Book Reviews of The Ministry of Special Cases

The Ministry of Special Cases
The Ministry of Special Cases
Author: Nathan Englander
ISBN-13: 9780375404931
ISBN-10: 0375404937
Publication Date: 4/24/2007
Pages: 352
Rating:
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3 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a really incredible novel set during a very disturbing period in Argentina's recent history. There are classic moments of the pathology of being an outsider. There is the history and personal stories and the fearful reality as the backdrop. It was frightening. Not a light read or good for mindless reading. But a really good book. Hard to get into at first and recommend sitting down for a few more extra pages than usual to get yourself started.
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Helpful Score: 1
The "disappeared" of post-Peron Argentina is the topic of this novel, the story of the abduction of Pato Poznan, a young Jewish student, and the resulting collapse of his family. Somehow the horror and hopelessness is conveyed with humor--but this is most certainly not a funny book. It was one of the most powerful novels I've ever read. Nathan Englander is a phenomenon.
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This is an amazing book. A very deep story, that takes place in Argentina during the Dirty War. It took me awhile to get into it, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This is not a light read. When I finished it I was profoundly sad. This will stay with me for a very long time.