Thursday, November 18, 2010
A mysterious compound deep underground.
A love affair larger than a World War.
A fairy tale with atrocities.
And it all begins with one single letter….
Heidegger’s Glasses opens during the end of World War II in a failing Germany coming apart at the seams. The Third Reich’s strong reliance on the occult and its obsession with the astral plane has led to the formation of an underground compound of scribes–translators responsible for answering letters written to those eventually killed in the concentration camps.
Into this covert compound comes a letter written by eminent philosopher Martin Heidegger to his optometrist, who is now lost in the dying thralls of Auschwitz. How will the scribes answer this letter? The presence of Heidegger’s words–one simple letter in a place filled with letters–sparks a series of events that will ultimately threaten the safety and well-being of the entire compound.
Part love story, part thriller, part meditation on how the dead are remembered and history presented, with threads of Heidegger’s philosophy woven throughout, the novel evocatively illustrates the Holocaust from an entirely original vantage point.
Some books just resonate with you, some don't. This one didn't move me at all. Historically, it sounds fascinating and it's certainly a different perspective from which to look at World War 2 and the Third Reich.
The writing style was surreal and philosophical and reminded me of something you might read in an advanced English class in school. I found the book difficult to follow and I was more confused than intrigued. Ultimately, I didn't have the time nor the energy that this book required of me and I didn't finish it.
My reaction to the book seems to be in the minority. For many others, this book is a favorite and you can see other, positive reviews at Diary of an Eccentric, Life in the Thumb, Unabridged Chick, Book and Movies, That's What She Read, and 'Til We Read Again.
Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Thaisa Frank here. You can see other stops on the tour here. You can purchase your own copy here.