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    Considering "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" is a harrowing true story, it was truly compelling and utterly unputdownable. It's without a doubt one of only a few books that will stay with me a very long time, it's that unforgettable and one that keeps you thinking about the story well after you've put it down. Lale Sokolov is a well dressed, charming ladies' man - however he is also a Jew. On arrival at Auschwitz in 1942 he immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners who save his life when he takes ill. In the camp he is put to work in the privileged position of the 'Tatowierer' - the tattooist - to mark his fellow prisoners as they arrive in camp. One of them is a girl called Gita who captures his heart immediately. Given a reason to survive Lale uses his position for the greater good even through struggles and extreme suffering, with the hope of one day being with Gita forever, outside of the camp. Although upsetting, saddening and at times quite unimaginable, there is such a beautiful love story at the heart of the tale that you can't help smiling at. I immediately took to all the real life characters, they were excellently portrayed whether good or bad and could imagine the whole true scenario with such clarity. The author Heather Morris took several years to write Lale's story in her book with the input of the main protagonist himself and even becoming a very good friend with him. She has ultimately written a story Lale would be very proud of and which tells of his and Gita's tale of wanting to be together through one of the worst and sickening periods of our history with the utmost care and consideration. Compassionately written with sensitivity, its emotive, thought provoking, awe inspiring and certainly puts your own everyday problems into perspective. This book wasn't as brutal and as hard hitting as some holocaust books I've read although equally saddening, therefore I feel this could be read by slightly younger readers without offending or upsetting. I really can't recommend this stunning book highly enough, it a definite must read for 2018 and it gets a fantastic 5 stars for a heart wrenching unforgettable read.
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    A Tale Of Survival

    This is a book that grips you and won't let go. I sat and read it from cover to cover without a break and even a couple of hours later it is still haunting me. You would think that some 70+ years on from World War II we would become innured to the tragedies that befell the Human Race at that time but this novel brings this home to us. Never forget that this is, first and foremost, a novel. Based upon the life of Lale and Gita Sokolov it is only based on their experiences in Birkenau and it never purports to be a true retelling of their story. The brutality of the camps is set against the basic need for Human closeness and shows how love can flourish in even the most dire circumstances. Circumstances that none of us, in the "First World" can truely begin to imagine. This novel gives only a glimpse of that world but a glimpse is all we need, the desperation seeps off the page. Whilst it is true that Lale and Gita may be seen as collaborating with their captors they did what they had to to survive. Perhaps the most tragic tale is that of Cilka who was night after night forced to share a bed with the oppressors and then was jailed after the war for collaboration. All she did was survive at massive personal cost but she was vilified for that desire to survive. Although Lale and Gita survived, everything they endured most definitely changed them as people. Yet, the afterword by their Son shows that if anything their experiences made them in to "better" people. Loving and forgiving they carried on with life with a dignity that is both astonishing and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it wholeheartedly. I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM READER'S FIRST IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
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    A must read. Do not miss.

    A beautifully written account of an extraordinary man living through a horrific period in World history. The ability of Lale to be whatever is needed at the time is amazing. The brutality Lale describes is shocking and callous. The love story is lovingly described. A shining light in the darkness. The fact that Lale and Gita found each other in the chaos after the war is testament to the strength of their love. A truly wonderful story which deserves to be read.
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    Moving, detailed, harrowing & life-affirming

    A beautifully written, incredibly moving account of Austwitz through one man's eyes. It was totally absorbing, sometimes gut-wrenchingly horrifying, and always life affirming because of the incredible bravery of everyone written about here who made a decision to live. And managed to keep living. Thank you for the love story within the horror. An amazing read.
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    The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    A powerful story of survivial. Sometimes sad at others a little houmour creeps in. This and other books must be read and lessons learnt so that it never happens again.

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