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Fugitive Pieces

Okay, so it's been a while since I finished something on the list.  But I've finally got one done.  I just finished Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels and it was . . . okay.  I wanted to love it, or hate it, or something, but I just couldn't get that into it.  The writing was very poetic, and sometimes I found that really touching and beautiful, but sometimes I just found it distracting or too much.
I'm not sure how I feel about fiction that uses the Holocaust for dramatic purposes.  On the one hand, maybe it's been enough time since it happened, and it's time to process all of our collective feelings about it.  On the other hand, maybe it's too soon, and mentioning the holocaust is just an easy way to make a story sadder and more dramatic.  It seems like I've been seeing a lot of fiction about the Holocaust and its aftermath lately, and I just don't know how I feel about it.  Does anyone know about Anne Michaels?  Does she have a personal connection to this stuff?

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myfriendjenny
May. 9th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
Fugitive Pieces
I have never read Fugitive Pieces, but I think I know what you mean about using the Holocaust for dramatic purposes. I think what bothers me the most is when a writer says character is a Holocaust survivor as some kind of short-hand for a background with a dark and tragic past, if you know what I mean.
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