Monday, May 29, 2006

Those Anytime Adjustments

Such is life this holiday morning. The heat already is fearsome. During the hustle of yesterday I managed to slip by Half Price, ostensibly for travel information about Marrakech, but with eyes ever alert for structure.

Dr J is teaching a genocide course this fall and I was asked to trawl the stacks for anything which could be incorporated. I had thought to tackle one of the larger surveys, whether by Shirer, Arendt or even the contentious Hitler's Willing Executioners. It was thus a significant surprise when I discovered Siegfried by Harry Mulisch. I recall the review. I had read Mulisch before, his novel The Assault - I recall discussing it with Roger a few years back. Needless to say, it was grabbed for a dollar and I plunged into it once back at home. I finished it in four hours and it is a remarkable exploration of character, history and philosophy. Its conclusions are abstract, as needed, but humane and the sketches of diary entries in the penultimate section are truly an aesthetic windfall.


Blogger edward parish said...

My I suggest one for you and Dr. Joel;

The Burning Tigris by Peter Balakian

Five star read for sure.

9:50 PM  

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