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  •  The Painted Bird is the only book I've ever read (19+ / 0-)

    that made me sick at my stomach. I really felt ill.  Read it when I was 18 or 19. Lolita didn't make me feel nauseated, but it was, and is, a novel that I cannot read all the way through.  I have to stop, let some time pass, and then pick up at the point I left off and read to the end.

    Thanks for discussing this neglected work. I've never forgotten it--would never, ever read it again.  I have to be careful what I read for fear of nightmares.  Believe me, I've had them, even to the point of walking in my sleep.

    Your description of the horrible times Kosinski endured makes me grieve for that poor, tormented man.  He did not deserve that. All writers depict the world as they see it.  Perhaps their particular vision is not appreciated by some or all of their readers, but that makes it no less legitimate.

    R.I.P., Jerzy Kosinski.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 05:50:11 PM PDT

    •  I think I was too young (4+ / 0-)

      when I read it. It was the most sickening book I've ever read.

      Light is seen through a small hole.

      by houyhnhnm on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:17:37 PM PDT

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      •  Sickening? Geez, hardly (5+ / 0-)

        The war was a terrible experience. The Painted Bird was nothing more than either a fictional or non-fictional depiction.

        It was truth of certain parts.

        If you want to be sick, watch "Shoah". Now that is sickening.

        •  Shoah is sickening yes, (2+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest, P Carey

          I don't know how Ebert sat through a continuous marathon of the entire documentary with other critics.

          Come and See is pretty bad too.

          "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

          by ArkDem14 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:51:08 PM PDT

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          •  My wife and I did (2+ / 0-)
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            P Carey, RiveroftheWest

            It was an amazing movie. Unfortunately badly done. Rather than simultaneous translation, all of the polish bits were done by allowing the polish speech to occur and then the translation. Took a lot of extra time. Very annoying. Powerful movie.

            •  It wasn't annoying in the scenes I watched (1+ / 0-)
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              RiveroftheWest

              but yeah, I imagine that after hours of this stop and start, slow moving progression it would begin to get under your skin.

              "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

              by ArkDem14 on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 04:32:38 PM PDT

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              •  He spent a lot of time with this polish farmer (2+ / 0-)
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                RiveroftheWest, ArkDem14

                who lived next door to Auschwitz. He was interested in seeing if the guy was aware of stuff. OK, interesting question. But in a huge marathon of a movie, it was aggravating to see the time delay. There were a lot of issues he did not touch, as you can imagine. He could have cut the interview time in half, and discussed more stuff. But it's been 20 years since I saw the movie.

        •  I read The Last of the Just (1+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest

          That was a terribly sad and disturbing book, but it was not sickening. The Painted Bird with its endless portrayal of graphic brutality verged almost on pornography in my opinion.

          Light is seen through a small hole.

          by houyhnhnm on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 08:13:09 AM PDT

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