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  • Posted June 9, 2013

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    Seffina Desforges Tell theA fictional story about a real and te

    Seffina Desforges Tell theA fictional story about a real and terrible event - an event that seems too awful to be true and yet it is.
    Anca is 12, her brother, Nicholae, is 6. Elone is 9. The children were separated from their parents on the way to a labour camp (actually Auschwitz, a death camp) and were left to cope alone. Elone and her family were Jews, though Anca's family was not. It was not only Jews that wound up in the Nazi death camps.
    I do have criticisms of this story - that the language was often unnatural, and the author has a liking for obscure words - words that are not even in a normal size dictionary. For instance: a ‘bicephalous moon’ and 'I crawled reptant.’ Unnatural language: For instance: 'as they partook their evening repast’ instead of ‘as they ate dinner.' I wonder if English is a second language for the author, as the English is totally accurate, but in a way that a native to the language is unlikely to use.
    My other criticism was that it was farfetched, the events unlikely in the extreme. But that part can be explained - there were so few who survived the Holocaust, and each survivor's story is probably just as unlikely.
    But still - 5 stars. This was an incredible story that kept my interest from start to finish. It brought history to life. This is a very good book. I recommend it.
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