"A Train in Winter" is a biography of French women, many of them part of the Resistance Movement,who were sent to Nazi death camps during the German occupation of France during WWII. The desire to tell the world of the brutality endured there was, in large part, the reason that they fought to survive. By no means uplifting, but by all means enlightening and challenging. More poignant to me after recently visiting The National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
Wit-4. Simple staging, intelligent script, opportunity for older cast. Balances the permanence and complexity/simplicity of writing with life/death. I loved the parallels between types of personality and writing style. At the end of life, Vivian doesn't crave a complex puzzle, but comfort and kindness from other people. Edson herself also seems very interesting and relatable.
It can be kind of depressing because there is so much death in it. But it is very good book and once you get into it you do not want to put it down. I will probably read more of Charles Dickens because of this book.
Poster of Nazis burning books, w/ quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt on a large book in the background: "Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons." Poster produced by the United States Office of War Information (OWI) for distribution to libraries and book…