Hello, I am looking for someone to write an article on Importance Of The Homeplace And Nostalgia For It. It needs to be at least 1500 words. The story is told from the point of view of an adult looking back at what happened in the past. It combines the incomprehension of the child, with the rather sad later knowledge of the adult. The author makes the story come alive by using the first person and the present tense at the start of the story: “It is April 1959, I’m standing at the railing of the Batory’s upper deck, and I feel that my life is ending.” (Hoffman, p. 176). As the story progresses it becomes clear that the journey to Canada is just a beginning, and the start of a whole new life, but what makes the story so moving is the fact that the child cannot imagine what lies in the future. The child clings to memories of her old house, the city of Cracow, and all the familiar sights and sounds of her childhood because that is all she has ever known. The fact that she confuses the concepts of “Canada” and “Sahara” shows that she is ignorant and scared, likely to be very shocked and surprised by what lies ahead. This story is a very remarkable one because it captures a very sad moment in the history of the whole Jewish people, as well as an important transitional phase in the life of a young child. The most memorable feature of the story is the way that it makes the idea of “nostalgia” come alive through the description of tiny details in the girl’s life. Even ordinary things like the sight and sound of tram cars in the city make the child long for home. I was very impressed by the author’s skill in presenting the city with tenderness. The child is very attached to this place and says that she loved the city of Cracow as she “as one loved a person” (Hoffman, p, 176). This made me realize that each person grows up with a well-defined sense of place and that it is natural to think of one’s home as if it were a beloved person, with all its faults and problems as well as all its good qualities.
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