Sunday, May 29, 2011

Comedy in a Minor Key

Refuge. Even the busiest reader who has no time for a novel can spend a few minutes reading a finely written novel by Hans Keilson titled, Comedy in a Minor Key. This closely written short novel was first published in 1947, and the first English translation came out last year. Set in Holland during World War II, Keilson tells of a young couple who hid a Jewish perfume salesman in their house to avoid Nazi persecution. His refuge becomes their new life, and turns ironic when he dies, and they realize they have become vulnerable themselves. Much of life can be absurd, and Keilson captures the nuances with precision in this finely written novel, as timely now as it was sixty years ago.

Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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