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But Can the Phoenix Sing?

Cover of "But Can the Phoenix Sing?"

Cover of But Can the Phoenix Sing?

Title: But Can the Phoenix Sing?

Author: Christina Laird

This story is told through letters. The letters are from a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto to his step-son. The letters take the reader through the fighting of the resistance in the forests and the friendships and relationships forged through fighting to free the Jews from death.

Christina Laird gives the characters a complexity and qualities that keep you rooting for them until the end.

“We have to make sure our phoenix can sing. Otherwise, what was is all for?” -Misha to Richard (two of the characters in the book)

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Night

Night

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Title: Night

Author: Elie Wiesel

 

This autobiography tells the life story of Elie starting at age 15 and continues to the liberation at Buchenwald. It was interesting to read in the preface how it took years for publishers to acknowledge that the stories were a part of history.

In 115 pages, I felt the confusion he felt as his life started changing in 1944. Then his fear of the unknown and bitterness towards God as the life he was comfortable in was tossed upside down. I can only imagine the pain followed by numbness he felt after he lost his father. It is hard to imagine he was completely grateful to God after being liberated. I am sure that took time.

For reading it cover to cover in an hour, I still take every word as a gift. It has to be hard for Mr. Wiesel to tell his story and see so vividly every time the pieces he may want to block out.