To do this I took the genre of my story into that of historical fiction. I wanted to weave some of the emotional and relationship elements into the factual events that happened. Professional researchers had confirmed that history and memory in this case waltzed perfectly in step. I had now given myself the luxury of choreographing my story to provide, I hoped for, compelling reading.
I was faced with certain elements told to me by Lale that I had to decide whether or not to include or leave out. I very easily decided the depth of the horrors Lale had witnessed over and over again, particularly as they related to what he had seen with Josef Mengele, would be curtailed.
I did spend considerable time deciding how to write the relationship between Lale and his SS minder Baretski. In the end I chose telling it the way it happened, knowing this could potentially have readers question the morality of him acting as a friend to his enemy. Lale was smart enough to know how to manipulate this man into thinking they were friends. Knowing at any time Baretski could shoot him dead. No questions asked. No consequences. Just one more dead Jew. Given Lale had chosen not to give his story to anyone while Gita was alive, I asked him was this because he thought he might be accused of being a collaborator.
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His answer was yes, he could never do anything that might bring harm to Gita or their son should such an accusation come his way. In saying this he made it very clear to me, he at no time then or now ever believed anything he did could justify anyone saying he collaborated with the SS. Yes, he worked for the SS, but so did every person in camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. If you worked sorting out clothes and possessions of the prisoners arriving, you were working for the SS. If you worked on construction, building the blocks that would house the thousands of men and women brought to Birkenau, you worked for the SS.
Did he have a choice?
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That there was, he used to the advantage and benefit of as many prisoners as he could in getting extra food and medicine. Did he feel guilt? Of course he did. Every friend of his I met who had experienced time in a concentration camp showed obvious signs of this also. How can you not when you witness not only the death of family and friends but of humanity itself, and you end up walking away, not be haunted by the events and carry the burden of having survived? He chose to honour those who did not survive by leading the best life he could. He lived by the saying — if you wake up in the morning it is a good day.
I got it as Jonathan Livington Seagull has stuck with me in my mind for decades. I though why not?? As it turns out I am at a point in my life where I wonder if I will be alone the rest of my life or will I find someone "special". This love story has given me hope. Right now, that is enough. Enjoy it!!!!! May 18, Diane Callaway rated it liked it. Not one of my favorite works of his. Nov 15, Rich Flammer rated it did not like it Shelves: humor. Pure platitudinous puke. One of the worst books I've actually kept reading until I finished although I honestly don't know how I did it.
This is probably the only one star rating you'll see from me, because there are too many good books out there to squander time on the crummy ones.
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I just stop reading those I don't enjoy partway through, and I don't rate them. I also have a problem with writing bad reviews, because I don't think it's fair to the writer. If I don't like it, and I do happen to Pure platitudinous puke. If I don't like it, and I do happen to finish which isn't likely , fair enough, that's my opinion and I'll simply leave it out of the mix.
In this case, I'll break my own rule and say that this book is as cheesy as they come, and would have never found a publisher had Bach not had such enormous success with the one about the bird. I like a good love story, but the gooey and self-indulgent way this one is written could even appall Mister Rogers enough to ralph on his own cardigan sweater.
Corny, amorous drivel mixed with a smug author's excessive self-absorption just doesn't make for good reading. View 1 comment. Oct 22, Sheila rated it liked it. I read this book again to see if it still hit as hard as it did when I discovered it in college amid the long distance angst of having met my future husband More emotional memory than stellar wr I read this book again to see if it still hit as hard as it did when I discovered it in college amid the long distance angst of having met my future husband More emotional memory than stellar writing but it will always have a home on my shelves.
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Jun 08, Sarath Krishnan rated it it was amazing. Michael Bakhtin formulated the idea called dialogism while studying the nature of the literary form called 'novel'. Bakhtin identifies 'polyphony' as the greatest quality of the genre, by which he means its ability to include diverse voices within the same work. Different contradictory elements exists in a single literary work, complementing each other. A good literary piece is one which reflects different ideological strands without affecting the central or dominant voice of the 'author'.
Richar Michael Bakhtin formulated the idea called dialogism while studying the nature of the literary form called 'novel'. Richard Bach's theme in the novel 'Bridge' is his search for 'soulmate' and his concept of love, and also how he find out his true soul mate.
However, this idea is one among the many ideas he discussed in the work; at the same time, the idea of 'love' dominates in the work. You can find different voices in this text; Bach who is against the institution of marriage; against the institutionalized church; against govts' intervention of individual freedom; and so on and on.
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Contrary to this, he a married man, he is searching for spiritual harmony, he is conservative supporter of the governmental system. He went afer many woman and enjoyed the lifestyle. The pilot, Bach, visited several places and found new and new women everywhere. The idea does not mean he is a licentiousness, instead he believed in the superiority of the human self, and does not want to be the slave of any system. He searched for the perfection of his own self.
Bach believed in a particular religious philosophy in which an individual attains perfection by himself. He can converse with the spirits and can foresee the things. The power of the human soul is above any powers in the world. The concepts of love and music and everything he possesses is in contrast with Leslie, his real soulmate.
Love means understanding each others freedom and unique identity, she thought. The life is full of learning, they learned from each other, progressed the life with mutual trust and love. View all 8 comments. Dec 01, Joey Closson rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favorites. As Richard jumps from seeking love to avoiding and dances around his long running on-again off-again relationship you can't help but say to yourself at times, "Man, that's exactly how I felt. The criticism of this book is typical that Bach is a one dimensional author and "Bridge" is simply "Jonathon Livingston Seagull" if replaced learning about flight with learning how to love and the bird with a human who is kind of a jackass.
But that is kind of the point. That there is no lesson to be learned from "Richard," that sometimes, often in romantic relationships, we are the one who is most in our own way. Don't read it as a philosphy book like "JLS" or "Illusions" another favorite of mine , but for the honesty in which Bach puts emotions on the page. Your read of "Bridge" will be less about hearing what happens to Richard, and more about being reminded what happened to you. Very real for a very fake book. On that note The book reaches it's emotional climax, it resolves the main characters and the writer admits that that should probably be the end right there.
He goes on for an extended prologue that really can be described only as Bach having jumped the freaking shark. Absolutely love the book. But when the narrator talks about how this is the part he should end the book, just put it down and don't join him on the awful tangent that holds the final pages of the book.