Skip to main content

View Diary: Books Go Boom!   The Painted Bird and Holocaust Fiction (60 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I read the book long ago. (7+ / 0-)

    It had a big impact on me in much the same way "The Dwarf" by Par Lagerkvist and "Journal of the Plague Years" by Daniel Defoe did. I remember the big kerfuffle about Kosinski as well. I was saddened by his suicide. I remember there was something about his Polish family, too. And something about Poland's treatment of Jewish people and something about Koczinski's students writing his books. I remember thinking at the time that he should probably have been a little more like J.D. Salinger and protected his privacy.
    At any rate "The Painted Bird" was a great book. There was something basically simple and honest about it.  And "Being There" has aged well. A couple of weeks ago, I went with some people from my DFA club to meet separately with two of our state politicians. I took notes. When I re-read the notes, I was reminded of Chance in "Being There".  But I thought of the Chance in the movie, not the Chance in the book. Much of what these pols said was so ambiguous that it could mean anything.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam> "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Edna St.V. Millay

    by slouching on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:33:02 PM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site