A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
At the start of Bearing the Body, Nathan Mirsky learns that his older brother has died in San Francisco, apparently murdered after years of aimlessness. On the spur of the moment, Nathan leaves his job as a medical resident and heads west from Boston to learn what he can about Daniel's death. His father, Sol--a quiet, embittered Holocaust survivor--insists on coming along. Piecing together Daniel's last days, Nathan and Sol are forced to confront secrets that have long isolated them from each other and to being a long process of forgiveness.
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美国亚马逊： 11 条评论
A Wonderfully Written Post-Hocaust Trauma story2013年7月23日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I knew Ehud Havazelet was a great short story writer but I was intrigued when someone told me he wrote a novel as well. I looked it up and saw that it made it to the NY Times Notable Books of 2007 list so I picked up a copy and after reading it was very pleased I did. The story itself is about the Mirsky family and how they grew up with the Holocaust freshly imprinted in their minds. Of course you might be saying "Another Holocaust story-what else can possibly be written about it?" But the approach Havazelet took was one that showed the father who endured the camps still struggling to be able to openly show emotion to his sons. Nathan is the youngest and idolizes his older brother Daniel. When Daniel dies, Nathan and his father travel to San Francisco to collect Daniel's remains and try to learn more about how he lived, who his friends were, and why he died. They meet Daniel's girlfriend Abby and her son and we learn more about how they lived with Daniel and really what it is like for a small but aware child to live with a drug ingesting couple. I thought the story was well written but if I had one criticism it would have been to find out a bit more about Daniel and why in fact he was murdered. I think it could have made the story even richer than it was. A good book that I definitely recommend especially for fans who have only read Havazelet's short stories and want to see him in action with a novel.
just too dark2016年5月17日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This book was unrelentingly dark. There was nothing redeeming or redeemable about any of the characters and it seemed nothing they did could counteract this. The writing was good enough, although some of the characters and their backgrounds seemed too stereotyped.
Wonderful!2007年10月4日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This is a wonderful book. There has been so much written about the Holocaust that at first you might think, "Not another take on WW II!" The writing flows, the characters are engaging even when Havazelet is brutally honest with his portrayals of their less than stellar lives. I felt I came away with a whole new take on how one survivor was impacted by his horrifying past. I felt the core of this book is understanding, learning to be compassionate and loving through new realizations of others and self.
Hard to Put down;sad2016年5月23日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Beautifully written, perceptive well developed characters, somewhat depressing!
An important work2013年11月3日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Anything Havazelet writes demands reading. His work--as is this--is invariably provocative and thoughtful. Bearing the Body draws in the reader, and the reader can't let it go until the brilliant conclusion.