Named a New York Times Notable Book Winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize Winner of the Anne Frank Prize These shattering stories. A Scrap of Time and Other Stories has ratings and 28 reviews. Paul said: These bitter glimpses of the Holocaust in Poland ring like small folorn bell. A Scrap of Time and Other Stories (Jewish Lives) [Ida Fink, Francine Prose, Madeline G. Levine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Named.

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I have to really like get mentally prepared for books like these. A cartful of children, looking like “”little grey mice,”” will not identify their parents, and perish.

A Scrap of Time

Apr 21, Martine rated it it was amazing. The mother calls out These bitter glimpses of the Holocaust in Poland ring like small folorn bells tolling us all to hell. Views Read Edit View history. A colleague at work loaned me this book and I can’t believe I have never heard of Fink before. December 15, at 6: Parents mourn not only the deaths, but the very births of their children–bewildered, grieving and heroic.

Animals in the Third Reich: I didn’t want to read any more Holocaust books. Maybe in the summer months, when you can go outside afterwards and feel warmed by light and nature, but not in the bleak midwinter. He professes iva love her but wants her to keep her ‘Ayran,’ or ‘non-Jewish-sounding name’ a secret.

I would recommend this to anyone. Carrie, oh, but the book is so very good. She wanted to preserve the privacy of these individuals.

This was the last novel assigned in the course, and now that I have read it, I can understand why. This book features a series of short memories of the days when the Nazis were decimating Polish people.


In a minute or so, the father reappears from the bathroom. December 15, at 8: I think we must read things like this, no matter how difficult or upsetting. He pulls out drawers, slams doors and yells “Just a minute, I can’t find them, I don’t know where Mummy put them!

This is not because they give me pleasure, but because the Holocaust encompasses the full range of human experience and behaviour from the worst to the best. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I slip in sideways Richard, when you read it, I know you will love it.

All the stories are sfrap, not a badly written one in the bunch. Her parents were taken away. So do all the Jewish girls.

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Image donated by Northwestern University Press [1] Themes and motifs [ edit ]. He needs to do this long fin in order to give his father time to hide. How their lives came to revolve not around agricultural This is a fabulous book about life in Poland under Nazi occupation and terror.

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Of course Holocaust literature is almost always very powerful, harrowing, poignant, terrifying. This is the last story and the author is maybe trying to lay out the problematics of memory, of reconstructing the facts of the Holocaust after so many years and the scap of accuracy. In the title tale, a May morning, in memory, was a “”grainy, golden mist with red spheres of apples hanging in it””; it is on this day that one boy did not take the chance to escape the killing field.


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.


A scgap American soldier suggests to the Jewish girl he intends to marry that a name change could be “”easier. This was an amazing book.

Apr 29, Marybeth rated it really tlme it. Five stars, nothing else. It consists of short stories about tjme which the author experienced, or which which were related to her by others. Sometimes people would find a hiding place. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

It leaves a significant impact. Mar 22, Rachel Taylor rated it really liked it Shelves: December 15, at 2: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. It ffink you how no one really knows how one will react in the moment of panic. Other times the person in the story is in such despair that he or she is resigned to die and does nothing to try and avoid it.

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This is a fabulous book about life in Poland under Nazi occupation and terror. This collection of short stories is nothing less than profound. The Black Beast A Scrap of Time and Other Stories[1] written by Ida Finkis a collection of fictional short stories relating various characters to the Jewish experience of the Holocaust. I will say I read this during my lunch break and I am glad I was alone because by the end of the story I was sobbing.