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The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel Hardcover – September 4, 2018
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“Like the Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel’s Night, Morris’ work takes us inside the day-to-day workings of the most notorious German death camp. Over the course of three years, Morris interviewed Lale, teasing out his memories and weaving them into her heart-rending narrative of a Jew whose unlikely forced occupation as a tattooist put him in a position to act with kindness and humanity in a place where both were nearly extinct.” -- BookPage
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the story of hope and survival against incredible odds and the power of love.” -- Popsugar
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document.. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.” -- Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project
“What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war.” -- International bestseller Jill Mansell
“As many interviews as I did with Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation and as many devastating testimonies as I heard, I could not stop reading THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ—an extraordinary story of love so fierce it sustained people enduring the unimaginable. Read it, share it, remember it.” -- Jenna Blum, NYT and international bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family
“To many, this book will be most appreciated for its powerful evocation of the everyday horrors of life as a prisoner in a concentration camp, while others will be heartened by the novel’s message of how true love can transcend even the most hellishly inhuman environments. This is a perfect novel for book clubs and readers of historical fiction.” -- Publishers Weekly
“..this is a powerful, gut-wrenching tale that is hard to shake off.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Although one might suspect that there’s far more to his past than is revealed here, much of Lale’s story’s complexity makes it onto the page. And even though it’s clear that Lale will survive, Morris imbues the novel with remarkable suspense.”
- Publisher : Harper; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006287067X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062870674
- Lexile measure : HL760L
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.97 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read so many stories of this time, some good and some not so, some acclaimed and some relatively unknown. The Tattooist of Aushwitz is by far the best. Heather’s ability to make written words come to life is a true gift. This is one of those books that I will carry in my soul forever.
I was surprised to see so many positive reviews! A few others have been able to concisely pinpoint the problem with the writing - mainly the book is a narrative shell that primarily glosses over the struggle of surviving such dire circumstances to focus on a love plot with little dimension. Elementary prose and cheesy one-liners dominate this novel.
At the very least, I appreciate the attempt to bring light to such a unique, real-life love story....
There are times you read books for entertainment and times you read for knowledge. This may be a bit of both because it involves a love story too - Lale and Gita. But oh, the horror of their situation.
Going with my usual format...
Is it worth the cost? $7.99 - yes, absolutetly.
Is it a page turner?
Yes, it is. Ordinarily, I would argue that this kind of book does not need to be a page turner because that's not the point... but it is.
Did I think about this book when I was not reading this book?
Not at first, I was able to put it down for a week and go on with my trip. But as I got further involved, I found myself thinking about Lale's story more and more and wanted to get back to the book.
Will I think about this book once I am finished?
Lale's story stays with you. As mentioned above, I actually visited Auschwitz while reading this book. On display are many photos of prisoners arriving, prisoners on their way to be gassed, murdered prisoners, starving prisoners. Frankly I could not look - it was too hard to put a face to such horrors. For me, this book gave a name to the millions of people who perished at Auschwitz and who lived too.
The book is written like a bad teenage romance. I could live with that. What I found offensive was the description of life at Auschwitz. Sounded more like freshmen year at college--not a death camp. Meeting girls, making great friends-- I'm surprised the author didn't throw in a few dances and keg parties. Holocaust denial is real--and a book like this just serves to feed that narrative. The positive reviews of this book are mind boggling to me. Anything that normalizes the holocaust is highly offensive. Don't read it.
The abhorrent disgrace and disgust of the holocaust cries out “lest we never forget”, which our retribution portrays in these stories being retold and remembered from generation to generation. The Jews will proudly survive and our voices will be heard in unity.
My husband and I have walked through Auschwitz and Birkenau - a chilling icy tour of a deathly historical event in history which is incomprehensible albeit remembered.
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This is not a downbeat tale. The strength of the human spirit shines through on every page. It was hard to put down, I had to keep reading. And in the last pages there are amazing surprises.
A wonderful book about a truly remarkable character. I cannot recommend this more highly.