The Tattooist of Auschwitz|

The Tattooist of Auschwitz|

A Novel

Large Print - 2018
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"In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T©Þtowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism--but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2018
ISBN: 9780062860941
Characteristics: 312 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Jul 17, 2019

Even if most were true or fact-based, I found the conformist (survival instinct, charity or humanity in adversity) overtone is a cliche, and was affected little by Lale's personal romance in an extreme circumstance. However I was more intrigued by his hiatus with Russian Army ... after his escape the prison, but before his reunion with Gita.
Lali/Lale still appears to be an interesting character, I'd hope him to be re-written with more textured and nuanced shadow revealed in light of true wisdom.

A heart-breaking story - difficult to read but one everyone should read. Lale, the tattooist, never stops helping others and ends up with the one he loves.

Jul 10, 2019

Finally finished it. Took a long while as the writing style is jarring. No book, fiction or otherwise involving the Holocaust is an easy read but after I was done and learned of all the inaccuracies, was very disappointed. Why didn't Ms Morris write it as a biography?? I would love to know more about this couple but don't believe half of what happened in the book to be true. Unfortunate loss of a great opportunity to tell their story. Doubly sad to hear that the correct spelling of his name wasn't even used! I hope their son will write his own real version.

Jul 03, 2019

Tough subject matter but easy read if that makes any sense. Could not put it down because I connected with the character’s humanity. Appalled with branding people he tried to make amends in whatever way he could by bartering for food, by risking his own life. Sad story. Well worth the read.

Jun 26, 2019

Not historically accurate but it is still a very powerful read. I don’t like reading books and I finished this in 2 days.

Jun 22, 2019

Heartbreaking, of course... Great story of finding a reason to stay alive. If only the facts were researched. The probability of the interactions between the two main characters and the events of the story happening as written were as likely as that of surviving Auschwitz... If you are going to write about the Holocaust, do it honorably. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jun 19, 2019

It is frustrating that Ms. Morris was so cavalier with the facts, presenting them as one survivor's "true" story. It was so inconceivable that two people were having a romantic relationship in a death camp. As other patrons have noted, at the back of the book it is revealed that this story started out as a screenplay and Ms. Morris tried to shop that around. That is very evident fiction over historical facts.

Jun 19, 2019

THIS WAS VERY GOOD. A BOOK CLUB POSSIBILITY. Not the usual Auschwitz horror, but instead a love story in the midst of horror. A short book and an easy read with a happy ending.

Jun 12, 2019

Recent comments reflect the historical inaccuracy and rudimentary quality of writing in this novel, which the author and publisher present as being a work of historical fiction. It is not accurate and should be taken as a novel in which the author took a fiction writer's imaginative license with a real person's story. For details of the discrepancies, you may refer to this review in The Guardian newspaper:

If the book were to be re-issued with an honest preface and the inacurracies corrected (penicillin was not available during the second world war--anywhere--not to mention in a rural Polish village), it could be considered an interesting first novel. Dr. Josef Mengele, in spite of the horrors he perpetrated upon twins and people with disabilities, never castrated men. The author and her fact checkers were not diligent. The book is misleading.

Jun 07, 2019

Wasn't especially well-written...I found out later the author is a screenwriter and this was her first novel. Well, it showed. The writing was terse in an awkward, almost childish way. She also took a lot of liberties with her imagination, according to actual historians of Auschwitz who have slammed this book for its inaccuracies. The way the love story unfolded didn't especially move me either. The subject matter could've been handled so much better.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

...choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.


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