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The Street Sweeper

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    The ImporĀ­tance of Remembering

    The Street Sweeper by Aus­tralian his­to­rian Elliot Perl­man is a fic­tional book which deals with the Amer­i­can strug­gle for civil rights and the Holo­caust. The book beau­ti­fully ties together the idea that we are all human and touch each other’s lives.

    Lam­ont Williams, an ex-con African Amer­i­can, is try­ing to return to nor­mal life after being at the wrong time in the wrong place. Lam­ont gets a job at a hos­pi­tal where he works as a jan­i­tor and befriends a can­cer patient who is also a World War II sur­vivor. Lam­ont learns about Poland, the Jews, exter­mi­na­tion camps, gas cham­bers and the Sonderkommando.

    Adam Zigne­lik is an untenured Colum­bia his­to­rian whose career and rela­tion­ships are falling apart. Adam pur­sues a research topic about African Amer­i­cans being part of lib­er­at­ing con­cen­tra­tion camps and finds a dis­cov­ery of a lifetime.

    he Street Sweeper by Elliot Perl­man is sto­ry­telling at its best. The book man­ages to bring com­plex ideas to the fore­front of the reader’s atten­tion such as what is his­tory, how do we record it or pass it along as well as the impor­tance of first­hand accounts.

    A well writ­ten and sweep­ing book which touches many sub­jects and ties them all together in a humane sense rather than the metic­u­lous books we read about his­tory. How­ever, the main point of the book, for me, was the impor­tance of remem­ber­ing his­tory, not as dry dates and fig­ures but from the point of view of peo­ple who are real peo­ple, fathers, moth­ers, daugh­ters, broth­ers and sisters.

    The book inter­weaves two main sto­ries, an ex-con named Lam­ont Williams and the his­to­rian Adam Zigne­lik. The book has its own unique rhythm which is intri­cate and involved.

    While remem­ber­ing is cer­tainly a point which is ham­mered through­out the book, some themes also include love, lost and that basi­cally we are all human beings and we must always remem­ber that despite the unbe­liev­able out­ra­geous num­bers (like 6 mil­lion) which any per­son can­not even fathom.

    Mr. Perl­man wrote a risky novel, one that is intri­cate, detailed yet cycles through events at almost break­neck speed only to stop, reflect and expend upon what we, the human kind, have been capa­ble to do to one another.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Fascinating and well written.

    The author brings the characters and story together in such a way that I didn't want to put the book down. It is historical fiction that is interesting as well as educational.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Revelatory

    Engaging

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    I could not wait to dig into my bag of books and retrieve this

    I could not wait to dig into my bag of books and retrieve this one. One sniff (love that new book fragrance), find my bookmark and read! Groan. After forty pages, I pledged to continue until Perlman's forced history march ended and an interesting novel began. At sixty pages I closed the book and went to the bag for another.

    This guy whacks the brain again and again with sermonizing and lecturing that would frustrate even a wide-eyed college freshman. Perlman's fans are accustomed to much better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Fell short

    I desperately wanted to love this story as the opening was so beatifully written. However, it quickly gets tiring and dull as the author attempts to telll the story in a series of neauseating stylized flashbacks that seem to drag on, pointlessly, forever. Eventually it just loses the reader in the infinite wait for SOMETHING to happen...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    I have not yet finished it but I love it. I will admit I do find

    I have not yet finished it but I love it. I will admit I do find it a bit confusing when he moves from person to person and from different timeperiods but I somhow know that it will all be tied together in the end. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Waiting for anything

    I started this book for a book club and only made it about 85 pages in. I was unsure of the point and kept waiting for something to happen. The author flips between two characters and random flashbacks. Confusing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    AnnetteS REVIEW

    Best book i have read in a long time. Touched my heart because it is also my fathers story! Hard to read, but neccessary!

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