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Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

My ‘At a glance’ series are very short book reviews, mostly from books I have read last year where I only took a few notes. They will give you a short overall review with some pros and cons to help you decide if the book is for you.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Norris

Genre: Historical Fiction

BUG Rating : 4/5 

Overall: The storyline follows the two extraordinary people as they navigate the horrors of the concentration camp and try to survive; whilst also exploring their relationship. It’s a true love story, it’s hope amid all the despair and death. Lale is resourceful, determined and despite his circumstances, optimistic. Lale meets Gita whilst he is responsible for tattooing the numbers on every person who enters the camp. The book was above all else, heartbreaking. The atrocities, some which were highlighted in this book, that were committed in the concentration camps should never, ever be forgotten. I found this book a real page turner and felt totally immersed in the story.

Plot:

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. 

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the Tattooist of Auschwitz.


Pros:

+ Incredible, powerful story

+ Loved the characters and their backstories

+ Page turner – I was just desperate to find out what would happen next

Cons:

– Writing style – although I found the book emotional, I think there lacked emotion in the writing

– Disjointed in parts

– The ending felt a bit rushed

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