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Day After Night
by Anita Diamant
Historical Fiction
From The Jacket:Atlit is a holding camp for "illegal" immigrants in Israel in 1945. There, about 270 men and women await their future and try to recover from their past. Diamant, with infinite compassion and understanding, tells the stories of the women gathered in this place. Shayndel is a Polish Zionist who fought the Germans with a band of partisans. Leonie is a Parisian beauty. Tedi is Dutch, a strapping blond who wants only to forget. Zorah survived Auschwitz. Haunted by unspeakable memories and too many losses to bear, these young women, along with a stunning cast of supporting characters who work in or pass through Atlit, begin to find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience, as they confront the challenge of recreating themselves and discovering a way to live again.
I was disappointed in this book. It was a character driven novel, but for me they did not have distinct enough voices; it was hard to get emotionally invested in them. The pacing of the book was too slow for me also; but I loved learning about this period of post war Europe. If you are a serious Holocaust fanatic, read this book, if not you might want to skip this one.
by-Lyn 2009/09/27, 04:35 AM
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