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- Print Length: 170 pages
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- Publication Date: September 6, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F1JLMPC
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The author has done a good job of bringing to life the various characters with all their differences and quirks. He has also managed to describe their varying emotions in such a manner as to enable us to understand and empathise.
In the beginning we are shown how the youngest, Abigail, frequently withdraws into her own world. Some readers have considered this unrealistic (I have read some other people’s reviews) but I can, from my own experience, say for some younger sufferers this was, and probably still is, realistic. I suppose it is a self-preservation, probably automatic, reaction. Later circumstances develop to the point where she suddenly matures way beyond her years. Again this is true for the majority of children who suffer war. Inevitably this leads to her having to learn and master new skills and becoming adept at them. Some reviewers have also criticised that Abigail suddenly became proficient at a number of different things. In war the survival instinct often leads to this and amplifies a person’s intelligence even, if in theory, it is still under development.
We then have Abigail’s elder brother (with his protective attitude), mother (weakened by the loss of her husband) and, later, various acquaintances who join together to resist the German soldiers. The author has privileged us to read about some of their inner emotions and philosophising. All of which are very realistic and with which I hope most readers will be able to identify. Some these inevitably arise in our own everyday ordinary lives when obstacles or difficulties are encountered. In times of war and occupation they are naturally more intense.
We also see how Abigail’s innocence finally departs and, along with the other participants, and as horrible as it is, develops a real satisfaction from the deaths of their captors. The author here is again showing us how war impacts upon those attitudes and acceptances we usually consider the ‘norm’. How in such time of intense and unwarranted suffering each of us can, and frequently do, change.
I will not say too much more as I do not want to spoil the read for future readers.
The ending was sort of expected and yet unexpected. Again I will not say more.
The book is not a drama per se. It follows the daily life of the participants showing all they suffer and endure in the process of simply trying to exist. And yet it is drama. There is fierce action toward the end all of which hangs together very well.
Though I intend this to be primarily a review of ‘Saying Goodbye To Warsaw’ I would just like to add a couple of personal notes. I found this a difficult book to read because it brought back (not that I really ever forget) awful memories of my own war experiences. I am not Jewish and was not forced to live in a ghetto. However, as a young girl, I was captured and tortured by the Gestapo. I also know what it is like to have no food, shelter or shoes.
Would I recommend this book? That is a difficult question. It is not an easy light read. It brings the horrors of war and occupation to life even for those who have not experienced such. But at the same time the author has taken care not to include unnecessary descriptions of violence and suffering. And where he has included such details, as required to develop and progress the tale, has not indulged in gratuitous picture making. These occasions are however, still very real and in fact are probably more troubling by avoiding the pitfalls several authors fall into. So YES I do recommend this.
N.B. Apparently, as pointed out in detail by one reviewer, there is the occasional historical and political anomaly. Nevertheless, and thankfully as that reviewer acknowledges, these by no means detract from the tale for the ordinary reader. They certainly did not trouble me.
I would like to thank Michael Cargill for the opportunity to read this book. It may have been difficult for me but I am very glad to have read the well written story.
I happily endorse this with a four star (4*) rating.
Please note: In my personal opinion most books would, naturally, fall within a three star rating with four and five reserved for the noticeably better ones. I rarely give five stars, which to me, as defined within the ratings themselves, really ought to be reserved for the rare outstanding work.
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