In Paradise

In Paradise

Audiobook CD - 2014 | Unabridged
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"In the late autumn of 1996, more than a hundred people gather at the site of a former death camp. Throughout that week, they offer prayer and witness at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform. They eat and sleep in the sparse quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than millioin Jews to their deaths in this single camp. These people are joined by Clements Olin, an American academic of Polish descent, there to complete his research on the strange suicide of a survivor, even as he questions what a non-Jew with no connection to its history can contribute to the understanding of so monstrous a catastrophe. As the days pass, tensions both political and personal surface among the participants, stripping away any easy pretense to resolution or healing. Caught in the grip of emotions and impulses of bewildering intensity, Olin is forced to abandon his observer's role and to bear witness, not only to his family's ambiguous history but to his own as well."--Container.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, ℗2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781490619545
Branch Call Number: MAT
Characteristics: 6 compact discs (6 hours, 30 minutes)
Additional Contributors: Bramhall, Mark

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Eosos
Apr 18, 2016

I didn't like this story, I found the emotional outpouring of all the characters for the holocaust to be overwrought, fake and strange. It read like an aliens view of how they thought humans should react to such a tragedy 50 years after it happened.
The characters all expresses such disgust with the Germans, the Poles and the Catholic Church but if anyone is going to start throwing blame around, there are a lot more people and countries that need to remember their guilt as well. Fair is fair, it's not just a few that are to blame.
Did I miss the point? Am I so far removed from the country, the cultures, and the history that I don't get those points of view or understand the out bursts? or maybe I just don't think blaming a culture now, for it's mistakes then, is going to get us anywhere and it bugs me to read those opinions.

On top of all that, there is an odd romantic side story between our hero and a novice that made little sense and did nothing for the story.

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