My Lobotomy is about exactly what you think it would be about: a person who underwent a lobotomy. The shocking thing about this story is that for one,...moreMy Lobotomy is about exactly what you think it would be about: a person who underwent a lobotomy. The shocking thing about this story is that for one, he was twelve when he was lobotomized, and two, he didn't need it. This story struck me as being in the same vein as A Child Called It, where there is one child singled out by a mentally unstable mother (or in Dully's case, step-mother) and is the subject to endless amounts of blame and abuse: physical, emotional and ultimately mental. The book chronicles the author's life before the lobotomy, and after, spending the rest of his childhood in and out of foster care, juvenile hall, and various institutions and then finally, at the age of 54 decides to found out why it happened. The book is shocking and sad and sheds light on a time in medical history where brutal procedures were performed routinely and without regulations, and how it affected the patients that were subjected to them. (less)
Though I've read many accounts of World War II, I've never read any from a German point-of-view, which is what On Hitler's Mountain is. The book is ab...moreThough I've read many accounts of World War II, I've never read any from a German point-of-view, which is what On Hitler's Mountain is. The book is about the author's childhood under the Third Reich and how the Nazi regime and the war had affected German civilians. It is extremely eye-opening to read such an honest telling of how Germans perceived Hitler and the Nazi Party. It's amazing just how much the German people didn't know about what Hitler was actually doing and what his ultimate plan was, and how so many of them supported him because of their desperation to get out of their post-World War I economic depression and the hope they had in his empty promises of prosperity. Even though the author was just a girl while Hitler was in power, and increasingly grew more critical of Nazi power and Hitler as she got older, due to her experiencing first-hand the effects of war and even seeing some adults in her life express criticism over Hitler, I think the whole mindset of the German people during that time, and a perfect example of just how under Nazi control so many of them were can be summed up in this passage: "She [the author's mother:] said at the time she did not know what to make of the rumors, and anyway no one really wanted to get involved for fear of endangering or merely inconveniencing themselves. It happened at a time, Mutti said, when you could no longer launch a protest on the street, write a letter to the newspaper, or turn to the church for support. I didn't believe her, deciding instead that one of the main sins of my parents' generation was that they chose not to look at the dark side, and to whitewash their Fuhrer no matter what. If given further indoctrination, what would I have done in their stead? What would I have done if Germany had won the war? Would I have gone to an Adolf Hitler school and become a Nazi leader, a torturer like Ilse Koch, the notorious wife of the commandant of Buchenwald? Such questions obsessed me. I dared not answer them; I truly did not know."
An honest insight on the side of World War II you rarely read about, those who also suffered under Hitler, and would carry guilt and shame for acts they were indirectly connected to for decades. I would recommend everyone read this book. (less)
This is the first Holocaust memoir I had read from a Polish point of view, and I was truly captivated. I have never read a story about one person havi...moreThis is the first Holocaust memoir I had read from a Polish point of view, and I was truly captivated. I have never read a story about one person having so much good fortune and bad luck all at the same time, it was almost like it was straight out of Hollywood. The things she was subjected to do, the things she risked and her uncompromising need to do what was right despite the consequences makes it nearly impossible to set this book down. I would lay awake at night, anticipating what was going to happen next, and before I knew it, my light was on and that book was back in my hands. This woman has more strength, courage and faith in her pinkie than I could ever hope to have in my entire being. If you need reassurance that despite the evils in the world, there is still good left in humanity, read this book.(less)
I have to admit that I liked the idea of this book more than I actually liked the book itself. The book is about a dad who lets his teenage son drop o...moreI have to admit that I liked the idea of this book more than I actually liked the book itself. The book is about a dad who lets his teenage son drop out of school as long as he watches 3 movies a week. I thought it was going to be about a boy who finds invaluable life lessons through the movies he watched, but it was more about a 17-year-old boy's girl problems than it was about movie-watching. The best parts in the book are the movie facts the dad tells the son before watching the movie, but that's about it. The author annoyed me, not only because he lets his Eminem-wannabe son drop out of school even though he admits his son doesn't know where Florida is and thinks South America is a country, or that he so easily forgives him for going on cocaine binges simply because he has a hard time dealing with obsessive thoughts about an ex-girlfriend and never wants to hurt his oh-so-fragile, insecure son's feelings, but because of the overuse of ridiculous and unnecessary metaphors that don't even make sense and parentheses containing useless information that could have easily been replaced by commas. If you want a quick, easy read about a father and son bonding over French New Wave films and talking about his son's sex life then I would most definitely recommend you read this book.(less)
I was lucky enough to borrow a signed copy of this book from a co-worker whose daughter had heard David Faber speak at her school. Never in my life ha...moreI was lucky enough to borrow a signed copy of this book from a co-worker whose daughter had heard David Faber speak at her school. Never in my life have I had to stop reading a book multiple times because it was too intense or emotionally difficult to get through until I read this book. One of the most detailed and horrific accounts of one boy's experience in not only nine different concentration camps, but also his experiences in the ghetto before, and what tragic things happened out on the streets everyday. It's incomprehenisble what Faber witnessed and went through and how many different times he narrowly escaped death. This is one of the most raw, detailed and heart-wrenching accounts of life under Nazi rule I have ever read. I think everybody needs to read this book to really understand what millions of people went through. It's an honest testimony of what the human spirit can endure, and what lengths people have gone to survive the unthinkable.(less)