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Day After Night

A Novel

Diamant, Anita

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Day After Night
Just as she gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament inThe Red Tent, Anita Diamant creates a cast of breathtakingly vivid characters -- young women who escaped to Israel from Nazi Europe -- in this intensely dramatic novel.Day After Nightis based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for "illegal" immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa. The story is told through the eyes of four young women at the camp with profoundly different stories. All of them survived the Holocaust: Shayndel, a Polish Zionist; Leonie, a Parisian beauty; Tedi, a hidden Dutch Jew; and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to begin to hope, Shayndel, Leonie, Tedi, and Zorah find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country.This is an unforgettable story of tragedy and redemption, a novel that reimagines a moment in history with such stunning eloquence that we are haunted and moved by every devastating detail.Day After Nightis a triumphant work of fiction.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743299848
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Theresa M Lotz rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Loved the Red Tent so that is why I was eager to read this book. I found the characters stilted so there was no connection to them. The story did not flow so I often had to go back and check to see who was who. Overall, a boring and disappointing read.

Jul 20, 2012
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is based on the true escape of illegal immigrants being held by the British government in Isreal after the second world war. I was unaware of the history of Atlit prior to reading this book. It is a gentle read, highlighting the lives of several woman who had different experiences of the war and the interaction between them in the detention camp. There is no drama to the escape, as life has been much, much too dramatic in during the war years for these women. Truely an interesting account of immigration into Isreal after the second world war.

Sep 25, 2011
  • Deena rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had really high hopes for this book as I both enjoy the author and subject matter. However, I gave up about halfway through. This book seems to be very slow moving with "blah" characters.

Sep 01, 2011
  • mdombrova rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read Diamant's The Red Tent before picking up this book. The Red Tent was AMAZING. This book does not even compare.

Jul 16, 2011
  • redtentfan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book!!!

May 10, 2011
  • breadandjamforfrances rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. As with Diamant's other works, she concentrates on the emotional experiences of women, and at times it is very powerful. The book does not seem meant to provide a balanced view of a political situation or a particularly action-filled plot, but it does offer insight into this time period and this group of people, which I suspect are not as well known as other events and people in the post-WWII era.

Mar 05, 2011
  • peacelovewesties rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book came highly recommended but I'm sorry to say that it didn't grab me. There were moments when I thought that the story was going to take off, but then the chapter ended abruptly and the author moved on to something new. I also found the characters to be quite stilted - I don't know whether that was deliberate since none of them had much trust in others after what they had been through, but it left me wanting more.

Oct 18, 2010
  • Sisbot rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

To be honest, I was as bored as the characters were in Atlit! The best part of this book, was the last chapter and finding out what happened to them all.

Sep 05, 2010
  • indielibrarian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story was good, the characters well-drawn, the plot absorbing. Told from the point of view of four women, the story takes place in 1945 inside Atlit, a detention camp for illegal immigrants, i.e. Holocaust survivors, in what was then British Palestine. Stories of life at the camp are interspersed with flashbacks relating the various suffering the women went through in Europe. Their stories are engaging, heartbreaking, and the women likeable, even lovable. So why only 3 stars? I didn't like the pro-Zionist slant. I don't take a side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because I think both sides are wrong. The only time in this book that the Palestinian question was addressed was in a conversation in which one young Zionist complained that none of the literature or kibbutzniks urging Jews to come to Palestine mentioned that there were Arabs already living there. This was met by the argument that Arabs were dirty peasants who weren't doing anything with the land anyway. The point of view of the Palestinians is completely ignored. The only "enemy" that is given a voice is the British commander of the camp, and his loyalty is so divided that he can hardly be called an enemy. Less patriotic drivel and more thoughtful analysis would have made this a much better book.


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