Feig Paperback – March 15, 2014
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Bank also brings a unique eye for detail to his narrative, It is an eye sharpened by his background as a lawyer. He doesn't just carry his reader into Philadelphia's Roundhouse (the central police station). He brings the building to life by citing the "assorted stains" that blot the "frayed maroon carpet." He describes not just the visuals but the scent -- "first coffee, then sweat, then urine, then French fries."
If you are drawn to that quality of writing, then you will enjoy most every page of Feig.
In terms of plot, we have heard many stories of the Holocaust, but never one quite like that of Jacob Feig. I do not think I am giving away anything of the narrative by quoting the novel's last line: "Because of Feig, I finally have something to write about."
Feig is a stately, sincere, immaculately written book. It will reward you greatly if you read it.
Jeanne C. Hoff
With not a wasted word, Bank takes us on a journey from the time our hero - attorney David Gold - meets Jacob Feig at The Health Club, befriends him, and takes him on as a client when he's accused of murder: a mercy killing of his ailing wife.
In 178 pages, we learn, in this meticulously researched book, about concentration camps Auschwitz and Terezin, the so-called "show camp" which passed Red Cross inspection. We learn about death marches and the infamous boxcar rides that left one-third of the riders dead. We feel their pain. The brutality of the guards is shockingly exposed. Watch for "Papa," who brutalized Jacob Feig.
In the end, the timid attorney David Gold takes the risks he has never done in his life until he meets Feig. It is good to watch characters evolve, as do Gold and Feig and others. The ending comes as a surprise. You'll want to share this book with others so you can discuss it.
Bank seamlessly weaves the stories of David Gold, his family's past, and the life and trial of Jacob Feig into one novel, so that the reader experiences the interplay of three independent and compelling narratives. Reading Feig, one becomes thoroughly engrossed, so that every recollection, movement, or action becomes consequential, and through this story, the reader comes to remember the true meaning of friendship. The friendships, which form in this story, are not friendships of convenience or exigency. Rather, they are bonds that show the existence of something more profound, perhaps the existence of the human soul, which stirs even in the middle of madness.