"Spinelli's choice of narrator is a masterstroke. Because Misha has no sense of anything except his own immediate needs and desires, he has no urge to explain the bizarre and fundamentally irrational events that befall him. He simply reports graphically, almost clinically, on the slow devastation of the Jews of Warsaw and on the changes in his own relationships, to friends and the world, brought about by the experiences. His own psychological growth is almost lost on the reader until a coda, that still makes no attempt to explain, finally finds him at peace. Stunning."Spinelli, Jerry is the author of 'Milkweed', published 2003 under ISBN 9780375813740 and ISBN 0375813748.