’s powerful writing style and talent for exquisitely depicting the female bonding process would make for intense, dramatic reading. I loved the unique perspective the storyline provided into this small slice of history, but have to admit the characters were flat at times; it was an effort to keep track of who was who. The writing style was also a bit lackluster with large portions of the book devoted to random conversations between the characters; most of the action was held in reserve until the end of the book. The book sheds light on the interesting, little know period of post war Europe but for me at least, failed to convey the emotional trauma the characters suffered though and the deep frustration they must have felt at once again being held captive waiting for their freedom. The book certainly has great historical value, I recommend it to those who crave knowledge on the aftermath of the Holocaust and don’t mind a presentation that seeks to educate rather than entertain.Back.

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