“I have recently just read the forward from "The Shawl", and I must say I was very impressed with Cynthia Orzick's poetic and beautiful writing. With a time of the Holocaust and such horrible events, she somehow made them powerful and shine. When first reading the forward I was very confused and didn't know what had happened until the clues that were used, such as; the really skinny girls, black ash and electric fences. By the end of this passage I thought of Stella as very cold and Rosa was so warm-hearted and caring. When Magda ended up dying (so beautifully) I wasn't sure that Rosa would be able to survive without her; I knew that Stella could, because she only cared for herself. When I found out that Stella and Rosa had both survived into their mid-lifes I was extremely shocked. This is what really kept me wanting to read this book. I also enjoyed the metaphoric writing that came along with all of the beautiful imagery given through her words. I am interested in reading more of this book, because it's so interesting and gives everything life.
Although I have only read the forward, "The Shawl" stood out to be one of the most powerful readings that I have been assigned to read. I must admit that I overheard people who had already read it before me talk about their thoughts on how it might be a Holocaust story, so when I began reading it, I definitely had a head start from the beginning. Cynthia Orzick finds a simply beautifully way to show what happened during this horrific time and is able to pull at the heart strings in every way imaginable. It's definitely a beginning that will stay with me whenever I think about this time. Still, I can't help but wonder if the whole book can be just as amazing as the beginning was..? Any feedback?