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    The tattooist of auschwitz

    Excellent story with a love story that prevailed the horrors of the holocaust.a quick read as once you started you we’re compelled to finish and find a happy ending
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    What a powerful read!

    What a beautiful story about the very best of humanity ...in the most very worst of circumstances. Heather Morris took four years of notes about the life of Lale Sokolov and turned into a story of love, friendship and the struggle amidst the horrors of Auschwitz concentration camp. There are many survivors of the Holocaust that are getting to the age where their story will become lost due to time and age… so this was a very powerful story worth telling. One thing that did sadden me was the tale of Ms. Morris saying Lale held his story in for over 50 years because of the fear that he and Gita might seem as collaborators of the Nazis and how fast he wanted to be back with his beloved Gita. I have to commend Ms. Morris for a wonderful telling of the story… She did a beautiful job!
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    Compelling read

    Compelling story. Couldn't put it down. So well well written. One of the best books I ever read. The author writes this historical fiction so well, one feels like they are right in the moment with the heartache, disgusting treatment of people, sadness and yet hope.
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    Good Story, Poor Writing

    While the story of Lale Sokolov initially was a very interesting read, it was difficult to enjoy because of the very poor writing by the author. Furthermore, upon further investigation, I discovered that some parts, some interesting details, were fiction, which really detracts from the story. Disappointing read, to be honest.
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    Disappointing

    Very disappointing. Based on the reviews on the back of the book I expected much more than this story delivered. The subtitle of the book is, “Based on the powerful true story of love and survival.” If this had in fact been Lale Sokolov’s memoir written with the help of author Heather Morris then the juvenile writing, unbelievable scenarios, so many giggly moments and glossing over the truly horrific events that took place in the concentration camps would have been forgivable. After all, a survivor can recall and retell their story any way they like; that doesn’t make it less true or their experience less real. But to novelize the story and make it so whitewashed like a week at camp and then call it the most extraordinary story of the Holocaust and enduring love is misleading and a disservice to the truly great books of what the Jews and others in the camps endured. The more I read, the more irritated I became with this story.
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