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I Shall Live by Henry Orenstein
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Apr 12, 2012

Read from April 12 to May 01, 2012

Perhaps it was just the kindle format, but information seemed to be jumbled. They add things to the middle of the book (new information) that discussed things that have not yet happened in the book. That is a formatting error. The writing is eloquent, however, I had trouble feeling for the patient. The tone seemed somewhat sterile. His knowledge and inclusion of detailed war progression was interesting but at points in the story I felt as if I was reading an encyclopedia article instead of a book. I had to push through it. I really wanted to feel a deeper connection with Henry, even things that should have brought tears to my eyes I had a hard time reading through. I believe it was the way he described things, it seemed contrived, his tone seemed impersonal. Even when he was recanting how scary/sad/un-imaginable something was I felt as if I was a shrink with a new patient, waiting for him to open up.

Not all of the book was difficult, his very eloquent recant of the stages of the war as well as the information before and after the war was very interesting.
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Trudy Schwartz-burrill I agree it did not follow a true timeline. That was disturbing to a degree and a good editor could have made it so but I feel much of the personal charm of this man's life and memory of these horrific events would not have been from his heart to tell his story how he wanted. He certainly had the money for any editor he wanted as he was a toy tycoon and a person devoted to helping the poor especially jews in Isreal and elsewhere. he and his second wife did much charity work. I would have loved to known this mans guidance. I read him as a seemingly humble man trying to explain his past well. I would have greatly enjoyed learning from him possibly about some of the questions I have. I allowed those idiosyncrasies as I know it would have been impossible for my father to tell his story as it happened even had he written it right after the war. Sixty years later impossible. Had it been a journal, I can see that happening but Mr Orienstein was a very methodical intelligent man and that allowed me to overlook the non linrtaity.

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