The Shawl

The Shawl

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The Shawl is considered a modern classic - a masterpiece in two acts. The horror and desolation evoked through piercing imagery - first through the abomination of a Holocaust concentration camp murder, second through the eyes of the murdered child's mother, thirty years later, now 'a madwoman and a scavenger' - offers the reader a chilling insight into the empty suffering of a 'survivor'. In 'The Shawl', a woman named Rosa Lublin watches a concentration camp guard murder her child, a child barely old enough to walk. The shawl that was the child's security blanket and lone possession reappears in the second story, 'Rosa'. Rosa appears thirty years later, living in a Miami hotel and feeling the strain of a lifetime of pain: the hollowness of seeing her baby killed, of managing her harrowing memories she's being told to forget, and of even now being treated as a specimen and not a human more

Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 124 x 188 x 12mm | 58.97g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752880764
  • 9780752880761
  • 1,040,477

Review quote

"Ozick is one hell of a writer and The Shawl rings like a bell marked Truth." -- COLIN WATERS SUNDAY HERLADshow more

About Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick's essays, novels and short stories have won numerous prizes and awards; The Puttermesser Papers was a finalist for the National Book Award and Quarrel & Quandary was a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. She lives in the New York City more

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2,676 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 31% (827)
4 37% (1,003)
3 23% (621)
2 7% (176)
1 2% (49)
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