After reading some classic Holocaust novels such as Night| by Elie Wiesel and the classic The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank or even great young adults novels such as The Edelweiss Express, or the amazing The Book Thief.
I felt Antonio Iturbe and The Librarian of Auschwitz was out of its league.
It lacked passion, emotion and the book was slow in many places and many of the characters less than interesting. The flashbacks, the asides, the sudden shift in POV, it just did not ...more
for most of the book, this was a solid 3 stars. not phenomenal, but not horrible either. i think that iturbe was a little out of his league choosing this kind of story for his debut. its slow, almost boring, in a lot of places with sterile writing and sporadic POV shifts in the narration. im not sure if this is a translation ...more
But, overall, the book didn't work for me because of the way it was written ...more
Dita Strauss was a mere fourteen years old when she and her parents arrived at Auschwitz. They were assigned to the family camp and as all were assigned to work, Dita went to work in the school. There she meets Freddy Hirsch, the Jewish leader in charge of the children of Auschwitz. He gives her an assignment. ...more
Dita Adlerova is barely starting her teen years when WWII breaks out. Originally from Prague, Dita's family along with other Jewish ...more
My thoughts are definitely inadequate as to how to convey the horrific atrocities that occurred during this time in history that many would like to forget or ignore.
This story needs to be known because it’s one of survival amongst such evil, as well as an amazing feat of triumph despite the astronomical losses.
The struggle to hold onto one’s humanity in such despair, to grab onto some semblance of normalcy, and the action of defiance that bred hope to live another day was all portrayed ...more
A Must Read!
First of all I just want to take a moment to admire the cover, it's absolutely stunning and I think it represents the book perfectly.
THE LIBRARIAN OF Auschwitz is a very poignant, raw, and thought provoking read, it's an atmospheric and powerful read.
It's based on a true untold story which makes it even more special and Heartbreakingly authentic.
I don't want to go into the plot very much as i think this is a book you need to discover for ...more
The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. It is a story born of Dita’s experiences and the rich imagination of the author.
The story is set in the family camp at Auschwitz. The family camp was a cover the Germans concocted to deceive the world as to what was really happening in Auschwitz. While parents laboured during the day the children were gathered in Block 31. The aim was for them to play games, ...more
“The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio Iturbe is classified as young adult, historical fiction (based in reality, obviously). However, this novel is so much more than that.
Fourteen year old Dita is imprisoned with her family in an Auschwitz concentration camp. When she is asked by a Jewish leader to take on the role of handling the books for the makeshift school, Dita immediately agrees. Books are hard to come by, ...more
Who knew that a family unit existed at Birkeneau? For what purpose would such a unit exist??? In ...more
The narrative closely follows Dita Kraus, a 14 year old girl in the Auschwitz family camp and her experiences as the keeper and protector of eight forbidden books. I was interested that one of them was ...more
I love WWII history and learning more about the Holocaust, but I have to say that this book was extremely boring. To me it read more like a history textbook than an amazing story. One thing I do have to say is that the translation from Spanish to English was very good. I might revisit this book again when I am in the mood for a historical fiction, but decently not any time soon.
I found parts of the book confusing because it jumped about to different time periods but the story will stay with me for a long time.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
How amazing to find out that there was a secret little library in Auschwitz, that even in the heart of the depressing evil there was still something that served as a preservation of their humanity. And how amazing that the author was actually able to meet with and interview the young, inspirational librarian herself.
The format of the book itself was interesting, somewhat confusing. It read like a nonfiction piece in some parts and like a novel in others. I can’t imagine the amount of research...more
Historical and biographical moments mingle with fictional. At the and of the book, there's documentary account of meeting of author and the real Librarian of Auschwitz, still alive and trying to preserve memory of her husband's book about those events, Painted Wall by Otto Kraus.
Also, there's short account about what happened to book characters in the real life after the war.
The Librarian of Auschwitz is a book I chose to read with my real life book club and in order to read this book I had to mentally prepare myself ...more
This novel is about the prisoners that were held in the Family Camp, Block 31, a section of Auschwitz that allowed children and parents to be held together during WWII. The rules stated that the children would be entertained while their parents worked. School was forbidden ...more
This book is highly emotive and demonstrates the power and beauty of the written ...more
I might give this book another go, later. Maybe. Still, this is likely a yet another attempt to downplay the atrocities that were really happening to real people, like we are, in concentration camps. It's after reading all the light-hearted stories, like this one, that people start believing that 'poor health insurance policy is fascistic' (I'm not kidding: ...more
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