Book Review: From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw

March 24, 2016

From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw is a novel which follows several people and a mysthical creature, and jumps timelines to boot.

  • 240 pages
  • Publisher: Raincloud Press (February 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1941203078

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My rat­ing for From Ashes Into Light — 4
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From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw is a novel with a strange narrative, reading more as an adult fairytale than Holocaust fiction. The narrative follows three voices, a Jewish child during the Holocaust (Ruth), a Native American during the time of the Spanish conquest (Saqapaya), a sexually abused immigrant from Germany during the 1940s (Friede Mai), all guided and a phoenix bird who watches over them.

The different points of view give the story a much wider view of the world and how little human kind has advanced. The story is very insightful and absorbing, written with spirituality and hope.

The novel is written beautifully, even though the crossover stories are a bit difficult to get used to and a bit annoying. While slow at times, the narrative grows on the reader and we get a glimpse into the author’s mind.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.
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