The plot, the characters, the intimate detail make this one of the masterpieces of literature. Contains some amazing statements:
"What about your cheerfulness? You didn't acquire that in the camps, did you?" "Why not? I'm cheerful because I'm used to losing everything."
"Do you remember that nurse ....?" he continued. "She used to say. 'Oh dear, why am I being so rude to the patients? It's time I went in as a patient again ....'"
"One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct people towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to."
This is just a selection of the magnificent truths in this great book!