Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Review - 'Sophie's Choice'

Am reading an excellent book called ‘Sophie's Choice’ by ‘William Styron’.... a major part of the book deals with the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau - a Nazi concentration camp during World War 2 - as seen through the eyes of a polish survivor.... the crimes committed by the Nazis are mind - numbing.... The novel has an 'author' who is describing the events… This guy is from one of the southern states of the U.S.... The novel deals with his sense of guilt vis a vis the slave trade.... Incidentally this feeling of guilt is a recurring phenomenon amongst many of the oppressor races... The famed author J.M. Coetzee deals with this emotion in almost every novel he has written vis a vis apartheid in South Africa.... The all - pervading sense of guilt slowly seeps and corrodes the souls of sensitive people.... It’s interesting to see the same Jews who were once the oppressed now in a curious role reversal as occupiers in the Gaza Strip...

Sachin Desai


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