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A Scrap of Time and Other Stories
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Francine Prose Goodreads Author Translator ,. Madeline G. Levine Translation. These shattering stories describe the lives of ordinary people as they are compelled to do the unimaginable.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 26, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: holocaust-literature. These bitter glimpses of the Holocaust in Poland ring like small folorn bells tolling us all to hell. I'll give you one example. In "The Key Game" there's a couple and their three year old boy. They finish dinner, it's late, 10 at night, but before the boy goes to bed he has to play the Key Game. They have been playing it every night for two weeks and the boy still hasn't got it right.
The problem is not the boy, it's the father who just isn't quick enough. The game starts. The mother calls out These bitter glimpses of the Holocaust in Poland ring like small folorn bells tolling us all to hell. The mother calls out "Ding dong! That's all she has to do.
The boy jumps up and runs to the door. And then, "Just a minute, I have to find the keys. He pulls out drawers, slams doors and yells "Just a minute, I can't find them, I don't know where Mummy put them! In a minute or so, the father reappears from the bathroom. He says "I still need more time, he has to look for them longer.
I slip in sideways And he's got to stamp his feet louder. You know that if someone should ring the doorbell one day when Mummy is at work, everything will depend on you? And what do you say when they ask where your parents are? View all 3 comments.
Jan 03, Jaksen rated it it was amazing. Powerful book. A series of short stories based on actual events, that is, the event gave rise to the story, but the author, Ida Fink, never names names. She wanted to preserve the privacy of these individuals. However, when I first asked him Powerful book. However, when I first asked him 'what he did' during the war, he said he served ice cream to German POWS in a prison camp. Later he had a story about killing one of the royal swans in London to eat because he was tired of K-rations.
He had no idea all the swans in England belong to the ruling king or queen. Or he was an MP and patrolled streets in some little European town or city. He sugar-coated what he did, where he was posted, what he saw. But when the TV series 'Holocaust' was aired, he told my younger sister a few things including this: when she asked if the concentration camps were as bad as depicted on TV, he said 'they were worse. I didn't want to read any more Holocaust books.
Then I saw this slim volume and changed my mind. Of course Holocaust literature is almost always very powerful, harrowing, poignant, terrifying. The stories in this volume are all that and more. Most are very short and feature people at the end of their lives - or their wife's life, their parents, their small children.
But who saw these events? Who lived to tell the truth that became these stories? In most cases, non-Jewish Poles, though some were witnessed by Jews who survived. Could the owner have done something to save the young woman? Or a man and his wife and their young daughter walking to the town center, a place in many Polish towns where hundreds - thousands - of Jews met their death.
They know what they are walking toward; they have no choice. A last-second opportunity is given to save their child - do they take it? Stories of people in hiding, lying in cramped quarters for days on end to the point they can barely walk when at last they emerge.
Or the story of a young woman, a survivor, who meets an American near the end of the war. He professes to love her but wants her to keep her 'Ayran,' or 'non-Jewish-sounding name' a secret.
He's a rescuer - why does he want her to conceal who she really is? The story of a young man, who when ordered to bring his elderly teacher to the town center, has to lie to entice her there.
How does he go on after that? And there's the fairly well-known story of a little boy, who when he hears a certain knock on the door, has been trained to forestall those on the other side of the door by rushing about, looking for the key to the door.
He needs to do this long enough in order to give his father time to hide. To know these all originated in real events - and to also realize that there are hundreds of thousand of other stories we will never know - is absolutely heart-breaking.
Five stars, nothing else. View 2 comments. Jan 06, Antof9 rated it liked it Shelves: upsetting , read , jewish , made-me-cry. Wow -- this book was very heavy. Of course, I expected that, but oh! Maybe because it covered so many scenarios? Each of them painful. I read the first half or so in one sitting and then took a break to read another book. Came back and finished it, and then thought a lot about my review.
It's hard to just write a short "review" of the book, isn't it? These were real people. It was good to take a breath between each chapter. I think we must read things like this, no matter h Wow -- this book was very heavy. I think we must read things like this, no matter how difficult or upsetting.
As Agafia says in "Behind the Hedge", "We have to know about it. And look at it. And remember.
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First published in Polish in and in English in revised, , Ida Fink's A Scrap of Time and Other Stories is a remarkable and powerful collection of 22 very short stories. The world she conjures up unveils the pitiless, harrowing world of the Holocaust as it unfolded in Nazi-occupied Poland—day by horrifying day. Here some three-and-a-half million Jewish men, women, and children were slaughtered as part of the Third Reich 's Final Solution. Born in Poland in , Fink is herself a survivor of both the ghetto and of years in hiding. Almost all her stories are autobiographical; they are based either on her own experiences or those of people she knew and talked to. The town in the stories, for example, "is always the same town, the garden is our garden.
The stories themselves are often just scraps, two or three pages in which we enter in the middle of something but just for a short time. But that short time is so often devastating that I frequently found myself in tears. The stories have a sort of progression through the book. We begin at the beginning of the Holocaust before the Jews really knew what was going on. Very quickly we find ourselves amidst second or third actions — round-ups. Sometimes people would find a hiding place.
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Он застонал. - Джабба. Скорее вылезай. Он неохотно выполз из-под компьютера. - Побойся Бога, Мидж. Я же сказал тебе… - Но это была не Мидж. Джабба удивленно заморгал.
Тогда в другой. - Беккер улыбнулся и поднял коробку. - Я, пожалуй, пойду. Меня ждет самолет. - Он еще раз оглядел комнату. - Вас подбросить в аэропорт? - предложил лейтенант - Мой Мото Гуччи стоит у подъезда. - Спасибо, не стоит.
Он, конечно, с легкостью мог набрать код лифта и отправить Сьюзан домой, но она нужна ему. Она должна помочь ему найти ключ в компьютере Хейла. Стратмор пока не сказал ей, что этот ключ представляет для него отнюдь не только академический интерес. Он думал, что сможет обойтись без ее участия - принимая во внимание ее склонность к самостоятельности - и сам найдет этот ключ, но уже столкнулся с проблемами, пытаясь самостоятельно запустить Следопыта. Рисковать еще раз ему не хотелось. - Сьюзан, - в его голосе послышалась решимость, - я прошу тебя помочь мне найти ключ Хейла. - Что? - Сьюзан встала, глаза ее сверкали.
Чутье подсказывало Беккеру, что это открытие не сулит ему ничего хорошего. - Все равно расскажите. ГЛАВА 15 Сьюзан Флетчер расположилась за компьютерным терминалом Третьего узла.
Это был молодой человек. В верхней губе у него торчала серебряная запонка, на нем была черная кожаная куртка, надетая на голое тело. - Какого черта тебе надо? - прорычал он хриплым голосом - с явным нью-йоркским акцентом. Сдерживая подступившую к горлу тошноту, Беккер успел заметить, что все пассажиры повернулись и смотрят на. Все как один были панки.