4 months ago
best book ever. you develop a close relationship with the characters from the very beginning which helps the reader become enveloped in the story. its so beautifully wrote, every chapter just flow perfectly to the next which alludes to the didactic message/purpose of the book; those who abuse power will be punished. it also explores the underlying nature of love and its ability to guide people through tough times, in Lale’s case auschwitz, as a reader you can’t help but feel inspired by their motivation and determination to survive. i’m going to read it again but i cried so much last time.
Rickie Retchin Straarup
11 months ago
The true story of a man, a jew, who is given the job of tattooing the prisoners in order to save his own life. He helps other prisoners which balances his guilt for what he is doing. In the midst of the brutality he finds love. His strong will for survival brings him and his love through the terror they must live with everyday. I enjoyed the book although I agree with Morten that the writing was not the best and the end came and went very quickly.
Morten Veith Schroeder
1 year ago
I’m a little torn about this one! It’s an amazing story and the fact that this really happened just continued to blow my mind for every page I read. It’s incomprehensible that this type of cruelty existed and unfortunately still does.
On the other hand, it is the sole fact that it’s a true story that drew me in. I didn’t actually find the writing particularly great and especially some of the romantic scenes too much (maybe just me). So with that in mind I felt the book could have been better. I especially felt it lacked historical input. I would have preferred if the author had spent more time researching not just his story but also intertwined historical facts about the camp, about Germany, etc. Finally, the end felt very rushed!
Maybe I’m being a bit harsh. It is a fantastic book but had expected more!
1 year ago
Devastating and mesmerising book everyone should read, depicting the daily life in Auschwitz. Couldn’t put it down and read in less than a week, and left with a far deeper appreciation for the life we live now
One of my top 3 favourite books of all time. Surprisingly hopeful and heartwarming for such a serious area of history. Was really eye opening to read such a personal true story from within a concentration camp when we usually concentrate on the horrors of its scale, not one specific individual.
Markus Marañon Straarup
1 year ago
An important book, with an unexpected love story. It is absolutely wonderfully written, emotional, and gripping until the end. It starts out stark and cold, but as you develop a relationship with the characters you become very invested.
Sad, heartwarming, and gripping, all in one book.
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Brilliant book, couldn’t put it down!