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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Series: The Tattooist of Auschwitz #1
Author: Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Fiction WW2
Pages: 265
Haper
September 4, 2018
Rating:3.5
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

My thoughts
Would I recommend it?yes
Will I go on with the series? yes because I have the second book already to read thanks to Netgalley
Will I read more of this author? maybe
This one was kind of hard to get into and not because of the type book  it is, because I tend to read a lot of nonfiction and some of those have been about WW2 and the Holocaust, and this year I've read two other historical fiction books based on WW2 and was able to get lost in the stories , with this one it was the style of the author because it felt like even though she knew the people that this story is based on it felt like she was distconted from it and them, when you read a book about the Holocaust,  and the people who lived and died , no matter if its a nonfiction or a historical fiction you want to see the characters and their lives come to life before your very eyes , you want to feel what they felt , saw  and heard , you want to feel like your there with them , and this story at first didn't do that , it felt like the author was writing a movie script with the way the story lines change in the matter of a sentence, and the dialogue often seemed only what could be stage directions and that's all in the first few chapters but then the more you read it starts to change as well as the flow of the story , its like a hole new story  comes  to life, the characters finally start to come to life before  your eyes, and you start to feel their emotions as well as experiencing  their struggles .  And even though doing the first half of the book I had trouble with it , its still a very good book to read , you just have to keep reading and not get discourage with how it starts out .

21 comments:

  1. Great review. I loved this as well as Cilka’s Journey, despite the heavy content. I think the author did a great job.

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    1. thanks Robin, i did like the story it just took me a while to get into the story because it kind of felt like the author was writing it for a movie instead of a book ,but over all it was good once i got post that

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  2. Great review. I didn't love this one as much as I thought I would. I thought there was a lot of potential, but didn't have a great execution.

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    1. thanks and it took me a while to get into it and I agree with you , to me it felt like she was written a movie not a story

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  3. Great review! The book sounds interesting!

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  4. I feel like this book would utterly break my heart, even if the execution left some to be desired.

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    1. it did break mine once I got post the first 50% of it because that's when her characters seem to finally come to life as people and not movie characters

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  5. I've seen this book everywhere. I'm not sure I could read it right now but it sounds interesting.

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    1. I can understand its not for everyone ,but I'm still glade its on your radar

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  6. Not for me. Sorry to hear it did not go as well as you hoped.

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  7. Great Review. I heard so many mix reviews about this one

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    1. thank you so ,much, i can understand why some would like it and others not so much, i would say at least give it a try , get it from your library and see what you think of it

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  8. I keep meaning to read this - everyone who has mentioned it to me has loved it

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    1. I can understand why they loved it , its a story that needs to be read , and you have to give it a try and see for yourself

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  9. I have seen this book a few times already and I think added it to my TBR .. I know I will get to this sometime even if it will leave me not in the best place

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  10. Great review, I'm glad that you enjoyed the second half enough to want to read the sequel. It's not a book I've read and whilst I do read historical fiction it isn't my 'go-to genre' and I rarely read it. So not sure this would be a book for me.

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  11. Great review, this book looks and sounds like an emotional and amazing book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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