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Book Discussion - Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld

Saturday, May 4, 2013 24 Iyyar 5773

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

A Shoah novel about an 11-year-old boy who is hidden from the Nazis in a brothel by a kind-hearted but emotionally troubled prostitute.

“Blooms of Darkness differs from many of Appelfeld’s previous novels which tend to portray either European Jewish communities in the years immediately preceding their destruction or survivors in the years following (and sometimes both), but tend to avoid the actual events of the Shoah itself. This time the plot unfolds entirely during the years 1942–1944, and as it does we share the young protagonist’s senses of fear, loss, loneliness, abandonment, boredom, as well as the comfort, kindness, love, and sometimes neglect he receives from his protector.” --David Cooper, New York Journal of Books.

BPL has 13 print copies as well as an electronic version; the 10% discount for PSJCers applies at Community Bookstore, but it is not available as an audiobook. 

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