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by Leon Uris

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ISBN: 0553085778
ISBN13: 978-0553085778
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Leon Uris
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam; 8th edition (1974)
ePUB size: 1992 kb
FB2 size: 1685 kb
Rating: 4.5
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This is another great Leon Uris book. I'm not a heavy duty reader, but it is really noticeable how excellent his writing is in comparison to many other writers. It spoils you for books that are pretty average in writing skills. I am actually not through with this but almost. You learn a lot about the two main characters and grow to like them and hope that there is a solution in the end that allows them both to be guiltless. It is a good educational book for those who do not know much about the holocaust and I would hope they would be taught about it in school. I have read many autobiographies and biographies about the holocaust and I never cease to be amazed that the Germans were able to do such horrendous things. Either do them or look the other way. You think of the western world as civilized. But we should be wary as it can happen again and is happening as we speak with the rise of Muslim extremism, etc. Also, we in the US should be careful that with all the political polarization that is happening we do not let the powers that be become too powerful. I put some violence because it describes what is done to the Jewish victims by the German and other doctors in the camps during the war. It could be graphic though as it is hard to read about this.
All Leon Uris novels are 5 star masterpieces, and QB VII is no exception. Uris is one of the best authors in the historical fiction genre. QBVII, like many of his other novels, deals with recent Jewish history, such as Israel and the Holocaust. Uris masterfully combines fictional characters with real historical figures, and it is, at times, difficult to tell the difference. I frequently find myself checking Wikipedia to see if a person or place really exists or existed.

This novel recounts a fictional libel trial in England, where a Polish surgeon (Dr. Adam Kelno) sues a fictional author, Abraham Cady for libel, because of the latter's mention of the former as a prisoner/physician collaborating with the Nazis in horrendous experimental surgeries at the infamous (fictional) Jadwiga concentration camp during World War II. in his popular book, "The Holocaust."

As the trial proceeds, the reader finds himself sympathizing with the defendant's case, as more and more witnesses testify to the brutality, Nazi collaboration, and anti-Semitism of Dr. Kelno.

SPOILER ALERT! The novel ends with a judgement for Dr. Kelno, but damages awarded only for the lowest valued English currency, one half-penny. This result left me a bit confused, since it implies that Dr. Kelno's reputation was indeed libeled, but that his reputation wasn't worth very much in the first place, presumably because he was actually guilty of the allegations made against him. If this was indeed the case, then why the judgement in favor of the plaintiff, (Dr. Kelno)? This judgement, under British law, obligates the losing party (author Abraham Cady) to pay the legal expenses of the the plaintiff, Dr. Kelno. This is the real penalty, since these expenses far exceed the mere half-penny awarded to Dr.Kelno.

In short, this is a masterpiece that is well worth your time, especially if you are interested in the Holocaust. This novel, like all historical fiction, is based on a real event: the author's experience being sued for libel based on this negatively writing about a still living (at the time) physician who allegedly cooperated with the Nazis in medical atrocities. This is the third Leon Uris novel that I have read (in addition to Exodus and The Haj). All are highly recommended.
It's been decades since I read QBVII and I found myself disappointed. Uris' narrative in QBVII is stilted and his characters are under-developed. I never really found myself caring deeply about any of the characters. And I especially wanted to delve deeper into Kelno. My guess is the subject might have been too close to home for Uris to have the necessary objectivity for such penetrating insight (Uris was sued for libel by Dr. Wladislaw Dering, who claimed Uris defamed him in Exodus for performing medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners.).

That's not to say QBVII isn't is. But it's not great and that was disappointing because I love Uris. Mila 18 is one of my top 3 all-time favorite books. Exodus ranks in my top 8 and Battle Cry in my top 20 or higher. Uris is a writer who usually combines expansive character development with action, punctuated with deep historical insight.

If you enjoy historical drama and have an interest in the Nazi period, the QBVII will feed your interest. But it's an appetizer compared to the other 3 Uris books I mentioned. And if QBVII is your first intro to Uris, then keep going. He's definitely worth it.
It is perhaps poor form to rate a book I couldn't finish, but nevertheless, here is my review: 25% of the way into the story, we are introduced to Abraham Cady, a novelist, and given a seemingly endless synopsis of his life and how he came to be a great novelist--a process, we are told, involving hard work and the acquisition of exquisite talents of timing and building of suspense...learning to create characters so real that their breath clouds the cool air of the reader's ensorcelled chamber, and poising ends of chapters on precipices so urgent that there is no choice but to continue on to the next page.

My having given up a quarter of the way through suggests that Mr. Uris might have done well to take his own advice about craft.
There are passages of this book so eloquently written that it's a shame they exist in an ebook. I had to stop an read them out loud to my husband. Most of the book was hard to read in the sense of the content, although I do recommend it. It's not a genre I would usually choose due to the content being of such a dark nature. If only I could write a passage as well as this author explained humanity. Although in a pessimistic light, it's truth cannot be denied. Applaud this author, he is truly one to be respected!