Monday, October 11, 2010

Bending Toward the Sun by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie - Review

Bending Toward the Sun is a memoir that spans three generations.  It's told in different points of view, which is nice, because as you see it may not be how they see it.

Rita Lurie is five when she is uprooted from everything she knows, ripped from her home, to flee from the Nazi's.  Her family and eleven others take refuge in a friend's attic.  She watches her brother and her mother die, but she eventually leaves Poland.

She struggles to find herself in her new world, but she is strong and brave and she survives.  Then she brings into the world a daughter, Leslie.  Leslie then delves into her mother's past, discovering the trauma Rita had gone through and how her emotional turmoil has affected her own life, and how,  it has affected her own daughter's outlook on life.

Inspiring, haunting, heart-wrenching, and mesmirizing.  Their story enraptured me and my heart bled for them.  They are amazing women who are survivors and are full of strength, even when they are at their lowest.  The subject matter isn't for the faint of heart, as we all know, the Holocaust was a terrifying and horrifying time.  But, Bending Toward the Sun is a superb read, full of history, family and hope.  I just love the cover - it is so beautiful!!

1 comment:

  1. In really thought this was a great memoir too, and fascinating how it has affected each of the following generations. Great review!


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