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The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir-biography, all-time-favourites, holocaust, poland

This book is an amazing memoir of a Jew’s survival in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Szpilman does not sound at all bitter or angry. His writing is in fact rather detached and dispassionate. The reason may be is that he wrote it shortly after the war and was still suffering all the terrible after-effects and shock.

The German officer’s diary was fascinating. What an incredible angel of a man. That’s all I have to say. The kindness of strangers so often brings me to tears. In fact, retelling his part of the story to my husband over coffee, had me sobbing. He's one of those special souls that I simply don't want to forget.

I saw the movie ten years ago and I think that the movie version may be more powerful than the book, except that I don’t recall the German officer part being included. For me, that part of the book was extremely moving. I’d really like to see the movie again.
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October 23, 2015 – Shelved
October 23, 2015 – Shelved as: memoir-biography
October 23, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 29, 2015 – Shelved as: all-time-favourites
January 3, 2018 – Shelved as: holocaust
January 3, 2018 – Shelved as: poland

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message 1: by Helen (new)

Helen I took this out of the library just to read Hosenfeld's diary! Heartbreaking and immensely powerful. The movie was devastating. It felt like a terrifyingly accurate depiction of the horrors of the Holocaust.


Negin Helen wrote: "I took this out of the library just to read Hosenfeld's diary! "
Helen, I was pleasantly surprised to see Hosenfeld's diary included. I didn't even know that he played a part in this incredible story. If my memory serves me correctly (it's been over a decade) the movie didn't include him.


message 3: by Lisa (new) - added it

Lisa Vegan I'm not sure which part you mean, but there was definitely a pivotal German officer part in the movie. Great movie! I hadn't thought about reading the book, even though it is my type of book.


Negin Lisa wrote: "I'm not sure which part you mean, but there was definitely a pivotal German officer part in the movie. "
Lisa, thank you. I'm glad to hear that! Looking forward to watching the movie again, hopefully very soon.


Negin Lisa, we finally finished watching it last night, and yes, you're right, the German officer was included. Beautiful movie and fabulous book.


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