The Kindly Ones, like any substantial work of art, takes risks and causes deep emotional reactions. We anticipated a wide array of reviews on both ends of the spectrum.
The New York Times reviewer, Michiko Kakutani, wrote a highly critical review of the book, here. Kakutani says: “The novel’s gushing fans…seem to have mistaken perversity for daring, pretension for ambition, an odious stunt for contrarian cleverness.”
A much different take on the book was posted by Michael Korda on The Daily Beast. “A brilliant Holocaust novel…A world-class masterpiece of astonishing brutality, originality, and force…I read it without pausing for breath, so powerful and terrifying was its portrayal of Nazi Germany, and of the Holocaust.”
And, as seen in the previous post on this blog, there are several positive reviews from the UK as well.
This book will arouse great passion, and we hope that you will take a look and pick up a copy to decide for yourself. And once you have read it, come back to this blog and join the debate.