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See Under: Love by David Grossman

See Under: Love (1986)

by David Grossman

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I found this a very difficult book, but one that I did not want to stop reading. It's one I would like to re-read. It is set in 4 parts and all are difficult. It takes place in Israel after the Holocaust and portrays the difficulty of writng about the Holocaust. Some was magic realism, which I don't usually tolerate, but this was very well done. One whole section was written as if it were an encyclopedia, stating that we hardly have forms to present the Holocaust. The protagonist is a son of survivors who do not speak of their past. The other main characters are Bruno Shulz and Anshel Wasserman, a survivor. ( )
2 vote suesbooks | Jan 30, 2010 |
An impossible book to describe but magnificent nevertheless. Grossman's writing is poetical, obtuse, old fashioned and modern all in one novel. Divided into 4 distinct sections with 4 correspondingly distinct voices, See Under: LOVE, follows the life of a child born to Holocaust survivors from childhood into adulthood. It is a blend of magical realism, naturalism, children's stories and even the redemptive nature of getting to know one's enemy. It defies all categorization and description and probably needs to be read at least 3 or 4 times to truly appreciate all the nuance. ( )
2 vote yhaduong | May 5, 2009 |
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In this powerful novel by one of Israel’s most prominent writers, Momik, the only child of Holocaust survivors, grows up in the shadow of his parents’ history. Determined to exorcise the Nazi “beast” from their shattered lives and prepare for a second holocaust he knows is coming, Momik increasingly shields himself from all feeling and attachment. But through the stories his great-uncle tells him—the same stories he told the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp—Momik, too, becomes “infected with humanity.” Grossman’s masterly fusing of vision, thought, and emotion make See Under: Love a luminously imaginative and profoundly affecting work.

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