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2.99916943521595 out of 52.99916943521595 out of 52.99916943521595 out of 52.99916943521595 out of 52.99916943521595 out of 5 3.00 (1,204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Ozick Narrator: Yelena Shmulenson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781598877120
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Two tales focus on the Holocaust and its aftermath. In The Shawl, Rosa witnesses the murder of her baby in a concentration camp. Thirty years later, in Rosa, she struggles with her emotional devastation. In both stories, there is a shawl <#150> a shawl t Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/26/2017

    " Cynthia Ozick’s, The Shawl, is a work in the short story genre. I personally did not connect with the story, even though I understand its power. The author’s language is vivid, colorful, sharp, and emotive. I actually once heard the author speak and read some of her work – She was really remarkable. The present audio-reader has some kind of accent which I did not find appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 2/19/2014

    " this is the first work of ozick's that i've read and i was impressed with her knack for character. i wish it wouldn't have ended so soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Jellinek | 2/13/2014

    " An extraordinary little book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable evil. Writing like this is the reason that I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 2/11/2014

    " The two short stories in this book complement each other nicely and, told in prose filled to the brim with emotion, are a moving testament to the destructive power of the Holocaust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikki | 2/4/2014

    " This book, within the first ten pages, manages to accomplish what other authors often fail to achieve in three to four hundred. Cynthia Ozick captures the reader immediately with her intimate tone as she lovingly speaks of the infant -- swaddled in a shawl -- that she carries while walking with a companion down a seemingly endless road. A road leading to a concentration camp. The book refrains from going into detail of the Holocaust, its Soldiers and descriptions of horrid treatment endured by millions and instead, focuses on this small band of three as they make their way. It is a story of a mother's love and decisions made. It is a haunting story which will remain with you long after you've closed its pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Okla Elliott | 2/3/2014

    " One of the most ethically complex, psychologically accurate, and beautifully written books about the Holocaust and its lasting effects on a survivor ever written. I can't recommend this one highly enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/2/2014

    " This book includes The Shawl (a short story) and Rosa (a novella). The Shawl was a wrenching story, and as such I had a hard time listening to it. Rosa was much more interesting, but it had a fairly abrupt ending that seemed to leave the reader hanging, although it is perfectly set up for a continuation of the story at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julian Dean | 1/26/2014

    " Powerful and painful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 1/18/2014

    " i know there's a big scandal around writing Holocaust fiction, but this book, while a quick read, still maintained integrety while painting a real enough picture to make you forget this wasn't, in fact, reality. it's also not written to shock and awe... just to tell a story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ris | 1/12/2014

    " I get too caught up in the poetry of Ozick and I lose the story. She reads more like a poetry, which is probably why I liked the short story a lot more than the novella. I had to struggle to stay in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 12/15/2013

    " I had never read the second part of this story. It's haunting, uncomfortable, an imagined document of hell and its aftermath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aby Pacheco | 12/8/2013

    " Oh good lord, fabulous. Perfect. Wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Gimelli | 10/16/2013

    " Shocking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda | 9/19/2013

    " Haunting and beautiful holocaust short story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria Manitta | 7/21/2013

    " Another book about a difficult subject but very well written, not a wonderful book but worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ladykaren | 3/26/2013

    " This was actually two short stories. The Shawl was brutally short. Rosa was a bit longer and I admit to wanting a less ambiguous ending. But overall, I highly recommend both. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seraphic | 3/25/2013

    " Very well-written, but tough due to the subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/27/2013

    " I read this in my Literature of the Holocaust class, so be warned. It is short - barely more than 100 pages - but gripping and full of raw (and badly healing) emotion. A story of mother love in the worst of times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginna | 1/1/2013

    " It was a difficult book to read. The first story was so sad. In the second story the main character, Rosa, was in such a troubled mental state it was hard to understand her and some of her actions. I do enjoy reading WWII based books and am glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 10/4/2012

    " A short story about the Holocaust and a novella about the aftermath. I'm wondering how this got on my TBR list because it is amazing in its pain and beauty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/23/2012

    " Powerful short story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerianna | 4/3/2012

    " Excellent writing, but I'm sorry, I don't like books like this. I want to see how the character has acted nobly, or grown, etc... "

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About the Author
Author Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous acclaimed works. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes.

About the Narrator

Yelena Shmulenson, an actress and audiobook narrator, is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. She emigrated to the United States with her family in 1993 from Ukraine. Her theater credits include five seasons with the Folksbiene, two seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, Enemies: A Love Story in Russian, and The Essence: A Yiddish Theater Dim Sum. On film, she can be seen in The Good Shepherd, Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish, Fire at the Triangle, and A Serious Man.