(Review) The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a story of two ordinary people, living in an extraordinary time, deprived not only their freedom but their dignity, their names, and their identities and it is Lale’s account of what they needed to do to survive.”

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The book is written from the perspective of Lale Sokolov, who found himself to be the Tattoweirer in one of the most brutal places on earth back in the times of The Second World War. It is filled with the accounts of what all he and people around him had to go through to survive one more day. But most importantly, it is about how he found his one true love in the place he would’ve least expected. This is the true story of the blossoming of love between Lale and Gita and their fight against anything or anyone that could’ve broken them apart.

Something Good: The one thing which is never lost in the book is hope. The author has made sure that the readers will keep on reading because deep down they know that the protagonist is going to make it. This is true even for someone who did not check the back of the book first. The theme of hope is always there. In the end, as a reader, you’ll feel content and satisfied as love prevails against all odds. The book is based on a true story which adds weight to the whole concept. It is unique in a way as historical fictions (and non-fiction) sometimes depend very excessively on the descriptions of all the atrocities done during that time. This book does give us a glance of it but focuses on a totally different angle, that is, the love knows no bound. The most touching part of the book is not the core of the novel but the section ‘Author’s note’. It describes how was the encounter of the author with Lale Sokolov when she was writing the book.

Something quite not that good: Some sections of the book does not go well with the flow of the book. In the attempt of showing the atmosphere around the main characters, the author dwells too much into the side-stories. It feels like bits and pieces of paper put together but not in the right manner. Then instead of one clear line of the story, it starts to look like as if the author left it how the whole thing was described, not arranging it in a manner to engage the readers.

Nevertheless, the fact that it is an inspiring true love story keeps us from leaving the book prematurely. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is perfect for those who look for unique love stories. Make sure you read the whole book which includes the Author’s Note and the afterwords by Gary Sokolov, son of Gita and Lale.

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