Riveting and compelling, The Wall tells the inspiring story of forty men and women who escape the dehumanizing horror of the Warsaw ghetto. John Hersey's novel documents the Warsaw ghetto both as an emblem of Nazi persecution and as a personal confrontation with torture, starvation, humiliation, and cruelty -- a gripping and visceral story, impossible to put down.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||1st Vintage Books ed|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis’s secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947 he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and Chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.
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I've read 'The Wall' twice so far and it never fails to draw me into the world of the Warsaw Ghetto. You are there! It's amazing. Everyone should take the time to read this book. It has the capability of teaching the world something about humanity and the importance of tolerance and compassion.
When I started out reading this book I got a little confused as far as all of the different characters and names. But once you get used to this type of writing(in diary form similar to The Diary of Anne Frank only on a broader scale). It really drags you in and you actually feel like you are there. John Hersey's descriptions of characters are so vivid that you can actually picture each one of them in your mind. This book is a page turner.
I will never forget this novel. It is one of the finest pieces of dramatic prose in the English language. The plot template is one of exponential growth in sheer drama, accelerating pace. It is a great piece of work.