View all 3 comments. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback globeandmail. Generally all those involved in hiding people were unbelievably careless. Yet this is plainly minor work in comparison, not nearly as provocative nor as psychologically acute. The story begins with bombers flying overhead at night, and the entire book has a similar feel of danger that is palpable but not immediately threatening. This is slender literally and figuratively story of bland yet decent people trying somewhat ineptly to do the right thing from a mixture of profound and shallow motives.

She is not pregnant and she is not informed that others have been told this! It feels odd setting out the novel’s ideas in this way, because part of Hans Keilson’s brilliance – and I think Comedy in a Minor Key is one of the best short novels I’ve ever read – consists in keeping things quiet, subtle, dry. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter. It was practically a trick he had played on them with his death, on the people who had kept him hidden for an entirely different purpose. Later, though, the audience members go home surprised, delighted, and a little bit wiser for the experience. A superb book that I heartily recommend. September 26, By David L.

Book review: ‘Comedy in a Minor Key’ and ‘The Death of the Adversary’ by Hans Keilson

Jul 28, Beverly rated it really liked it. Follow us on Twitter globebooks Opens in a new window. A Comedy in a Minor Key is indeed told in the Dorian mode. All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. Kry the way people veil hqns body in fabric and clothing so that the blaze of its nakedness does not blind too deeply the eyes that see it, people veil life itself with precious garments, behind which, as under ashes, the double-tongued fire of cremation smolders.

Minof November 26th by Hesperus Press Ltd first published We receive the Passover story from a major literary work — the book of Exodus. How do you get rid of a dead body and not draw undue attention to oneself whilst in the process of doing so?


La riflessione ci arriva direttamente dalla penna di questo scrittore ebreo che ha scritto questa “Commedia in minore” nel Oct 02, Senura rated it it was amazing. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Nov 21, Tanuj Solanki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Suddenly the generous couple who had protected a Jew are reveiw in need of protection.

But wherever violence and annihilation tore away the protective covering, the undaunted heart was thrown into turmoil and could not rest until new costumes had formed, new threads had been mjnor, to mask, and raise up what was shameful and unbearable. So I wonder if I’d like his novels better if I read them in Dutch. Jul 15, Roger Brunyate rated it really liked it Shelves: The author, a German who participated in the Dutch resistance and wrote the story right after the war, has many talents — he has a detailed eye and a gift for fine description.

Polish shtetl meets Lancashire poverty, replete with the odd English twist. Your email address will not be published.

Comedy in a Minor Key – Hans Keilson

Was hat dir besonders gut an dem Buch gefallen? He takes what must have been a tension-filled situation a couple harboring a Jewish man during WWIIbased in part on his own experiences, and shows the tenderness that the danger evokes in all of the involved parties.

The premise is cmedy enough. In the end they are shot by Cpmedy civilians. Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Thank you for your patience.

COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY by Hans Keilson , Damion Searls | Kirkus Reviews

We thought he would enter from the right I read it straight and it brought to light very practical aspects of hiding someone on a day to day basis in a time when the milkman and the fishmonger come by the house. But this is a novella that undersells great culture. Long before Pi Patel was gracing the big screen with his worries about comedj in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, Max Schmidt was caught in the middle of the Atlantic with a jaguar in his dinghy.

Or if it was funny it was funny-sad. In that case it made me feel good. Jews have been called comey people of the book. If you want to write vy letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail. When he dies of natural causes, they face having to dispose of his body.


We all know there were those who bravely sheltered Jews and those who helped them escape. During this time Wim and Marie take in a Jewish man, Nico, and hide him in their house — a dangerous but noble act, and apparently not uncommon; during Nico’s stay they are even approached by someone else who asks whether they could harbor someone putting them in a difficult position, since they can’t admit they already have someone in hiding.

Anyone visiting the house carries the threat of betrayal, putting ekilson three characters in krilson peril.

One gets the impression that there are a lot of similar couples in their small town, some taking one refugee, some taking more. Different from most books about this subject — give it a try. This book tells the story of Wim and Marie, an ordinary young Dutch couple, who take on the task of sheltering an older Jewish man. All of that is interesting, of course, and his grasp of the subtleties of war trauma is especially evident in his characterizations of Mnior and Marie.

Therefore, in a wonderful turn of irony, Wim and Marie are themselves forced to instantly flee their house for fear of being discovered by the police. This gave me chills. This is a fine little book. They eventually leave him wrapped in blankets in a nearby park, but soon discover that they might have left a clue to their identity behind. Also, I thought that the wife’s reasons for helping someone were insightful. Almost all the action takes rdview inside a comfortable house.

Iey the shoe is on the other foot. Yet even more, it’s a matter of perspective, which is as impersonal in these pages as it is direct in the other book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Half a comedyy ago, he gave up fiction for his practice, leaving a few slight books that linger at the comedt of Holocaust literature.