The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin
Release Date: February 12, 1976
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Rating: 4 Page Turns
The Boys from Brazil was one of our book club picks for October. I had read Rosemary’s Baby in the past and was excited to pick up something else by Ira Levin. It’s a unique concept and certainly not what I expected, making for a interesting story.
The Boys from Brazil centers around Yakov Liebermann and his work of documenting crimes that took place during the Holocaust. After learning of a murderous plot it is up to Liebermann to find the targets and prevent another Holocaust.
Unfortunately this book starts off somewhat slow. I had a hard time getting into the plot but once it picks up, it moves quickly. The overall idea is an intriguing one (no spoilers!) and the events that unfold took me by surprise. The rest of the world has moved on and shows little to no interest in punishing Nazis for what they have done. Liebermann is faced with the task of keeping the Holocaust from (possibly) happening again, which is just as difficult as it sounds.
The Boys from Brazil made me question a lot of things which is always the sign of a well written book (IMHO.) I’ve always felt pretty passionately about WWII & the Holocaust, I was obsessed with Anne Frank for awhile as a kid. All of that to say that this book had many elements which grabbed my attention. Thank goodness for book clubs or I might never have read this one!
Recommended for those who…
Enjoy historical fiction
Have an interest in the Holocaust/WWII
Enjoyed Rosemary’s Baby
“Philosophers have warned us: if we forget the past, we are doomed to repeat it.”
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