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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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BaconAndAvocado Fri 31-Aug-18 20:31:27

Anyone read this?

Is it any good?

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WheresTheEvidence Fri 31-Aug-18 20:34:54

Ive read it. Its very good but you cant get over how amazing this true life tale is

ItchySeveredFoot Fri 31-Aug-18 20:37:08

I finished this last week. I really enjoyed it (probably wrong choice of words but you know what I mean). It's an amazing story.

Queenofthebrae Fri 31-Aug-18 20:39:16

A truly amazing read. I was gripped by it, and found it quite upsetting in places.

JBFletcherismyaunt Fri 31-Aug-18 20:40:43

It's a fantastic book. One of the best I've read, but make sure you have some Kleenex handy.

Bumbl Fri 31-Aug-18 20:41:11

Yes, I really enjoyed this (agree though that enjoyed doesn’t seem the best wording)

Fanta4 Fri 31-Aug-18 20:52:41

Very important book. The guilt he felt about finding himself part of the enforcement team to save himself is profound and utterly heartbreaking.

CuntyBumpkin Fri 31-Aug-18 20:56:03

I read it last week and I couldn't put it down. I've been thinking about it ever since.

Does anybody have any other reccomendations along the same vein?

ISeeTheLight Fri 31-Aug-18 20:58:24

Yes it's a fantastic book. Must read. Agreed with PP, his guilt really comes across and is heartbreaking. The bit with the gypsies... God.
This should be must read material for GCSEs.

Fanta4 Fri 31-Aug-18 20:58:31

The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Fanta4 Fri 31-Aug-18 21:00:17

That was to CuntyBump

Namechanger2015 Fri 31-Aug-18 21:09:07

Amazing book, I’m sure it will be made into a film as well. It’s compelling to read, more so for being a true story.

cookiesaurus Fri 31-Aug-18 21:22:28

I really enjoyed reading this book as it provided such a human insight into the horror of the holocaust.

I second the Pianist.

Both very important contributions to the telling of recent history.

BaconAndAvocado Fri 31-Aug-18 21:25:20

Wow, sounds great!

Another great book maybe along similar lines is All the Light They Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Beautiful yet gut wrenching read.

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pontiouspilates Fri 31-Aug-18 21:30:22

I listened to this as an audiobook on long runs. Several times I had to stop running and try to absorb what I'd just heard. Not an easy read/listen, but highly recommended. It's one if those that you continue to think about after it's finished.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Fri 31-Aug-18 21:33:51

I listened to it too, the Audible version is great. Deeply moving.

CuntyBumpkin Fri 31-Aug-18 22:03:28

Thank you Fanta and Bacon, I'll have a look at those.

I completely agree about it being GCSE material. I felt it was one of those books that changes you and your outlook.

Toomuchsplother Fri 31-Aug-18 22:14:53

Oh dear ! I am definitely going against the grain here but I struggled with it.
Don't get me wrong the story is quite inspirational but I found it so poorly written.
In the right hands it could have been amazing.

Troubleandstrifebagforlife Sun 02-Sep-18 10:53:18

Please do read Schindler’s arc if you haven’t already it’s faction and so beautifully written. Another one for the kleenex

HappydaysArehere Mon 03-Sep-18 08:41:59

It’s been bought for us and waiting on the book shelf. Hoping to summon up the strength to read it.

macnab Thu 06-Sep-18 16:28:31

I completely agree with Toomuchsplother it was a good story, but not well told in my opinion.

HappydaysArehere Fri 21-Sep-18 08:03:55

Has been bought for me and I haven’t had the courage to start it.

1frenchfoodie Thu 27-Sep-18 13:46:54

I am with Toomuchspother and macnab here, I did find it a good story, an enjoyable read, but given the amazing source material it somehow didn’t shine. It was good almost despite the writing.

KisstheTeapot14 Tue 09-Oct-18 12:26:17

The Pianist - a shattering book.

Etty Hillesum - for an account of being a young Jewish woman in occupied Netherlands. True. We don't hear from her once she and her family is transported, but for the period of years in the run up, as the noose tightens it bears witness...So sad all of it.

Etty shines with life and joy. Its a story of her transformation and spiritual growth every bit as much as it is about genocide. Its not preachy though, she's a bit of a rebel, unorthodox in all senses, and has the odd wrestle and more with her therapist. Don't think he was too hot on professional boundaries!

Etihad Tue 09-Oct-18 12:32:38

The Cellist of Sarajevo is also an interesting book, though I think it’s fairly loosely based on 2 real people rather than an a biography.

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