- File Size: 528 KB
- Print Length: 170 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 6, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F1JLMPC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book isn't what I would usually read. Yes, I do like historical fiction but I wouldn't pick up a book about war if I would see it in a bookstore or a library but when I read the description I found myself liking the sound of this book and I decided to take a chance on it. I am SO glad I did. This book really did something to me and I would actually rate it 4.5 but as some of you may know I don't work with halves but still it should be that rating. Anyways, before I start the real review I would say that everyone should at least read this book once in their life. It's pretty damn special.
Saying Goodbye to Warsaw follows nine (almost ten)-year-old Abigail 'Abbie' Nussbaum and her family which include her older brother, Leo and their mother, Chana, during World War 2 in Poland. After being send to the Warsaw Ghetto life became increasingly hard for them but Abbie manages to live her life as best as she can and seeing things in a rather naive and although not entirely possitive but sweet kind of way.
First of all, let me say that I'm quite surprised by how this book overwhelmed and grabbed my attention. I must admit that the beginning was a little 'eh' for me. And I was going a little crazy with the author's over-ussage of the word 'whilst'. I'm not sure why it bothered me so much but there you go. But after the first 80 pages I couldn't stop reading anymore and I was totally caught up in Abbie's life. Actually, I was caught up in all the characters' lives. Chana's, Leo's, Elenka's even Borys'. My favorite character probably was Leo because I could relate to him the most. (And I just like male points of view the most)
As for the overall story, it was brilliant. And although I wasn't sure about it all at first, I loved the writing when I think back about it. It was quite dark but that's what I would expect from a book like this. And I loved it. Michael Cargill has a real talent writing a book like this that I admire.
The end was pretty shocking to me. When the resistance in Warshow arose I was hanging on every single word. And, yes, I was crying with that end. Actually I was already crying when something happened to Borys. How could I not? It's been a while since a book has impressed me emotionally like this one had. Sure, I couldn't expect a happy ending but yeah... I still hoped.
Overall Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill was close to brilliant. Not perfect. It had some flaws like every book has but I really liked it. I even cried over it and I don't usually cry with books. The characters were close to my heart which made the ending all the more emotional for me. I'd recommend it to everyone, even if you don't like the genre or topic or whatever. Just read it. You might end up being surprised like me.
At first, I felt the story would be kind of stereotypical: yet another story of Jews suffering under the Nazi regime. However, as I flipped through the pages, I began to get immersed in the story the author created, got to know his characters and discovered the little things that made this book unique and special. I particularly enjoyed the ending. It was so utterly unexpected and shocking! I wouldn't have guessed it would end like that even if they'd paid me to do it. It was incredible! And, in a few pages, my whole impression of the book changed and I was left utterly in awe.
I won't give anymore details so I don't spoil the surprise and interest for anyone. I will only say that I'm grateful I got to read this book (and in Paperback edition too!), I'm happy I could finally read it and I'm very pleasantly surprised by the story Michael Cargill gave us, how he did it and how it ended.
If you like World War II stories, give this book a shot. It's worth every single penny! :D
Michael Cargill is a painter. A painter who uses words to create images for the brain that flow like a movie as you read his book.
It's WW2 and the Warsaw Ghetto has uprisen... caught up in the horrors are 10 year old Abigail, her protective older brother Leo and their mother Chana. We've seen the documentaries, read the history books, but not one of us can possibly imagine the constant, unrelenting fear, hunger sadness, and courage that was a part of the daily life of the Polish Jews walled inside that piece of hell. However Mr. Cargill has done an incredible job of transporting the reader back in time, vividly recreating scenes that may have been, mixed with ones that did.
Call me a sap, but the ending brought tears to my eyes..at the end i had to take a deep breath and sit back for a moment. It's an ending that is both saddening and heartening at the same time....but the whole story is, isn't it? Saddening in that humans can be horrid to one another, and heartening in that there are some of us will stand up and say NO.