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    A haunting tale

    I read a lot of historical fiction especially based around WWII, but I have to say that this was one of the hardest books I've ever read. Not in terms of word-level, but in terms of the graphic first-person POVs that the story contains. I read the first couple of chapters and honestly didn't want to read any more because it was so painful and horrifying to read even as a bystander in the future. I made myself go back to it because the simple act of reading it was not even 1% of the pain that these humans went through during the Holocaust. At alternate times, I wanted to throw up, turn away, and cry. The writing seemed a bit abrasive at times, but it fits the mood of the book when you have no food and your brain can't function, just one step at a time. This book really rocked me even to the end when it talks about the continued effects of the Holocaust for the rest of these survivors' lives.
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    The tale of the suffering of two Jewish brothers

    This Holocaust story is heartbreaking. It is brutal at times and hard to read. The emotions are extreme and realistic. It was a terrible time in history and the atrocities against the Jewish people are unforgivable. Hitler caused so much pain and suffering for so many. These brothers went through so much, I am glad they found each other again. It was sad to see how the non Jewish treated them and that someone took their home. Not only was the pain and suffering inflicted at the time in Auschwitz, and the other camps, but it is a hurt that they will forever carry with them and they will never forget, nor should we thus it be repeated in history. It was written in a prose like writing which was a bit hard to follow, but it was a good story and it needed to be told. Thanks to the Malka Adler, Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter publishing, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy.
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    Wow worth reading!

    Wow! I almost gave up on this one because of the writing style very early on in the book. I am glad I didn’t because this was hands down the most in-depth account of what was endured both mentally and physically during the Holocaust that I have read so far. Reading that they weren’t only starving but that their bodies would turn on them when they ate fatty foods or a smidge meat that they were not used to eating anymore. How the things that happened in those camps affected the way they lived after the Liberation and many many years later. Places they just couldn’t go, things they couldn’t handle seeing because of the reminders of those terrible camps. Definitely a must read and a solid 4 ⭐️ from me. Thanks to Net Galley and Harper Collins UK for the advanced copy!
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    Couldn't be a better title.

    I enjoyed reading this story and they way it was told in their own way. I could imagine the fear and hopelessness they must have felt. I just hope and pray nothing like this ever happens again. This book should be read by younger people, although some of it is pretty gruesome and I could hardly believe some of it that I was reading. What they endured was incomprehensible.
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    Did not finish

    I decided to stop reading this book at 21% through. The writing style as told in first person from each individual was frustrating to follow. There were no quotations and even though I imagine it’s told as quoted, the sentences were often long and confusing. Each chapter alternates between the two brothers and for some reason I couldn’t keep track of who was Dov and who was Yitzak, mainly who was where and what had happened to them. I’ve read many fiction and non-fiction stories of WWII and the Holocaust, and was expecting something similar to Elie Wiesel’s Night, or Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning and was disappointed.
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