Cafe Scheherazade

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  • Title: Cafe Scheherazade
  • Author: Arnold Zable
  • ISBN: 9781877008092
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Acland Street, St Kilda, there stands a cafe called Scheherazade Thus begins this haunting meditation on displacement and the way the effects of war linger in the minds of its survivors At once fable and history, it takes the reader on a journey which ranges from Kobe to Paris, from Vilna and back to Melbourne.

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    1. There are a lot of a books on the Holocaust. Some are written in the first person, second person, third person, based on personnel experiences, on their parents or from research. All paint the horrors of the Holocaust for what it was - sheer madness and a blight on humanity.But Zable's book is on the Holocaust also covered displacement, survival, resilience, love, friendship and man's invented stupidity of war. His characters are so embracing and while their stories are sad, they are proud to se [...]

    2. Going to University was a very formative experience for me. After two years in college, I moved into a shared house with some of my new (now life-long) friends. Needless to say, these years were ones where looking after myself physically was not high on the agenda. Missed meals, or take-away, became part of my life.Except on Tuesday nights - on Tuesday nights a group of us would travel to St. Kilda from wherever we happened to be living, to have a meal at Cafe Scheherazade in Acland Street. This [...]

    3. Welcome to Café Scheherazade where our narrator, Martin sits in the backroom and listens to the proprietors Avram and Masha, and their regular clientele relive the Jewish Holocaust through their personal stories.Avram, stooped over his cup of coffee or a bowl of Borscht, recalls his days living in the Ghettos set up by the occupying German army, the mass graves and his last haunting image of his family as they disappeared into the smoldering city. Masha and her family trudged through the Siberi [...]

    4. The book was a little disjointed to start with but I'm really pleased I kept reading. It contained some heart wrenching accounts of the experiences of Jewish refugees, their survival through the horrors of war and their journeys to a new life in Melbourne. A couple of passages that resonated with me: "You have a taste for champagne, but a pocket only for beer.But I have enough imagination to make beer taste like champagne. This is the great gift I received. Through losing everything I became fre [...]

    5. As a follow on from reading The Book Thief - so very excellent - "Cafe S" adds more detail from Jewish survivors of the slave labour camps around the lead-up to WW2 and Nazi invasions in Eastern Europe. These people's stories are elicited by a newspaper journalist who meets them each day at a local Melbourne seaside cafe. It is semi-biographical in nature and I am half way through it - it keeps me coming back for more.Finished it - sorry to see it finish really - and now I am back on this websit [...]

    6. Emotionally, I found this book very hard to read as it is stories from Holocaust survivors. Zable has written in the first person from people who have existed in Siberia, Shanghai and other places which were challenging in World War II.From a writing point point of view it is just awesome. I don't have enough words to tell you how good Zable's writing is. He uses words very carefully and it's easy to see exactly what he means.

    7. Oh boy. Beautifully written. Emotional, heart wrenching tales told by the patrons of Cafe Scheherazade of their times during WWII. Moments of devastation but also moments of hope.

    8. sad. futility of war and genocide. wonderful storytelling. arnold zable has the gift of transporting you to a time and place. had the fortune to eat at Scheherazade once with family and think i popped in a couple of times for coffee. sadly it has now closed down. maybe the Monarch is still open for business. upside down plum cake. yum.

    9. Zable weaves a heart warming tale using stories of former refugees who escaped from Nazi's and Soviet's around WWII fleeing across Europe to Japan and then China before making there way to a cafe in St. Kilda, Australia.

    10. I was deeply moved by these stories of Jewish people who gathered in a Melbourne cafe to relate their experiences of persecution and deprivation during and after the Second World War and the Cold War. Arnold Zable is a brilliant story-teller.

    11. I enjoyed this book. It was fun reading about Melbourne, and also about those who have migrated here. An easy book to read - not complex.

    12. Incredibly moving stories, beautifully told by Zable. Impossible to read without mourning the loss of the generation who bore witness, the survivors.

    13. A book that for me was very close to home, and brought to life the similar tragedies that my family faced. A truly heart wrenching piece of story telling - the Jewish way.

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