Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Review - Broken Birds

World War II has long since ended, and yet Jaclyn and her brothers and sisters grow up learning to survive it. Having lived through the Holocaust on the principle of constant distrust, their mother, Channa, dutifully teaches her children to cling to one another while casting a suspicious eye to the outside world. When Channa dies, the unexpected contents of her will force her adult children to confront years of suppressed indignation. For Jaclyn and her siblings, the greatest war will not be against strangers, but against each other.

Broken Birds, The Story of My Momila, is Jeannette Katzir's achingly honest memoir of the enduring effects of war. From her parents' harrowing experience during the Holocaust to her own personal battles, Katzir exposes the maladies of heart and mind that those broken by war inevitably and unintentionally pass down to the generations that follow.

My Review:

The initial story of Broken Birds was amazing. Reading about how the author's parents each survived the holocaust broke my heart and completely captured me.

Unfortunately the rest of the book wasn't so engaging. The author shared her family history - marriages, jobs, babies, fights between siblings, etc.

It was sad to see the effect the Holocaust had on subsequent generations, but I wish the author would've focused more on her parents' experiences.

Jeanette Katzir's Website

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I felt that the book degenerated into a bunch of petty squabbling and jealousy between the siblings that didn't make them look very well in the end!

    The author chooses to blame the Holocaust for the way her parents turned out but I think many Holocaust survivors still managed to be loving parents later.

    I felt that maybe the author should have taken a closer look at herself, instead of passing off the blame to her parents.

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