Title: Broken Places
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr
Book Condition: New
0871133598 New Book, may have some minor shelf wear. Hard cover. Fast Shipping, Excellent Customer Service, Satisfaction Guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # J-6-166
From Library Journal:
Reading this autobiographical novel is like being trapped in the lap of a garrulous great-uncle from the old country. Petrovics-Ofner's fractured English and spasmodic narrative sabotage the book's potential interest as a document of the Hungarian holocaust. The anecdotes skip around the 20 years between the ascendancy of fascism and the 1956 uprising. Through a child's eyes, we see the dim awareness of being an assimilated Jew, mysteriously losing relatives first to Nazism and later to Stalinism. While still in their teens, Petrovics-Ofner and his sister were packed off to America to escape the aftermath of 1956. With the separation from home and family, the author's memories became jumbled and threadbare, only much later to be supplemented by interviews with other survivors during returns to Hungary. But the calculated "brokenness" of the story is a conceit that ignores the needs of the reader, who will wish for the desperately needed intervention of an editor. For subject collections only.
- Rob Schmieder, Boston
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