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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war....

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3.50 star(s) 2 ratings
I agree with Best Best review, while the true story is compelling, Morris' lack of artistic figurative language is a source of frustration and the lack of description often makes for rather tedious reading.

This book reminds readers though that survival can be a form of resistance and love can triumph over hatred if one holds onto it tight enough even when faced with something so horrific as the Holocaust and I'd recommend reading it just for that.
Hera recommends this classical & historical
Seeing as they've just released the TV series of The Tattooist of Auschwitz I thought I'd give the book a read before watching it.

Great story and it's very touching and easy to read. However I get the feeling that the writer Heather Morris is not actually a novelist/creative writer and more of a journalist/historian as I wouldn't say the writing is brilliant (although adequate) the reason I say this is that I don't think she manages to fully capture the horror of Auschwitz properly as you don't really get the sense of how bad it must be, maybe because Lale Skoklov's life in Auschwitz was someone privileged (compared to others) and she wanted to capture this aspect more.

Also maybe I've been desensitized by reading so many books and seeing so many films and documentaries about the holocaust and it just doesn't quite have the impact anymore as I 100% know what to expect.
Best recommends this classical & historical
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