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I Truly Lament

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Paperback, 230 pages
Published 2015 by Wheatmark (first published November 9th 2014)
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Steve Mckinney
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from goodreads. This book was very disturbing but has to be told. The telling of these stories is very important and the writing style helps you understand the horror of the holocaust. Hopefully works like this will stop a repeat of this nightmare..
Xian Xian
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This was given to me by the author for an honest review. Thank you!

Here is a book that I received for review, as I obviously stated above here. Lately, I've been trying to avoid these submissions unless it came from an author or publisher I was familiar with. Freese was actually a Leapfrog press guy in the contest and he almost won. Before this short story collection, he wrote a novel, a pretty long one. But what really made me want to read and review this was because of the topic. I had a feeli
In this anthology, Mathias Freese has composed twenty-seven short stories about the Holocaust. They're an attempt to gain some form of understanding about it. In the Preface, Freese states: "All literary depictions of the Holocaust end as failures..." and "Every artist who struggles with the Holocaust must begin with an acceptance of failure, and that must be worked through before art begins." If I'm interpreting him correctly, the reason why all attempts end as failures is because no mere words ...more
J.B. Garner
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Not all literary meals are laid out on the table purely for the stuffing of the reader’s face with new entertainment. Some have a purpose behind their creation and other recipes are crafted to bring the reader an important message or a deep feeling as he sits chewing the fat. I’ve reviewed at least one book like this before so it’s not a stranger to this Starving Reviewer and I have another such literary meal at my table today. The message and the event it seeks to
Catherine Putsche
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I truly Lament is a unique and remarkable compilation of 27 Holocaust stories. Each story explores different points of view, concepts and theses all corresponding to the Holocaust. The stories take the reader on a deep, psychological and profound emotional journey into the stark reality of what it was like to live, exist or to die in the inhumane conditions of the concentration camps run by the Nazis. In the opening chapters the stories deal mostly with the plight of Jews in concentration camps ...more
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Note: I was provided with a copy of this book for review.

The stories in this anthology are not real accounts or experiences, they are fictionalised stories, and yet Freese does manage to capture a small part about what life was like for those during the war. Stories about starving in camps, being dragged away from villages and mistreated by guards, as well as the tales and haunting memories by survivors are all expressed through numerous stories and Freese explores these emotions really well.

Joseph McGarry
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for this review.

I recommend this book for readers 18 and older.

Disclaimer: I'm not Jewish. Even I think the Holocaust is an unthinkable moment. Millions of people killed just because they were Jews, or infirm, or just because they disagreed with the Third Reich. Why would someone do this? That's a question we've been asking ourselves for the last 70 years. Numerous books have been written about this, too many to list here. I read Anne Frank
Kelly Smith Reviews
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Holocaust. Countless pieces of fiction and nonfiction have been penned about the horrific event and related events. The Diary of Anne Frank, Apt Pupil, even Captain America: The First Avenger and an episode of Supernatural have worked the Nazis into their stories. It is the one thing I would say 99% of the world agrees is a truly deplorable event, killing countless people and leaving an indelible mark on the face
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Truly Lament is a collection of Holocaust short stories. I have read too many Holocaust books, short stories published in newspapers/internet, I thought I have read everything I need to know. Some stories here still shocked me.

One story was about how a doctor performed operations on Holocaust patients. Hospitals didn't have much medical supplies then. He has been operating patients without anesthesia, some died on the table while the operation is ongoing, just imagine performing surgery withou
Jessica Bronder
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Truly Lament is a collection of stories based on the Holocaust. They all vary with their themes, as with any compilation like this. The first is based on a Jewish man on the run and trying to call a Golem to protect him with less than desirable results. You will read about horrible things that were done to the Jews and some outlandish events. None of them are true stories but they all feel real with what is known about the atrocities the Nazis did during the Holocaust.

I Truly Lament is not a
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
"What an eternal moment this is, last memories, the only I cannot have taken from me." I Truly Lament—Working Through the Holocaust is a fictional collection of memories. Observers being observed, killers being killed, private parts exposed. The Holocaust revised, sometimes rewritten, redone, undone, denied, intensified, remembered and played with. Golems asked for help, collectors of Hitler curiosa, Adolf Hitler making rare love with Eva Braun, rabbinical advice to use the mind as compass, or L ...more
Shirley Roe
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Haunting is the best way to describe I Truly Lament. Much like Mathias Freese’s first book, The i Tetralogy, this book will stay in your memory for a long time.
The Holocaust is a subject that many authors have written about, but none so profoundly as Mr. Freese. He touches the very heart and soul of those that lived and those that died during these terrifying times.
I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust is a book of short stories that were previously published by the author. This compil
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I tried to get through this book... I really truly did. It took me over a month of picking up the book, reading a couple pages getting annoyed and putting it down (before I threw it against a wall... which is absolute book heresy) to get through a little over half the book. My personal opinion is that this book trivialized what the Jewish people suffered during the Holocaust. There were a few good stories but there were some really disturbing stories. I was not expecting to read an "interview" o ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read many stories about WWII, the Nazis, and the Holocaust. I’ve read a lot of horror and crime novels. I enjoy disturbing stories. That said, I Truly Lament is one of the most disturbing collections of stories I’ve ever read. We should be disturbed by the Holocaust , but some of these stories take that to a whole new level. I’m not an overly religious person either, but even found some of the religious references quite extreme for me… I understand these feelings given the circumstances how ...more
Raven Haired Girl
A collection of potent short stories detailing the horrific monstrosities of the Holocaust and the never ending agony of Holocaust survivors. A few of the stories are not for the squeamish, each one emotionally penetrating, evoking. I paused several times due to the severity of the content, absolutely heart wrenching of those enduring the unimaginable. Freese possesses an intense intimate writing style lending great impact to every story.

One of the stories I found profoundly touching Cantor Mat
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Haunting. Tragic. 27 short stories about the Holocaust. This book will not leave my minds eye anytime soon. 27 very different accounts of this horrific event. There is even an interview with Hitler's mistress in one of these stories. All these stories give the reader a small snippet of what it might have been like to live through the Holocaust but each story tells the take very differently.

I give this book all five stars because this author did an incredible job of bringing together stories tha
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the stories that touched me most was one that involved a 'golem' . "In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, magically created entirely from inanimate matter." Mothers tell children stories of the golem as a creature that must be summoned when no hope remains and the world is dark. A Jew who is escaping from a camp has the golem in his head and conversations follow. The story is bone-chilling. I have always marvelled at the cruelty of man to man but never have I c ...more
Rachel Watts
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In the preface to his collection of short stories on the Holocaust Mathias B. Freese says it is a story that no-one could ever tell in entirety. He describes it as a “ghastly grandiosity”. It is too large, too devastating, it goes beyond all understanding and adds up to one heaving firestorm in the history of humanity. But somehow, taking a selection of different experiences and giving them a minute, poetic, imaginative treatment, he then goes ahead and does exactly that.

Full review: https://lea
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
I truly lament it's made of 27 short stories of the Holocaust. I sadly have to say I don't the history of the holocaust. But does but open I curiosity of what took place. I loved all of the stories some more impactful than others. One that stood with me was of a man that finally found love only to be taken away to the camps shortly after. Will not say more so I would give it away. Even though they are fiction but I truly recommend this book for the people that want to get a sense of what actuall ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'I Truly Lament' does what important books do. Freese writes so brilliant it remains in the mind long time after it has been read, refusing to leave by finding its own shelf in your soul. There are 27 short stories and they are not just of great originality and bold but also sorrowful and very moving. A great read. ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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