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The novel is a lovely story, gothic in timbre, and triangular in shape. Two brothers and a Jewish girl fall into alignment in pogrom- poised Moscow. The conflict arises in a slave-labor camp when the coveted house meeting will haunt the three lovers. The sole survivor, the narrator, reverberations continue in the new country.
What makes this book stand out?
The book stands out because it is harrowing, endlessly surprising, epic in breadth yet intensely intimate.
Read it for
The book is beautifully written and is mesmerizing. The prose is sharp, well-observed and precise.
Don't read it for
The book is not for a faint heart because some of the scenes are nightmarish. The dialogues are not enough.