on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 03:18:38 AM
The writing is beautiful, the writing within the writing is beautiful...books, books within books, the power of words, the power of reading. This is an intelligent, moving depiction of life during wartime and the holocaust that somehow incorporates humor and savagery, tenderness and torture, courage and cowardice. The author weaves all these elements seamlessly together, almost effortlessly, but always finding the beauty, if there's beauty to be found, in every moment. Give this book to your kids, read it yourself and then donate it to a library or thrift shop so someone else will get a chance to read it.