Waiting for Leah

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Harvill, 17.06.2004 - 153 Seiten
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Leah is set in Theresienstadt, the ghetto created by the Nazis in northern Bohemia as a staging post for the transport of Jews to Poland. The time is September 1944; the war is going badly for the Germans, and they are in a hurry to complete their "Final Solution". Rumours are rife among the Jews in the ghetto, even though nothing definite is known of the Nazis' intentions, or perhaps it is deliberately not believed.The heroine of the novel, Leah, an eighteen year old girl from Holland, has, like most of those around her, given up living in accordance with her beliefs. The narrator is a lad of seventeen, likewise still relatively unaffected by the moral disinteragration around him. By chance he encounters Vili Field, a pre-ward acquaintence who had seduced his young girlfriend. Vili takes the narrator to the tiny attic he shares with Leah. Thus begins an erotic entanglement that ends with the narrator and Vili being sent to their deaths in the East. Leah travels with them, but in a different part of the train. Conditions on this journey are unspeakable; Lustig evokes them memorably in this novel about impossible in appalling circumstances.

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Review: Waiting for Leah

Nutzerbericht  - Mirvan Ereon - Goodreads

I am writing this review a few years after I read this book. I want to give it a second chance. I think there is so much potential in this book. maybe I was just not in the right mind when I read it ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: Waiting for Leah

Nutzerbericht  - Mike - Goodreads

effectively evokes a brief but intense meeting between three young adults brought together not by chance but by the awful efficiency of the Final Solution. frequent bracketed remarks, made with the benefit of hindsight, create creeping dread. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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