Holocaust" because that connotes that we don't need "another book about the Holocaust," or so it seems to me. And we do need "another book about the Holocaust." Because it was so unspeakable and so horrible and so inhumane and so-hard-to-believe-that-a-human-being-could-do-this. That is why we always need "another book about slavery" and "another book about what we did to Native Americans" and another and another and another. Because racial hate and crime and violence keep going on and on and on.
Anna and the Swallow Man is a VERY different Holocaust novel. I am not quite sure, no, I am VERY sure, I didn't understand all of it. I would love to talk to someone who did understand it. I know it wasn't meant to be taken literally, all of it anyway, but there was just so much that went over my head. However, it was so well written and the parts that I did "get" were profound. So I would very much recommend this, even though I can't say I understood it.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.