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Heard, Just Not Out Loud
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.