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The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

The Shawl (original 1989; edition 2001)

by Cynthia Ozick

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Title:The Shawl
Authors:Cynthia Ozick
Info:Vintage Books (2001), Edition: 1st Vintage International Ed, Paperback, 69 pages
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The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick (1989)

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I am not one much for dealing with crazy main characters and I would've enjoyed this novelette more had it bee written with less symbolism and more straight forward. However, that being said, The Shawl is made up of one short story, The Shawl, and one longer tale, Rosa. The Shawl tells the tale of Rosa, Magda, and Stella, taken by the SS and incarcerated in the Warsaw concentration camp and how Rosa believed the shawl protected Magda from detection until one day Stella takes it and Magda is discovered and tossed against the electric fence. The second tale, Rosa, goes 39 years into the future to Rosa being half crazed down in Miami and shows how the shawl still affects her life. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Oct 17, 2013 |
The short story included here, "The Shawl," is a brief but powerful holocaust story, showcasing a mother's love in the worst of times. The novella, Rosa, though, is a POV I don't see much: what every-day life is like for survivors 30 years later, when they have so little to hold on to and every encounter is tainted with the memories of what they've been thorough. Quick to read, but not quick to forget. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
Death and what comes after. This is what fiction is about. Amazing. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Like stabbing a spade into the soil and striking bone. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Mar 5, 2013 |
Author Ozick tells a haunting story of a person whose Holocaust experience affected her everyday existence. A short story but very poignant in its content. ( )
  linsleo | Sep 5, 2012 |
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This book contains both the short story The Shawl (first published in the New Yorker in 1980) and its sequel, the novella Rosa (first published in the New Yorker in 1983). Both won first place (separately) in the annual O. Henry Prize Stories collections.
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A devastating vision of the Holocaust and the unfillable emptiness it left in the lives of those who passed through it.

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A short story and a novella which, together, tell an exquisitely powerful and moving tale of the Holocaust. Both The Shawl and Rosa won first prize in the O. Henry Prize Stories and were chosen for Best American Short Stories.

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