Sunday, February 05, 2012

2012 book 32

Ramona Ausubel's No One is Here Except All of Us
It's 1939, and an isolated Jewish town in Romania decides to remake the world to try and fend off the war.  And the rest of the book proceeds like that, feeling entirely unreal and almost like you're underwater. I didn't really understand protagonist Lena's journey, maybe because she just seems to float through life and I really wanted her to be more proactive. And one part of the end really pissed me off. Nothing in this story is straightforward, really, but if the Holocaust doesn't lend itself to weird fairy tale-like stories, what does?

Look, I have no idea what I thought about this book. It was a little too . . . literary-cum-atmospheric for me. B.

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