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The Address

Book Review   by:ritwik     Original Author: Marga Minco
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The summary of The Address

The story is a touching account of a girl who goes in search of her mother's belongings after the war, in Holland. But, most significantly, even on finding what she so much longed to see, touch , feel and remember, she leaves them all behind, only to move on and live a bleak life sans all former attachments, with only the memories of the former times to haunt her in the post-war days.

The story categorically lays bare the epiphany of wars and their aftermath painstakingly. The daughter, the protagonist of the tale, is torn between two worlds: the one which was her own world with her mother and all kith and kin of her pre-war life and the one that is strange, unfamiliar and devoid of all sorts of physical attachments with her former world, a tragic existence she came to terms with after the war. Significantly, though the war has left her alone in every sense and respect, yet she accepts the stark realities of her post-war life and resolves not to escape from them. She could have committed suicide after losing her loved ones in the war. But she determines to live her life though it is hard for her to forget everything of her past life. Therefore, she decides to forget-the easiest thing-the address of a non-Jewish neighbour's house, where her family's belongings were stored. She collects nothing from that address and instead resolves to forget it. She knows there is nothing that the address can return to her. It can return neither her loved ones nor the peace of her mind nor the former state of well being.

The address that held so much importance to her lost all value as she realised that it could give her nothing but pain. Therefore the address was no longer useful to her.

The story starts with an illusion of a girl about the seeming normalcy returning to her country after the war. But soon she is disillusioned on visiting Mrs. Dorling's house. In fact, behind the facade of so called normalcy the grim realities of the post-war situations were looming large.
Published: July 08, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    why author mago minco wrote the address? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    because she dont have anothe duty. Monday, February 10, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    The Address Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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  1. Answer  :    No Wednesday, September 04, 2013
  1. Answer  :    At the end the girl decides not to take or even claimed those objects in the house as hers because she felt that she should stop clinging on to the past and rather move on .She felt that the objects would only remind her of the pain and sorrow she wanted to leave behind. Thursday, August 15, 2013
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  1. 7. abcd

    english

    it only tells the moral values but not the exact summary of ch.

    0 Rating Thursday, July 04, 2013
  2. 6. Ayushi

    summary

    no thanks for your guidance

    2 Rating Wednesday, October 10, 2012
  3. 5. Mebin Mathew Paul

    Summary

    A anomalous and refined summary of the story. Thanks a lot!

    1 Rating Tuesday, July 24, 2012
  4. 4. Ajmal Sabu

    Summary

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    1 Rating Friday, September 02, 2011
  5. 3. Ajmal Sabu

    Summary

    This summary helped me a lot in understandin the concept of the story. iam thankful to shvoong for their well collections.

    1 Rating Thursday, August 11, 2011
  6. 2. smriti tiwari

    english

    thanx 4 ur guidance

    1 Rating Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  7. 1. Annu Kaushik

    THE ADRESS

    This summary helped me in clearing my concept about this story and now I'm prepared for my english class.The Adress is a short story but gives a big message and at the same time is very touching.

    5 Rating Tuesday, July 05, 2011
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