A little girl trying to make sense of the chaos that surrounds her…

Saying Goodbye to WarsawSaying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For some reason I thought Abigail was a teenager of perhaps 14/15 yrs of age. I actually went back and checked. Then I realised that her ‘voice’ sounded older than her years. Jaded by experience and forced to be more mature than she should have to be at the age of nine. Ripped from her safe and comfortable existence and thrust into the bowels of hell.
The way she speaks about her surroundings suggests a level of denial of her reality, which would explain why her story often sounds as if the unfolding events are insignificant and not worth worrying about. So instead of the grimy, desperate and gruesome truth of the Warsaw Ghetto the reader experiences Abigail’s version of life as she sees it.
That sense of being there and not emotionally attached to the situation was an aspect that bothered me. It could be the intended scenario or aura that the author wanted to create, if not then the author wasn’t able to create an empathic connection between the story, the character and the reader.
I was both surprised and a little disappointed by the ending. There was suddenly a sense of frivolous adventure, which didn’t gel well with the previous story-line or the setting. Balancing a story between the history of the holocaust and the fictional plot can be tricky. The fictional story should never be perceived as making light of the historical truth of that time.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author.

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