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The Lost

By: Daniel Mendelsohn
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
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Summary

In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic - part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work - that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.

The Lost begins as the story of a boy who grew up in a family haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust - an unmentionable subject that gripped his imagination from earliest childhood. Decades later, spurred by the discovery of a cache of desperate letters written to his grandfather in 1939 and tantalized by fragmentary tales of a terrible betrayal, Daniel Mendelsohn sets out to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his relatives' fates. That quest eventually takes him to a dozen countries on four continents and forces him to confront the wrenching discrepancies between the histories we live and the stories we tell. And it leads him, finally, back to the small Ukrainian town where his family's story began and where the solution to a decades-old mystery awaits him.

Deftly moving between past and present, interweaving a world-wandering odyssey with childhood memories of a now-lost generation of immigrant Jews and provocative ruminations on biblical texts and Jewish history, The Lost transforms the story of one family into a profound, morally searching meditation on our fragile hold on the past. Deeply personal, grippingly suspenseful, and beautifully written, this literary tour de force illuminates all that is lost, and found, in the passage of time.

©2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Search for the truth

This is an engrossing account of Mr Mendelson's search for lost relatives in the holocaust. It is hard to critic because of the subject matter which at times is truly horrific as would be expected. There are also moments of levity in his wonderful descriptions of elderly Jewish ladies he befriends and help him with his search. One elderly lady in New York who continuely reminds him that his brother is much better looking. However, the digressions into the Torah and Greek tragedy don't really add much to the story and make it rather long winded. There are so many characters and false leads, that is enough to keep up with, the digressions are not needed. It is an incredible story and shows the persistence and endurance that have made an epic, educational and moving read.

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An amazing story and education

Listened to the audio book as my chosen format and maybe the long length referred in negative reviews makes the case for listening. Though many of us will never know much at all about our ancestors so brutally killed, Daniel's sharing of his journey brings the truth to us in painful and funny and in educational mixtures so we, too, will feel closer in spirit to family never to be known but always loved. Thanks, Daniel

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