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Ellis Island by Georges Perec
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The premise of this book lies around a film that Perec and the French filmmaker Robert Bober made in the late 70's concerning European emigration to the United States and in particular Ellis Island the last stop before entry where a person was either allowed to go on or sent back. Using photography (I believe stills from the subsequent film) and Perec's descriptive talents the book gives the reader an idea of what it was like and what it meant for people to leave their countries and come to America to seek a better life. The last section is made up of several interviews mostly with elderly people who originally came here in the first decade of the 20th century and who describe their journeys and the reasons they made them. I found it to be an interesting book although Perec's prose in this non-fictional setting is much more spare than what it is in a fictional setting. Bober's photographs help to move the book along though and Perec as an interviewer is thoughtful in his questions and allows his interviewees to take center stage. A nice book. ( )
  lriley | Oct 16, 2006 |
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