Saturday, July 24, 2010

Great book: And There Was Light.

Sounds like a manual for Kabbalah: And There Was Light. But it's actually one of the best books I've read on WWII, the resistance, and concentration camp survivors.

This promises to become a classic. Lusseyran, with exquisite language, tells the almost-fairy-tale of how, after being blinded in an accident at the age of eight, he grew to become one of the leaders of the Resistance. The story itself is a cliff-hanger (strangely, since of course he survives), but he also gives a profound portrait of the life of the blind. He could see in ways that we with eyes cannot--he could see colors for people, able to tell instinctively their true character and motives hidden even to the men themselves. His friends would rely on him for direction in life as well as on the streets of Paris. Finally, he survived the worst of the concentration camps--the "special" hospitals for the unfit--and he did so with joy and humor.

A must-read. I would quote it endlessly, but I already returned it to its owner.

No comments: