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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heidegger's Glasses...Review...DNF

About the book:
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 ThumbUnabridged 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.

Read 11/10

1/5 Stars


  1. I guess we have to chalk this up as everyone is different, and no single book will work for every person who picks it up. I'm sorry it wasn't a match, but I appreciate you mentioning the other positive reviews. A few people on the tour said it would make their "best of" lists this year!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. I'm sorry you didn't like this one. I admit I was confused for the first 10 or so pages, but it didn't bother me because I was waiting for the story to unfold. Thanks for linking to my review. I hope it's okay to link to your review on War Through the Generations.

  3. I have read a couple of reviews about this. It actually sounds pretty good to me! But, I guess it is just a matter of opinion.

  4. Sorry this didn't work for you but it sounds like a book that I would appreciate and I do want to read it. Not everyone will like a book but I'm surprised that you weren't moved by the historical aspects of the book related to the World War 2, the holocaust or the Third Reich. They are powerful historical events.