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"The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris

Hello everyone, welcome back.

Tonight's review is for "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris. 

First I have 2 questions for you; firstly, have you read it? secondly, if not, why the heck not? 

The book is based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, the Tattooist of Auschwitz. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, I've heard of the horrors of the camps in much the same way as millions of people around the world heard of the horrors in the camps, but did I want to read what was, in essence, a first hand account? Turns out I did. 

This was a recommended book by a member of my book club (Emma James Book Club) who insisted that I read it. As it happens, I'm glad I did, finishing the book in just a couple of evenings. 

The horror of the camp is there in the background, but this story is much more about the people Lale encounters, how he came to be the Tattooist, hw he met his wife, the love of his life and moreover, how they came to survive the camp. I have been saddened reading the book and wanted nothing more than to sit and have a cry, but I wouldn't be helping those in the book. More than anything, I wanted to read what happened next, was there a happy ending? What happended when the camp was closed?

The book didn't disappoint and I would urge all of you to read it, however much you think you know about the Holocaust. To read the book is to hear Mr Sokolov's memories of his time spent in Auschwitz, to read the descriptions of the camp and daily life in there, to understand. 

To read this is to truly feel something about the strength of the human spirit, especially when all seems lost but you have that 1 thing you want to live for, that 1 thing that keeps you trying everyday to get through and come out the other side. 

I'm giving "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" a 3 book score, not because I didn't enjoy the book, I truly did. My score is more around whether I could bear to read the heartaching story again. I'm sure I will, but not just yet. Either way, I encourage you all to read it.

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading! x

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