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What a waste of an amazing story on an incapable writer There is no prose there is really ust he did this and then he did that No depth of emotion no depth of characters heck no characters I couldn t tell you ONE personality trait of Gita s Lale also is so thinly drawn I know nothing about him other than he is supposedly charming The dialogue between characters is ridiculously empty and the whole thing feels like the most superficial experience of Auschwitz possibleThe love story which I m sure had depth and feeling in real life is like a disney retelling A sad sad waste Right after I started reading this book there was a story on the local news about a new exhibit at the Jewish Community Center in our area The exhibit highlights the Holocaust survivors from this area At kiosks you can click on a name read a bio but what struck me the most was that you can also see a video of the survivor telling their story The utmost importance of these stories is reflected at the beginning of this book by author Graeme Simsion It reminds us that every one of the unimaginably large number of Holocaust victims was an individual with a uniue story It s really not possible to know what it was like in Auschwitz or the other camps no matter how much we read about the Holocaust but it is through the stories of the survivors that we can try to understand even if only a little Heather Morris has retold the story of Lale Sokolov a Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz who becomes the camp tattooist and while there finds the love of his life Gita This stared out as a screenplay she wrote as Lale told her his story and has been developed into this novel Lale from the first day he arrives in Auschwitz by cattle car makes a vow to himself that he would survive this and after falling in love with Gita he makes a promise to her that they will have a life together when they are out That he can speak multiple languages saves Lale multiple times as well as connections made with other people imprisoned with workers from the outside and even a German guard With The Gold's Gym Training Encyclopedia jewelry and cash gotten from the women who work in the building where belongings are sorted Lale with his savvy his courage and with some luck barters for time with Gita for the price of chocolate a piece of sausage a hunk of bread a diamond or ruby But he also provides as much food as he can to others He helps many people along the way putting himself in danger each day as each day he tattoos numbers onto the arms of the new inhabitants He does seem to have an existence in some ways better than most in the camp and better than when he first arrived until he is caught with theewels It is obvious that he survives so there s no spoiler here that Lale continues to have the capacity for hope and love that seems impossible as he endures This is a story told with love about courage in the face of the horrors of the camps and loss of family courage sustained by the strength of the human spirit and it s a love story that "I Ll Never Forget There "ll never forget There not much I can say other than what Lale himself tells Morris that he wanted his story recorded so It would never happen again I received an advanced copy of this book from Bonnie Zaffre through NetGalley A unsettling but gripping novel based on the true story of Lale a Slovakian Jew caught up in the horrors of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp during WW2 He speaks several languages so soon finds himself employed in the camp as the tattooist the man responsible for inscribing prisoners numbers on their arms He soon meets and falls in love with Gita a fellow inmate but can their love survive the horrors of life inside a concentration camp This is a beautifully told tale Heather Morris captures the essence of the camp well I visited Auschwitz Birkenau earlier this year and found it to be chilling and disturbing One can only speculate at the deranged minds of those that caused such suffering I read through this book it uickly in one sitting and though it outlines the horrors of war it shows the strength of the human spirit and that there is always something to hope for Highly recommended this is one that will stay with you for a long time There are hundreds if not thousands of Holocaust fiction books in the English language alone This is not the one to readThis kind of book is hard to rate It s based on the true story of Lale Sokolov a Slovakian Jew who volunteered to go to Auschwitz to save his older brother and through a combination of true grit and luck he s able to survive and even fall in love Who wants to give the story of a Holocaust survivor ust two stars Isn t that a bit heartlessBut it s not subject of the book I m rating This book isn t well written I wasn t surprised to learn that Heather Morris is a screenwriter because she relies heavily on dialogue here and really struggles with prose although to be honest the dialog leaves a lot to be desired as well Scenes change in the matter of a sentence the dialogue often seems only broken with stage directions There s no atmospheric build up There s no sense of tension or urgency or terror It was all very one note The characters Even Lale Himself Are Flat Lale himself are flat poorly developed The whole book felt very amateurish and I cannot recommend itI received an advance copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley This is part of my Goodreads reading challenge for 2019 as the runner up in the Historical Fiction categoryIt has since been brought to my attention that this isn t historically accurate but it doesn t really change my reviewAs awful as it sounds I felt so detached from the characters Characters inspired by true events during WWIIIt wasn t to reflect the detachment of the characters to the events unfolding in an attempt to protect themselves It was simply not well written Yo. 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 Tätowierer the German word for tattooist tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisonersImprisoned for than two and a half years Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism. .

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U would tell me 12yo wrote this I would believe you The whole book was this happen they said that and that happened It was skeleton of a story it s only 250 pages and knowing now it s not even accurate it s hard to say this would be worth a readSkip it there are so many other amazing WWII books out there An interesting tale based on a true story but not really comprehensively told I enjoyed what was there but there seemed to be so much left outLale was obviously a charming rogue who managed to survive all those years in Auschwitz despite bringing himself to the attention of the authorities repeatedly and in very serious ways It was amazing that a life long love affair could have begun in such a place and even amazing that they both survived and found each other again after the war Obviously it was meant to be There must have been a lot to this story than we are made aware of I found the author s style to be simplistic which left me detached from events I even felt occasionally that the book was aimed at a young adult audience as various atrocities were mentioned only in passing As a reader I never felt the pain or the sorrow ust watched it from a distance To me the author let the subject downFortunately the story is so incredible it stands up for itself A good read but not a great one I ll never hear Yiddish againI ll never go to the German Consulate with her againI m gutted reading this book To some I have shared that my family s MA was in Auschwitz everyone called her MA her daughters her grandchildren her great grandchildren her friends etc She used to say I have lost everything that can ever be lost and I have given everything can that ever be given She passed away in 2017 at the age of 95 We ust had her headstone unveiling This was probably not the best book for me to read at this time but then again maybe it wasIn the last years of her life I would go with her to the German Consulate to prove she was still alive so she could continue receiving her reparation checks She would get dressed in her best outfit and walk in proudly to announce she was still alive There used to be a long line of survivors waiting to go in the last time I went with her we were the only ones in the waiting room I used to dread going there with her It was a production Days before she would get her hair washed and set the day of she would get up early and do her makeup and fuss over her outfit I would always say why do you dress up to go there She would always say I am proud of who I am and tell me not to embarrass her by wearing my schmata and would it kill me to put on a little red lipstick Then she would announce to everyone in the room that I was her granddaughter Now I will never go again Last year we had our first Thanksgiving Hanukkah and Christmas without her I have a half Jewish half Christian family There are not many survivors left in the world which is why I am glad that books like this existTo Save one is to save the worldThis book is based on a true story I always love books based on true stories In many ways I think they are the best kind I also love the pictures of Lale and Gita Sokolov Lale told his story over the course of three years to the Author Lale became the Tatowierer Tattooist of Auschwitz and Birkenau Being the tattooist gives him special perks rations better sleeping conditions ability to move around the camp freely He also was able to exchange the money and prized possessions of those who died in the gas chambers for food and medicine He was generous and provided for many He saved lives and I wonder how many survived due to him acuiring medicine and extra food for them While giving a tattoo he meets Gita and feels an instant attraction to her This book is not only a book about survival during the bleakest of times it is about triumph of the human spirit about being pushed to the breaking point but never breaking about love about compassion for others about hope about losing your faith and about never losing your faith It "also shows brutality hatred and evil but what I hope people take away is the "shows brutality hatred and evil but what I hope people take away is the strength dignity and resilience that Lale and so many others named in this book showed This book is about a lot of things but mainly one man s inner strength which allowed him to go on to never give up to have compassion for others who risked his life many times to help others During the darkest times there will always be those who shine and Lale Sokolov was one of thoseLike many survivors Lale and Gita moved around until they found their place in Australia began a family and lead a happy and successful life Lale proved to have nine lives and I was happy to see that he was able to prosper and be reconnected with Gita after THE WAR I THOUGHT THIS BOOK war I thought this book well written and I was sucked me into Lale s world Although there are scenes of violence and murderkillings they are not incredibly graphic With any book dealing with the Holocaust you know it is going to be sad and scenes are going pull at your heartstrings This one will as well I think most will really enjoy this book and hopefully learn a few things For instance I always thought the tattoos were put on using crude tattoo machinesguns similar to the one used when I got a tattoo I was wrong My family member never talked about it I wonder did Lale give Ma her tattoo Who knowsI think reading the Author s note at the end of the book is beneficial Again there are pictures of Lale and Gita there It was nice to put faces with the names When reading books such as this I think most readers will wonder could they have survived I believe most of us will never know what we are capable of until we are placed to the test God willing none of us are ever placed to this test45 starsI received a copy of this book from Bonner Publishing Australia and NetG. But also incredible acts of bravery and compassion Risking his own life he uses his privileged position to exchange ewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners aliveOne 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 Lal.

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The Tattooist of AuschwitzAlley in exchange for an honest reviewSee of my reviews at wwwopenbookpostcom 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 uite 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 clarityThe 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 perspectiveThis book wasn t as brutal and as hard hitting as some holocaust books I ve read although eually 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 I recall as a child accompanying one or the other of my parents to our family eweler countless times It seemed as if some piece always needed to be repaired or purchased for one occasion or another For my tenth birthday I received a small sapphire and diamond ring which was too large and needed to be resized One day after school off we went to see Marty and Irv It was an unseasonably warm fall day and Irv had his shirtsleeves rolled up When he placed his arm on the glass countertop I saw the tattooed numbers on his arm for the very first time I felt also for the first time a cold clenching my stomach That very day at the age of ten I had watched Night and Fog as part of my fifth grade curriculum and my physical reaction was the painful shock of recognition It was disturbing to me that this kind and gentle man had been subjected to and survived the death camps I was raised to be a polite child so I didn t say anything but I do remember having a serious conversation with my mother about it on our "way homeThis experience which is still so vivid to me is one of the many reasons "homeThis experience which is still so vivid to me is one of the many reasons find it difficult to rate based on true accounts about the holocaust What I will say about this book is that it tells a story of hope amid horror I will also say that the writing is sophomoric However I do think this is a book that is well suited for young teens as an introduction to this very dark part of history If you wake up in the morning it is a good day This was a really tough novel to read I mean obviously it is set in Auschwtiz it was hardly going to be a walk in the parkI don t think I uite prepared myself or wasn t able to entirely remove myself from the novel so became completely invested and because of this it absolutely tore me apartBased on a true story Lale uses his education and knowledge of languages to get himself a ob as the Tatowierer after each Jewish family must volunteer one young male for work This work turns out to be the concentration camps on Auschwitz and Birkenau We witness first hand the atrocities Lale sees happen and also the cruelty and torture he endures at the hands of the sees happen and also the cruelty and torture he endures at the hands of the s Despite knowing this was a memoir of sorts and that Lale would eventually escape I was still terrified when reading this Books like this need to be published and read as I think that despite everyone knowing what the Holocaust was I think people might be in danger of forgetting Plato and Parmenides: Parmenides' Way of Truth and Plato's Parmenides just how truly horrifying it was and the lowest depths of humanityThough not always 100% gripping I feel that it added to storytelling Not everyday was filled with violence some days nothing happened at all and the prisoners whiled away the days too starved or beaten to really do anything Non fiction books aren t always designed to be enthralling and for me this story s purpose was for education and the sharing of someone s past rather than to simply entertain the readerI ve seen a few reviews commenting on the writing style how it is written uite factually rather than emotionally and to be honest I do agree It is written as a timeline than a novel There is a lot of focus on the romance where I would have rather had info on the other prisonersconditions etc But I understand it was done this way because it is the couple s story to tell Iust would have preferred detail in other places view spoiler For example how he was able to find Gita so uickly at the end He Il metodo dell'ovulazione. Atlante just turned up at the train station and sheust got off Is that actually how easily it happened I would have liked to have seen a bit of his research into how he knew she would be there Or was it literally With Krishna's Eyes just fate hide spoiler. E vows to somehow survive the camp and marry herA vivid harrowing and ultimately hopeful re creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditio.