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Posted September 5, 2010
The Blame Game
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads. This is the story of an accident that claimed the lives of one hundred seventy-three Londoners at the entrance to an air-raid shelter on the evening of March 3, 1943 and of how individuals, a community, and a government dealt with its aftermath. It is a novel based on an actual incident during World War II. Kane leads us to an understanding of the accident by following the conduct of the official inquiry into its causes and the preparation of a documentary on "The Report" of the inquiry thirty years afterward. In coming to this understanding, we also begin to see that events of a disastrous or catostrophic nature are seldom the result of a single cause and thus defy the justification of laying the blame at any one individual's or group's feet despite the desire of some to find who's ass to kick. The story also highlights the fact that, after such an incident, almost everyone involved wishes to hide some aspect of it - whether for selfish reasons or noble; whether for actual guilt or merely imagined. Despite the somewhat dark subject matter of the book, Kane's simple but direct prose makes the story very compelling. Her characters are portrayed at their best and their worst. The result is our beginning to wonder where on that spectrum we as individuals and a community would fall under similar circumstances.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2010
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