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on October 4, 2014
There are so many books written about personal lives during and after the Holocaust that I was a bit skeptical about reading another. I'm glad I read this one because the primary story was the difficulty of being "heard" when one is deaf and mute, even when there are sympathetic people around you. The War and being Jewish heightened the tension but the dilemma is still very present.

Natalie Goldberg said recently in an interview that she thought writers were often people who hadn't been heard as a child. As someone who didn't "feel" heard, I think she's right -- and I think Georgina Harding captured the frustration, the persistence, and the joy of both parties when communication is achieved in unspoken conversations in "Painter of Silence"

Her language is sparse but scenes are crystal clear. Movement is measured and slow enough for ideas to sink in but fast enough to keep one's interest. This broadened my horizons considerable.
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on September 27, 2012
Augustin has been born deaf and has never spoken. He watches the world avidly, and comes to draw his truth from the world he sees.
Throughout World War II and the Communist reign that follows, Augusten's reality is drawn only from inference.
A fascinating thread throughout this book is the perception that people around him have of this man. Each person projects the needs and the past onto him. He is the reflection of one woman's lost son, another's vanished lover, the absence of daughters now in prison. As he moves around Roumania, people speak to him, unloading their hearts to the man they know will not betray them.
We see the world through his eyes and at other times, the world and the perception of Augustus by those who come to care.
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on April 30, 2013
Set in pre and post World War II Romania, this book tells the story of a deaf mute boy and his childhood friend. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a hauntingly beautiful book.
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on April 25, 2013
A unique look at a deaf individual as he negotiates through the harsh maze of life in post W.W.II eastern Europe. Fascinating perspective. The narrative travels back and forth in time, but the threads of survival and salvation remains intact.
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on May 2, 2014
This was a very unusual story, with memorable characters. I especially appreciated the insights into the interwar, WWI and post-war periods in Romanian history. I don't often come across accounts of East European countries during those years. I felt like a window had been opened.
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on September 12, 2016
This book was recommended to me and I found it kept me interested.
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on March 13, 2016
Read a recommendation of it by a spiritual writer and decided to read it. It was a good read
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on June 26, 2013
This. Was. Awesome. An amazing, gentle, yet sad look at a time that has been written to death...WW II and after...yet this is so new and different it's impossible to believe it has NOT been done before. Read this.
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on January 10, 2013
One wonders how the author could write a book so full of insights into the world of a deaf mute. Her empathy shines through without sentimentality. Played out against the aftermath of World War II, the events offer a glimpse into the world of people caught living behind the Iron Curtain.
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on September 16, 2014
It was the first book read on the Kindle app on my Ipad and I'm not sure I enjoyed reading on an electronic device - takes some getting used to!! Loved the story.
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