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 prisoners. 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.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Holocaust fiction books in the English language alone. So I would recommend to not pick up this one.
It is a story based of true people and true events but this book have contains couple of errors and information inconsistent with the some facts. This book also contains over-interpretations, misinterpretations and understatements on which the overall inauthentic picture of the camp reality is built. If you don’t believe me on this one, feel free the feuds between the author of this book and Auschwitz Museum. And there are also a disclaimer at the museum (which I have visited) that this book contains several errors in it as well as some falls information.
Because of these errors in information I cant give this book a good review. This is because people who read read historical books wants to educate themselves and not just read something which was made up by the author.
However in the end this book doesn’t fail to show us the sad reality of Holocaust, Concentration camps and evilness of Nazi soldiers.
Some of the descriptions in this book are were shitty and very poorly done. It was almost as if the author didn’t bother to put all the work she could have into this book.
There were no depth in the emotions. And the characters were written as they had only one thing good and bad about them. I hate when this happens, because I want to see the characters as realistic as possible. And as we all know in the real world no one is only shades of bad or good.
The writing style could have been better. There were a lot of times when this book went like “he did this, and then he did that”.And it was sort of written as a fictional story when we look at the fals informations and errors in the book itself
The dialogs in this book for the most part felt empty, ridiculous and overall shallow. It was almost like the author just wanted to fill up the empty space on paper. Overall the dialgos felt like they were written by 12 year old kid.
The descriptions in this book feels like the author wanted to just be done with them and move on. There weren’t a lot of details in the descriptions. For the most part the descriptions were like “he had a black and white cloths on him”
I give this book 1 / 5