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Život s hvězdou review ´ 3 Weil based this novel on his experiences hiding from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia in order to avoid the concentration camps In. Meh This book is supposed to be one of the greatest classics of Czech literature but in my mind that doesn t speak well for Czech literature Although it s only 200 pages it took me forever to finish because it dragged so muchI suppose I can kind of see the merit in why the author wrote the way he did this long slow slog to doom but it did not make for enjoyable or engrossing reading NOTHING HAPPENED in the story It was just one gray dreary day after another the protagonist s existence crumbling to bits And all the characters talked exactly the sameNot recommended

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Život s hvězdou review ´ 3 Recommending the book to FSG for translation into English Philip Roth wrote I think that the book is without a doubt one of. When I picked this book up from the guy who sells books every weekend in Swiss Cottage outside Hampstead Theatre I didn t know the first thing about Jiri Weil A flip to the back an account of surviving the Holocaust in wartime Prague and my interest was confirmed This stuff was right up my alley But the slim size of the book is deceptive it took me a lot longer to finish it than I had initially expected Part of it because of the nature of the story the texture of Weil s prose Some people might find the book repetitive and enervating heaven knows I found the last 50 pages to be exceptionally heavy going But I think in the final analysis this circular dreariness is to Weil s credit nothing I have read before comes so close to the lived experience of the Nazi occupation as it was felt by countless Jews in the cities of east Europe The death of hope the gnawing fear the petty abuses and humiliations the endless waiting the Kafkaesue nightmares in the Community building and other bureaucratic limbos the boredom and cold and hunger of daily life above all fear and resignation as the twin conditions of existence all this comes across with the fidelity that only first hand experience can bring So what if it is leaden and lugubrious in places Life itself was leaden and lugubrious if you were a Jew in wartime Prague under the Nazis and Weil renders it in true colours Our narrator is Josef Roubicek an ordinary bank clerk When we first meet him it is still the early days of the war probably not long since the fall of Prague But life is hard all the same Roubicek no longer has a job he lives alone in a battered abandoned and utterly empty house in the remote suburbs of the city cold and hunger are his daily companions Getting the stove going to heat up the room is a struggle an even bigger battle is to find food to eat When Josef has a few coins to spare the local butcher Halaburda will occasionally condescend to sell him some blood or a few bones if he is really lucky Meat does not enter the picture Boarding the streetcar to go anywhere is a serious problem wearing the Jewish star on your chest marks you out for cruel and hostile treatment even from your fellow Czechs let alone the Nazis As much as he can help it Josef spends his days at home in a trance reading the same old books watching the wet patch on the ceiling grow writing his feverish notes At night he looks out the window at the stars the whole city blacked out around him In his mind he constantly thinks of Ruzena his lover before the war the wife of another man In these his memories Josef finds his only escape from reality memories of walking the streets of the old city hand in hand with Ruzena lying together on a sunny riverbank or snuggled up in bed in a ski chalet warm and close and loving while all around them the Eastern European winter closes down As for Josef so for the readers these interludes provide the only relief the only reminder of the ordinariness of life in the city before the Nazis arrived In retrospect it was prelapsarian bliss Before the apocalypse Ruzena had pleaded with Josef to go abroad together but he failed to respond Thus ended their relationship and thus begins his reminiscences His only friend in the world is Tomas the cat a neighbourhood stray which has found refuge and company with Josef Together they share the scraps of stale bread the meagre warmth of the stove the indifferent stars in the sky As time passes the Holocaust gets organized gets properly underway The bloodless bureaucratic business of registering Jews assigning numbers to Jews sending summons to Jews for transportation to Terezin or Auschwitz emptying out Jewish homes looting Jews of all their earthly possessions Roubicek lower down the alphabetical order and physically weak to boot gets assigned to work in a graveyard the caretakergardener detail By a singular chance his name does NOT get called up with the rest of the city s Roubiceks when their turn comes around and from that unlikely reprieve flows the rest of the story Along the way we meet the people in his life the crotchety old aunt and uncle who raised the orphan Josef and whose lives will likely end in the gas chamber an old friend Pavel whose wealth and breeding will bring no succour against the inhuman force of the Nazis the namesake Robitschek who is determined at all costs not to be taken alive Josef s gentile neighbour Materna who talks and plots endlessly with his friends and who provides the one genuinely decent example of the ordinary Praguer The cycle the of seasons turns inexorably years pass the ranks of the city s Jews of Josef s colleagues thin out Macabre stories make the rounds among his workmates a man shot dead for refusing a haircut the well to do family found sitting at their lavish dining table frozen in rigor mortis their poisoned wine cups before them Suicides by cyanide In every line this pervasive sense of unreality as if one had stepped through a portal into a parallel universe Such must have been life under the Nazis In the end through strange and bitter pathways Josef finds his redemption his liberation from fear and from spiritual slavery Roubicek s Prague no longer exists what is there instead is a UNESCO listed toytown a fairytale in stone with little trace of either the city s Jews or the Nazis who liuefied them To know what happened to them you have to read Jiri Weil For me this is a superior book than Wiesel s Night not necessarily better executed but certainly real authentic and at a certain level far profound I hope to read Weil s other key book Mendelssohn on the Roof someday soon And someday too I hope to walk along the banks of the river Vltava on and on for miles and miles until I reach the suburbs and the fields just like Josef Roubicek once did Burning Attraction right up my alley But the slim size of the book is deceptive it took me a lot longer to finish it than I had initially expected Part of it because of the nature of the story 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Život s hvězdou review ´ 3 The outstanding novels I've read about the fate of a Jew and the Jews under the Nazis I don't really know of one uite like it. Prague Czeckoslovakiaa banker lives in a shell of a house burning furniture to keep warm and to prevent non Jews from taking it from him when they want Struggling to find food to eat Struggling to report to registration stations Forced to wear a star Cowering away from those who would humiliate him I found it gloomy and profoundly sad in the simple way survival is decribed Written as a day to day account of a rather dull banker whose life has been narrowed by edict upon new edict From the confiscation of property to losing careers to the unending transports east the end seems inevitable for the former banker and his friends Death does not seem like an enemy but perhaps of a place that is welcome after the treatment by Them Death is everywhere and there is much discussion of it I am not sure I would recommend this book It is much too sad


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    Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] What can I say about a book that is so utterly moving thoroughly compelling and deeply disturbing evoking the barbaric horrors of the Holocaus

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    free read × eBook or Kindle ePUB · Jiří Weil Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] Meh This book is supposed to be one of the greatest classics of Czech literature but in my mind that doesn't speak well for Czech literature Although it's only 200 pages it took me forever to finish because it dragged so muchI suppose I can kin

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    review Život s hvězdou Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] Jiří Weil · 3 free download Read in one go A very unusual book which I suppose could offend some Written in 1948 or 49 so well before people had a consensus of how the Holocaust should be written about The main hero is a bit like Kafkian K but then finds new consciousn

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    review Život s hvězdou Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] Intense unrelenting gut wrenching and disturbing An honest portrayal of life lived under the harsh and terrifying realities of a soc

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    Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] Jiři Weil is better known for his superb Mendelssohn is on the Roof and while this deals with similar events – Jewish life occupied Prague – I am slightly surprised to be saying that this is perhaps rewarding Josef Roubicek is close to the uintessential everyman so excessively normal that he is both utterly believable and nearly unbelie

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    review Život s hvězdou Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] free read × eBook or Kindle ePUB · Jiří Weil This is a magnificent book the best I have read in 2012 so far It is fairly short at just 250 pages but it packs in so much in this spaceWARNING PLOT SPOILERSThe book is about the life of a Jew in Prague during the Second

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    review Život s hvězdou Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] Jiří Weil · 3 free download Prague Czeckoslovakiaa banker lives in a shell of a house burning furniture to keep warm and to prevent non Jews from taking it from him when they want Struggling to find food to eat Struggling to report to registration stations Forc

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    Život s hvězdou [E–pub READ] With humor and his common sense a middle class Prague Jew tries to survive during the Nazi occupation of his city a daunting task in the midst of the world of absurdities that 'they' his unnamed oppresors keep coming up with every single day A beautiful little novel that manages to convey the psychological horror of the Holocaust w

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  • Hardcover
  • 224
  • Život s hvězdou
  • Jiří Weil
  • English
  • 14 February 2020
  • 9780374187378