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To ask other readers questions about Weiser Dawidekplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This is a bilingual review – English text is presented below. I, przede wszystkim, czy warto? So where better to begin than at the beginning? Luckily, I’m very happy to say that “Weiser” was a bull’s-eye, and a novel which I’ll read again with pleasure.
What did I most like about the book? First of all, its ambiguity – this is a novel which can and should be read multiple times in multiple ways, each time trying to find answers to the questions it asks.
What is it – a weaving of memories of childhood and adolescence? An unsolvable mystery of the titular character’s disappearance, replete with mysticism and religious symbolism? The three boys are cross-examined by the principal, local attorney and M-ski, the biology teacher, who ask them about the unexplained disappearance of their two fellow students and acquaintances, Elka and the titular Dawid Weiser.
This hearing becomes a point of reference for the now-adult Heller, who continues to be haunted by the past; he tries to reconstruct the whole story from the very beginning by connecting memories from his boyhood and his research as an adult for a yet unwritten book about Weiser.
Heller’s memories begin with the first impression of Weiser – when he emerged from behind the incense smoke at a Corpus Christi procession, as if he was always waiting there for him and his friends. Weiser, a young Jew bullied by other students for not attending religion class at school, soon casts his spell over the three friends and enchants them with his incredible knowledge and seemingly endless skills.
These days are as gone as is M-sk’s old political agitation – the only thing which remains from the old May 1st parades which he forced others to attend are the enormous portrait of Party leaders, now gathering dust in the basement. To understand these days and the riddle that is Dawid Weiser, Heller tries to talk to Szymek, Piotrek and Elka – but their memories don’t match. His old friends and acquaintances remember certain events differently, and some don’t remember at all – they’re reluctant to talk about Weiser, speaking with a lack of interest, neither understanding nor sharing Heller’s obsession with him – as if trying to put that time behind them, not wanting to return to it.
Were the tricks and whole mystical character of Weiser effects of a child’s exaggerating imagination? Or did adulthood strip them from a child’s sensitivity for the mysterious and magical? How could then the truth be grasped – and is it even possible? And even more so, is it worth it?
Is it worth to spend your life trying to return to the past when the present is passing by, unnoticed? Still, I believe that “Weiser” stands perfectly on its own and is one of the best novels of post-war Polish literature, and not only from the period of transformation – a novel full of allusions, allegories and implications, but also charm and magic which is so missing in many other books.
View all 27 comments. It was uneasy to get into the mood of this book, but then I have to dawidwk how Pawel Huelle xawidek like no other novelist I read so far.
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Sometimes I appreciate his style sometimes not the metatextual references to readers, chosen terms and hypothetic editor are out of placebut as a matter of fact the novelist is able to create an interesting and unconventional story out the mysterious events of a distant summer. The character of Dawid Weiser is one of the most enygmatic I ever found in literature.
Huelle doesn’t tell us that much about him, creating a feeling of constant expectation about Weiser all through the book. Besides this book is about childhood and the process of recollecting its faded memories: Still don’t know who David Weiser is.
In the past year or so I have come to appreciate polish authors more and more. Mostly in the crime genre. So it was while looking for a new book to devour I came across this book. While not my usual fair I became intrigued by the premise. Our narrator now later on in his life recalling back to events of his childhood.
What happen to the mysterious boy known as David Wieser. We are told this extraordinary tale from In the past year or so I have come to appreciate polish authors more and more. We are told this extraordinary tale from the view point of our narrator.
This is given to us in the form of an interrogation he is giving cut between flash back as he recalls what took place. For the most part the story revolves around a group of friends who encounter the young Weiser and then get led on a serious of ever growing adventures. David is the ever outsider not really fitting in the world he inhabits.
For a start being a Jewish child in ‘s Poland must still have been hard life. With echo’s of the past ever present. We are delivered in to a strange place This is a boy who seems on the out side to be leading these boys away from the traditional values of there community. Does that make him a bad person. There are many suggestions as to who or what David is, from prophet to demon or simply just a wayward boy out to make his own fun. Personally I think he serves to show the friends that there is more to their life’s than they think.
Can we truly trust Pawel’s tale from his childhood. His distrust of his interrogators means that may be he isn’t telling them and in turn us every thing that occurred.
The author gives us an intriguing premise. A story about memories and a bond of friendship. His style flows through the pages well drawing us in to the story. He paints hudlle picture of an endless summer spent on miss adventures and mysteries. While the book never truly answers the question of who was David Weiser for me this was not a problem.
I think it kind of is left up to the reader to decide for dawidfk selves what really happened. We are also never really given an explanation as what all the training and adventures Weiser leads the friends on is entirely for. While he does tell them an elaborate plot about revolutions and the future to come you have to wonder if he ever believed it him self.
But intern does it really matter this is a book that’s more about the journey than actually giving you answers. While I can not confess to having been alive or for that matter ever having lived in Poland I would imagine that in the time period the book is set it was a difficult time when many huflle where in a state of changing flux. This the author presents to us through the strange tale maybe in the form of the metaphors of events. I’m still not entirely sure.
While by the end of the book I felt slightly confused I know I’m better for having taken the journey.
This is book full of strange turns leading us to end just as weird. Over all I enjoyed it and at pages it doesn’t tale long to complete. In some ways it’s a story of misspent youth as much as it’s a mystery story.
Much like out narrator who is haunted by his strange friend I think this character will stay with me for quite some time.
At times I found myself questioning where it was all leading. And while you ended up with more questions than you start with it a book worthy of spending time with.
Set in the late s in Gdansk Polandthis is a classic coming of age story. David Weiser is a mysterious Jewish outcast in a Catholic town. His sole defender is a girl named Elka, and over time, three other boys become fascinated by this seemingly worldly classmate. The book is narrated by one of the three, while they are being interrogated following the disappearance of Weiser and Elka, who are presumed to have died in a huge explosion detonated by Weiser.
The consta Recommended by Maciek. The constant time shifting in narration was a challenge, and the fact that the parents of these boys left them alone and at the mercy of school officials and investigators was hard to believe, even given the time period.
This book absorbs all your attention and mind. I still don’t know who Dawid Weiser was? But he influenced very strongly lives of people he was playing with back in late s. Great, gripping and thrilling.
Romanzo poliziesco se vogliamo. Thriller intriso di suspence. The story is told by a boy who, together with his friends Piotr and Szymek, had a good deal to do with Weiser before he disappeared.
Since Weiser had been causing a series of explosions just before his disappearance, the authorities want to establish exactly what had happened to him. For example, did he blow himself up and, if so, why were no body parts to be found?
They int The story is told by a boy who, together with his friends Piotr and Szymek, had a good deal to do with Weiser before he disappeared. They interrogate the boys several times, looking for discrepancies in their stories which might lead them to the truth.
Unfortunately for them, there are two problems. The book is structured as a series of excerpts from the interrogation intercut with much longer flashbacks and forward references.