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a lovely mishmash of opinions interspersed with moments of clarity and vision by a vegan lesbian feminist mystery-loving, history-loving reader and writer.


Currently reading

The More I Owe You: A Novel
Michael Sledge
The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World without Losing Your Way
Hillary Rettig
Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire
Catriolina Mortimer-Sandilands, Bruce Erickson
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America (Between Men--Between Women)
Lillian Faderman
The Healing Earth
Philip Sutton Chard
Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come
Dimitris Dalakoglou, Antonis Vradis

Glimpses: Through Holocaust and Liberation

Glimpses: Through Holocaust and Liberation - Benjamin Bender The title of the book is accurate: Glimpses is not an account of daily life of the author during the Holocaust, but spurts of memory. Some of it, particularly the third-person narrated recreations of the deaths of several of Bender's family, is extremely moving. But the dialogue is very stilted, and often the characters/people in the novel use direct address in sentence after sentence. The writing could use a serious dose of editing.
I was also pretty bored by the author's exploits in Palestine/Israel.
I guess in the end most of the book lacks a certain depth, something that I've been able to find in other Holocaust memoirs like Rena's Promise.