Mila 18 is one of the better sagas written by Leon Uris. It tells a complex story with a wide cast of people in Warsaw, including an American journalist, all of whom end up entangled in the Warsaw ghetto. Uris paints a vivid picture of ghetto life and compelling stories of what people do in those circumstances, and more importantly, how they fight back. The characterizations are good, the romantic relationships abound, and if they are a little contrived at times, we can forgive him and just cheer for our protagonists. The novel's flaws don't detract too much from the story.
Amazing story of fighting for yourself, your family, and your faith. The story is historically based and provides an interesting look into Jews in Warsaw.
The compelling story of the ghetto uprising that defied Nazi tyranny, as the Jews of Warsaw boldly met Wehrmacht tanks with homemade weapons and bare fists.
"A great human experience! How the Warsaw Jews lived & how they died of starvation, execution & mass murder before the revolt broke out, how they differed among themselves, how they loved & hated & how they changed under the fearful pressures of terror & imminent death----all this is MILA 18. Deeply moving, powerful, stirring!"
---THE NEW YORK TIMES
The Warsaw Uprising (WW II)
one of my all time favorite books. Why hasn't this been made into a movie?
Very powerful novel about the Warsaw Ghetto and the Jewish Uprising there during WWII. I've read quite a bit about the Holocaust but this is the first novel I've read about the Warsaw Ghetto and the courageous fighters who faced the Nazis with limited weapons including homemade bombs and their bare hands. This novel by Uris was sweeping in scope telling the story of Poland and Warsaw before the German invasion in 1939 and through the horrors of the ghetto. The novel focuses on a group of people including Jews, Polish non-Jews, and Germans. The Jewish characters and the Poles who helped them were very believable and Uris' descriptions made me feel their pain as they fought their oppressors. The German characters were sufficiently evil and there was no question that I despised them and everything they stood for. Every time I read something about the Holocaust, I can't believe how man can be so inhuman towards man!
This novel was written in 1961 and some of the first part of the novel was a little soap-operaish, in line with other novels of the time like Harold Robbins and Irving Wallace. But overall, I would definitely recommend this one. I have read QBVII by Uris which I would also recommend and I most definitely will be reading more of his work.