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Not me : a novel (vuoden 2005 painos)

– tekijä: Michael Lavigne

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Not Me is a remarkable debut novel that tells the dramatic and surprising stories of two men-father and son-through sixty years of uncertain memory, distorted history, and assumed identity. When Heshel Rosenheim, apparently suffering from Alzheimer's disease, hands his son, Michael, a box of moldy old journals, an amazing adventure begins-one that takes the reader from the concentration camps of Poland to an improbable love story during the battle for Palestine, from a cancer ward in New Jersey to a hopeless marriage in San Francisco. The journals, which seem to tell the story of Heshel's life, are so harrowing, so riveting, so passionate, and so perplexing that Michael becomes obsessed with discovering the truth about his father. As Michael struggles to come to grips with his father's elusive past, a world of complex and disturbing possibilities opens up to him-a world in which an accomplice to genocide may have turned into a virtuous Jew and a young man cannot recall murdering the person he loves most; a world in which truth is fiction and fiction is truth and one man's terrible-or triumphant-transformation calls history itself into question. Michael must then solve the biggest riddle of all: Who am I?Intense, vivid, funny, and entirely original, Not Me is an unsparing and unforgettable examination of faith, history, identity, and love.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Not me : a novel
Kirjailijat:Michael Lavigne
Info:New York : Random House, 2007, c2005.
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Not Me (tekijä: Michael Lavigne)

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    The Storyteller (tekijä: Jodi Picoult) (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These thought-provoking novels examine the atrocious activities and difficult decisions made during the Holocaust, the legacy of World War II, and the links between identity and humanity.
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    Motherless Brooklyn (tekijä: Jonathan Lethem) (ehines)
    ehines: Not me is a different kind of novel than Motherless Brooklyn, but with a very similar spirit. The subject matter is more serious, but the protagonist is a comedian, with an attitude quite similar, to my mind, to the narrator of Motherless Brooklyn.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 10) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Quite dark but fascinating story about identity and family history. I loved the way Levigne switched back and forth between the protagonist and his father's journal. It was almost two stories in one - a young man dealing with the death of his father, his sense of loss and confusion on the direction of his life, and Nazi soldier's story of survival, duel identity and role in the beginning of the Israeli state. The writing was good, characters strong, themes interesting. It just didn't totally blow me away. A strong book but not my favorite of the year. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
The story was more interesting than the writing. The author did not provide all the answers I hoped for, but that's life. We don't know everything about each situation. ( )
  suesbooks | Aug 26, 2018 |
Interesting story of a Jewish man (Michael) who travels to Florida to care for his dying father. Upon one visit he's given a box of journals written out by his father. He picks up the first and begins to read a story where his father was not Hershel Rosenheim, a Holocaust survivor, but began life as Heinrich Mueller, an SS officer working as an accountant at Majdanek concentration camp who steals a Jewish victim's identity to avoid being charged with war crimes. Michael wonders if this is really his father's story, and who left him the journals? He begins to try to piece together his family's history.

This was an interesting, well told story with just a few minor problems. For one thing, there were a few areas in the story where the author seems to get intentionally crude. These parts took me out of the story because there didn't seem to be a good reason for their inclusion. For another, the mystery of his family's history is only partially resolved at the end. After all the investigating and angst, there is no big "AHA!" moment. But this book does do something that many others fail at -- offering a different take on the suffering of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. Three and a half stars. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
This was an excellent debut novel! I was not previously familiar with this author, and I only came across this novel by chance, but I would surelike to read more of his work.

The story is of Heschel Rosenhem, a survivor of the Majdenek concentration camp during WWII, who is elderly and now in a nursing home in Florida where he is mentally declining due to Alzheimer's disease. His son Michael comes into possession of a journal of his dad's which was written during the war years. Michael is divorced, far away from his ex-wife Ella in San Francisco, and conflicted about his relationship with his own son Josh who lives with Ella. Michael slowly reads his dad's journal while visiting him in Florida and is horrified by what he learns.

The pace of this novel is great. It is written with Michael as the narrator. Michael tells his own story. Then he switches from time to time to parts of his dad's journal and reacts to what he learns. The story sort of turns into a morbid mystery, but one that is easy to read and well written. I found it very touching. I hope others do, too. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Dec 4, 2015 |
A very game essay at some very big topics--selfhood, the holocaust, guilt, filial loyalty, justice, joking about all these serious things. Not a masterpiece, but a fine novel that deals well and sometimes hilariously with big issues without any attempt to solve them. I could see it being called Big Issues, Little Me. This book both refuses to give us a hero and refuses to be bleak because there aren't heroes. ( )
  ehines | Apr 22, 2014 |
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Not Me is a remarkable debut novel that tells the dramatic and surprising stories of two men-father and son-through sixty years of uncertain memory, distorted history, and assumed identity. When Heshel Rosenheim, apparently suffering from Alzheimer's disease, hands his son, Michael, a box of moldy old journals, an amazing adventure begins-one that takes the reader from the concentration camps of Poland to an improbable love story during the battle for Palestine, from a cancer ward in New Jersey to a hopeless marriage in San Francisco. The journals, which seem to tell the story of Heshel's life, are so harrowing, so riveting, so passionate, and so perplexing that Michael becomes obsessed with discovering the truth about his father. As Michael struggles to come to grips with his father's elusive past, a world of complex and disturbing possibilities opens up to him-a world in which an accomplice to genocide may have turned into a virtuous Jew and a young man cannot recall murdering the person he loves most; a world in which truth is fiction and fiction is truth and one man's terrible-or triumphant-transformation calls history itself into question. Michael must then solve the biggest riddle of all: Who am I?Intense, vivid, funny, and entirely original, Not Me is an unsparing and unforgettable examination of faith, history, identity, and love.

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