The Book of Aron

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The Book of Aron

The Book of Aron By Jim Shepard The Book of Aron Aron the narrator is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation disease

  • Title: The Book of Aron
  • Author: Jim Shepard
  • ISBN: 9781101874318
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Book of Aron By Jim Shepard Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution He and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by scuttling around the ghetto to smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of kAron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution He and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by scuttling around the ghetto to smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of keeping their fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police, not to mention the Gestapo.When his family is finally stripped away from him, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a doctor renowned throughout prewar Europe as an advocate of children s rights who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage Treblinka awaits them all, but does Aron manage to escape as his mentor suspected he could to spread word about the atrocities Jim Shepard has masterfully made this child s eye view of the darkest history mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, truly heartbreaking, and even inspiring Anyone who hears Aron s voice will remember it forever.
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    1. Ron Charles on said:

      In the summer of 1942, German soldiers expelled almost 200 starving children from an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto and packed them into rail cars bound for Treblinka As with so many entries in the encyclopedia of Nazi atrocities, the depravity of that act and our inability to fathom such cruelty threaten to eclipse the individuality of the victims.Historians push back against the obliteration of chaos, time and shame, but talented novelists have also offered their creative gifts in this sacred [...]

    2. Diane S ☔ on said:

      Aron was a young boy living with his mom and dad in a nice house in the Warsaw countryside When Hitler invades Poland all Jews are gathered up and relocated to what will become known as the Warsaw ghetto I, think this is the first book I have read that takes place only in the ghetto The people starving, a street smart Aaron and a group of young boys find ways to get out of the ghetto to bring back much needed items The ghetto gets smaller and smaller as many come down with typhus and whole stree [...]

    3. Maria Espadinha on said:

      De Sapo a Pr ncipe Esta narrativa flui num tom monoc rdico , com a musicalidade dum teclado de m quina de escrever Acontecimentos atrozes s o nos transmitidos sem sombra de emo o, o que nos leva a questionar sobre a ndole do nosso jovem narrador Que monstrozinho ser este, que n o se compadece com a desgra a alheia De facto, uma analise superficial conduzir a uma reac o dessa estirpe Por m, se cavarmos mais fundo, n o faltar o raz es que justifiquem comportamento t o ins lito Antes da invas o da [...]

    4. Rebecca Foster on said:

      I d read such rave reviews of this novel set in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War, and I ve always meant to try something by Jim Shepard, so this seemed an ideal place to start I got to page 53, about 19% of the way through, and decided to stop because although this is a fairly believable child s voice, it is only being used to convey information To me the spark of personality and the pull of storytelling are lacking I felt like I was reading a history book about the Holocaust, subtl [...]

    5. Maciek on said:

      The Book of Aron is narrated in the first person by Aron R ycki, a poor Jewish boy from Panevezys, a town in then northern Poland, near the Lithuanian border After his father finds work at a factory in Warsaw, Aron and his family move to the capital with hope of improving their life, which is extremely short lived the Germans invade and quickly win their short war with Poland, and soon all of Warsaw s Jews end up being stripped of their possessions and forced to move to a specifically developed [...]

    6. Jill on said:

      When my niece was just a few years old, her family dog died in his sleep as a result of advanced old age When my sister tried to explain that the dog was gone, my niece looked at her, baffled, and said, But where s the blood It was inconceivable to her that something as monumental as death could be so seemingly ordinary I m starting my review this way because I have read many reviews that criticize The Book of Aron for the reportorial and too often flat voice of the narrator But for me, that is [...]

    7. Susan on said:

      This is an incredibly moving novel , written from the perspective of a young boy, named Aron Rozycki Aron begins his early childhood living in Panevzys, near the Lithuanian border When his father is offered a job in a factory, the family move to Warsaw to try to escape the poverty that is grinding the family down However, when the Germans invade Poland, Aron finds that his life, and that of his family, becomes harder and restricted The area they live in becomes part of the Warsaw Ghetto and wal [...]

    8. Jennifer Armstrong on said:

      I will have to wipe the tears from my eyes to write a review This book was extraordinary Powerful A masterpiece I predict it will become a classic of Holocaust literature As a children s bookseller, I read this with the idea that it might work in school curriculum WWII Holocaust studies, since the narrator is a child Will it The answer is yes, and largely for the reasons that it s so powerful The writing is extremely simple, very direct, from the point of a view of a kid with little or no imagin [...]

    9. Dianah on said:

      For a Holocaust book, I found this unbelievably emotionless The prose was almost as if a newspaper reporter had written it just the facts I m not sure if that was Shepard s intent, but it makes for a very sterile, removed read about a subject that is normally beyond heartbreaking.

    10. Wendy Cosin on said:

      The Book of Aron is an historic novel, one of the main characters of which is Janusz Korczak, a doctor and childrens advocate who ran the best known orphanage in Warsaw in the early 1940 s The narrator is 10 year old Aron, who provides a chronology of his life in the ghetto before and during the Nazi occupation Aron describes his day to day life what happened and what people said in the train of thought and speech pattern of a child The author combines long compound sentences with short sentence [...]

    11. Merritt on said:


    12. Manchester Military History Society (MMHS) on said:

      Powerful child s eye view of the hell that was the Warsaw Ghetto.Jim Shepard has produced an oddly dispassionate child s eye view of the Warsaw Ghetto I say oddly because the most shocking incidents are described in such a matter of fact way which both underlines the innocence of children, but also the normalcy that violence became in those times This short book packs a massive punch as Aron describes his descent into the hell of being Jewish under Nazi rule in Poland.Not one for the faint heart [...]

    13. Cynthia on said:

      For some reason I keep returning to World War II in my reading life I want to know the why of it, how it could have happened Hitler s Germany seems almost too horrible to be true I suppose my World War II addiction is a way of avoiding the nightly news and the daily fresh news it brings with the slight comfort of knowing that World War II happened so long ago When I read about Shepard s new book I determined I wouldn t spend the time to read it yet in the end I did I m glad I did.It s the fictio [...]

    14. Teresa on said:

      This is the simply written story of a young Polish boy named Aron living in poverty in Warsaw at the beginning of WWII It is written from the child s vantage point He does poorly in school, has multiple siblings including a sickly younger brother and his parents both work his mother scrubbing floors and taking in laundry and his father in a factory Descriptions of the oppression and violence against Poland s Jewish citizens gradually builds They are restricted from areas, they are all moved to o [...]

    15. Alison Miller-astor on said:

      I need to differ from the critics on this one hailed as a masterpiece that will join the short list of classics about children caught up in the Holocaust , a Holocaust novel that stands with the most powerful writing on that subject , it just never really hit home for me Described as Heartbreaking, shattering, charming, and brilliant , it never resonated with me on any deep emotional level Sad, yes Interesting, so so Maybe I ve read too many Holocaust novels, but this one just failed to hit that [...]

    16. Katherine on said:

      I started off this book, and continued at least 100 pages into it, wondering about the flatness of the narrative voice The story is delivered in a detached matter of fact fashion, telling of the formation and the increasing repression and suffering of the Warsaw ghetto, and I kept thinking, at some point a story this wrenching is finally going to break open and tear my heart out view spoiler And then, it did On the very last page, with the final paragraph of the story He put his hands behind my [...]

    17. Ruthiella on said:

      This is another 2016 TOB shortlisted book I wasn t super impressed at the beginning, but it really got me by the end of it The Book of Aron is historical fiction about the Warsaw Ghetto and obliquely the book takes many, many pages to get there about a real life figure, Dr Janusz Korczak, who ran an orphanage within the Ghetto until he and his charges were shipped off to Treblinka and presumably gassed The story is told form the perspective of Aron, a young Jewish boy whose family first move to [...]

    18. Cristiana de Sousa on said:

      Tenho um certo fasc nio por historias sobre a segunda guerra mundial Por isso quando li a sinopse deste livro fiquei logo intrigada Apesar de n o ter grandes expectativas sobre a historia, n o posso deixar de estar desiludida Estava espera que o livro me cativa se sobretudo porque contada sobre o olhar de uma crian a que passa por horrores que nenhuma crian a jamais deveria passar N o me conectei nem senti empatia com nenhuma personagem O que para um livro que retrata este per odo tao sombrio da [...]

    19. Krista on said:

      My mother and father named me Aron, but my father said they should have named me What Have You Done, and my uncle told everyone they should have called me What Were You Thinking I broke medicine bottles by crashing them together and let the neighbors animals loose from pens My mother said my father shouldn t beat such a small boy, but my father said that one misfortune was never enough for me, and my uncle told her that my kind of craziness was like stealing from the rest of the family.When we f [...]

    20. Bruce on said:

      Jim Shepard s novel is the story of a young adolescent boy, Aron, in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II It actually follows his life over a few years, from shortly before the walling in of the ghetto until its evacuation All the horrors of that place and time are described with special emphasis on the frequent role of children in stealing and smuggling in order to survive There are probably few details that most of us have not read about many times before, but I was struck by the emotional to [...]

    21. Vasco Simões on said:

      As crian as e o holocausto Perspetiva de Aron, um rapazito polaco, que v como a sua vida e a da sua fam lia, amigos, bairro, cidade muda completamente com a chegada dos nazis O resto j d para imaginar e pelo meio muitas atrocidades No entanto, o livro em si n o me gerou particular apego N o sei explicar a raz o.

    22. Deborah on said:

      I m going to crawl into bed and remain in a fetal position for a day or two When I can get up and function normally again I ll try to write a review.

    23. Mal Warwick on said:

      The annihilation of the Warsaw Ghetto was one of the signature events of the Second World War Its story has been told innumerable times, in print, on film, and in oral histories But, since I don t go out of my way to seek out books about the Holocaust, I hadn t yet come across a book that tells the tale from the perspective of a child The Book of Aron, a novel by Jim Shepard, does that job brilliantly It is a superb contribution to the extensive literature about World War II.This is not one of t [...]

    24. Paulo Pires on said:

      3.4 Aron permite nos um olhar diferente da segunda guerra mundial Um olhar entre a ingenuidade e o sofrimento atroz, onde n o h her is, onde n o h condutas reprov veis, onde a fronteira entre o certo e o errado se esbate de tal forma que a sobreviv ncia se sobrep e a tudo o resto.Uma das coisas que mais apreciei no livro foi a vis o escolhida pelo autor para narrar esta hist ria.Ao optar por fazer de Aron, uma crian a de 8 anos, o nosso ponto de observa o, contamos desde logo com uma vis o muito [...]

    25. Maria Carmo on said:

      I did not like this book No, do not misinterpret me What the Author has done is AMAZING the narrator s voice, being a child, is none the less crude and rough in his descriptions, and all the truthful for them There is a general ambiance of sordid raw suffering, none of the flourished scenarios of softer versions of the Warsaw ghetto But, unfortunately, this is probably what corresponds to the real daily life under such dire conditionsGermans started first spreading rumors that Jews were unclean [...]

    26. Isaura Pereira on said:

      H algum tempo que este livro andava nas estantes da biblioteca que frequento espera de ser lido Sendo sobre esta tem tica esperei precisamente por Janeiro para o ler N o sabia nada dele N o li a sinopse, n o li cr ticas, opini es Contudo, n o foi uma leitura que me cativasse N o me agarrou e por vezes tornou se algo aborrecido De certa forma consegui compreender a mensagem que o autor tentou transmitir, mas n o me encantou Tenho todo o respeito por este tema e por todas estas hist rias Mas h lei [...]

    27. David on said:

      A child s eye view of the Warsaw Ghetto Powerful Final section takes place in Janusz Korczak s orphanage, and the ending poses the question was Korczak s unwillingness to escape and refusal to abandon his orphans noble, or did it make the Nazi murderers job easier or maybe both

    28. Carol on said:

      Unsentimental, sometimes quite funny and, ultimately, devastating book written from the point of view of a not so nice 9 year old boy in the Warsaw Ghetto.Jim Shepard is known for his prodigous research and, despite the apparent simplicity of the story and the prose, it really shows.

    29. Maria João on said:

      6,5 de 10 Aron foi um menino que teve a pouca sorte, a par com tantos outros milhares de crian as, de viver na Pol nia, na poca das invas es alem s Obrigado a mudar para um gueto de judeus onde as condi es sanit rias e alimentares escasseavam cada vez mais, obrigado a assistir ida do seu pai e dos seus irm os mais velhos para campos de trabalhos para n o os voltar a ver, o pequeno Aron chamou a si a responsabilidade de levar para casa alguns bens e, principalmente comida, praticando a actividade [...]

    30. Emma Balkin on said:

      A book by an author from a country you ve never visited, a book with a title that is a character s name, a novel set during wartime, a book with an unreliable narrator, a book about a difficult topic, a book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you.

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