Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This eBook Is Too Darned Cheap: Heidegger's Glasses

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Heidegger's Glasses is such a wonderful book I should burn in Hades for getting it for free.  If you're lucky, author Thaisa Frank will put a price tag on it and save you the guilt before you download it.

The story line is utterly different from the same-old same-old we gefrom our beloved bestsellers at the top of the paid list.  Set in Nazi Germany in 1943, we meet Elie Schaten, a rescuer of huma"vermin" the Gestapo want to destroy.

The action centers on The Compound, an underground bunker 30 feet beneath a fake shepherd's hut, where prisoners spared from the gas chambers answer letters from dead people to be read by other dead people.  It is all part of an historically accurate and typically bizarre Nazi attempt to cover up the horrors of the concentration camps with a "paper trail" of correspondence between supposedly happy camp occupants.

Enter the underground chamber of horrors, where the Scribes in their strange ways try to tilt the universe back into balance.  On this teeter-totter, the insanity of the Third Reich can only be counter-weighted with insanity of equal gravity, if not gravitas.

The glory of this book is revelation of the indomitable human spirit, which will adopt insane behavior so it can adapt and balance the board of reality.

Thaisa Frank adeptly draws the reader into the mind-set of The Compound's inhabitants with skilled writing and what the New York Times called "a tantalizing sense of indirection."  

Even with the artful elimination of quotation marks removes the reader to a place inside the story.  So used are we readers to the  "  and the  "  to delineate dialog, and so quickly we abandon our little reality under the author's guiding hand.  Once past the first set of missing quote marks, Dear Reader, and you are lost into the world of the Scribes.  

The horror of the Holocaust, the desperation of a Germany falling apart as it loses the war, the fear of the victims and the desperation of their tormentors is revealed not by direct view, but reflected in the haunted souls of the characters.

Interspersed throughout the book are reproductions of the heart-shattering letters written in the 1940s as part of the cover-up.

More than a horror story, or a war story, Heidegger's Glasses reveals a solemn truth obscured by Nietsche's usual aphorism that "what does not kill me makes me stronger."  The truth:  What does not destroy me, though I survive, scars me and changes me..but I survive and go forward, though as a different person.

To preserve your own balance of rightness is this world, Dear Reader, do grab Heidegger's Glasses now while it is free.   It has no right to remain so for long.  Then buy the hard cover at $16.99.

Authors such as Frank must be fed, and we can do so only by paying for her book.  We definitely want to fund this talent so she will continue to provide books of this caliber.

Don't take our word for it.  Listen:  "The fiction of Thaisa Frank, according to the New York Times, works by "a tantalizing sense of indirection." Of her debut novel HEIDEGGER'S GLASSES Dan Chaon says "This is stunning work, full of mystery and strange tenderness. Thaisa Frank has written one of the most compelling stories of the Nazi Regime since D.M. Thomas's PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION. It is a book that will haunt you." Jim Moret of The Huffington Post has called it a "tour de force." And Publishers Weekly's starred review described Frank's vision of the Holocaust original and startling." 

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1 comment:

  1. Tom--

    Many thanks for this great review. I'm glad that it came across on a Kindle and glad that you liked the book.