The Lucky One

Rated 3.33/5 based on 3 reviews
A Prize Winning Short Story.

An elderly woman is haunted by memories of her escape from the holocaust.

But how reliable are painful memories that have been kept at bay for over sixty years?

And at her time of life, what exactly is she searching for?
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Review by: Britt Oosterlee on July 5, 2013 :
Short story about second world war survivor; listed as prize winning, but I wasn't blown away by it.
Though the story in itself isn't bad, it's well written and has a good flow, I just found the story rather confusing. To me, it never really became clear what happened; was she abused? did the guard just let her go? The latter option seems highy unlikely, since he would have gotten in trouble for that, but it is what seems to have happened.
I also found it confusing that the story seems to describe gass chambers in the fragments from the woman's memory. The camp the woman visits is Bergen-Belsen, which was a holding camp, not a destruction camp, and it didn't have any gass chambers. So, if she was held in Bergen-Belsen, she can't have this memory. There are also other points in the story which just don't seem to match with historical fact.
It just feels a lot like the author wanted to write about the second world war, put in the common horror stories about death camps and never bothered to check his facts, which, personally, I find rather annoying, and for me makes the story rather odd, since the woman's memories just don't make sense.
Also, Hamburg looks nothing like New York.
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Review by: Delphine Cull on July 23, 2012 :
This is an engaging story on many levels. The conflict is interesting, the character fairly sympathetic. Somehow the story seems incomplete and could benefit from further development. I did enjoy it.
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Review by: Faye Hollidaye on July 22, 2012 :
A five star story, but not perfect. A great story worth reading!
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