“Horn manages to enmesh us in Rachel’s psychic torments — of being buffeted by history without the hope of an ending.”
Many of his friends, particularly the Jewish ones, asked him, “After all that happened in Germany, don’t you want to divorce yourself from it?”
Mendelsohn dares readers to engage with the complexities of the epic poem and apply its lessons to their own lives.
“One of the novel’s principal characters, known only as the General, is clearly modeled on former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon.
“Our Israeli Diary, 1978” will be most resonant for past travelers to Israel, or anyone with a particular interest in Fraser or Pinter.
Bruce Henderson’s unfailingly admiring ‘Sons and Soldiers’ pays homage to the Ritchie boys and achieves a rare intimacy with the reader.
Anyone interested in Baruch Spinoza, the fate of Jews during the Inquisition or the vagaries of archival research will find Kadish’s novel rewarding.
“The novel simply isn’t very good. It’s at once an overwrought, cliché-ridden romance and a grimly unpleasant prison story.”
“In defiance of stereotypes, many Jews in Germany excelled at activities such as boxing, fencing, soccer, swimming and tennis.”
“These people were ghettoized: they knew that they were being herded like animals. Yet you see people smiling into the cameras.”