The tattooing of identification numbers may be a routine procedure on entry into a concentration camp but for Lale Sokolov and Gita Furman it holds more significance: it brings them together for the first time, giving them a fresh determination to survive whatever is in store for them. Faced with the horrors of Auschwitz, they must decide what they are prepared to do to ensure their future.
Based on the personal recollections of a Holocaust survivor, this is an unforgettable story of hope and love in the most challenging of circumstances. [Larger font]
We all enjoyed it! Riveting true story. The Tattooist was an amazing man!
There are too many books written about the Holocaust. Many of them are well-written and well researched, but this was not one of them. The writer did not show the real depth of suffering, so failed to show the beauty of love experienced in that horrific place.
A great love story in such horrifying circumstances. The writing style was very easy to read and most of us finished the book quickly.
The group agreed that in spite of the subject matter, the book was an easy read and a good story. Perhaps a reminder to see the individual in this catastrophic event.
All members of our group found this book enlightening - sometimes disturbing, but presenting a personal story in a very interesting way.
People found the style simple, unsophisticated and readable. The storytelling was enjoyed, but some felt there were aspects that were lacking in credibility and believability. Others felt that was result of the way that Lale must have processed such atrocities.
Loved it. Read it start to finish in 3.5 hours. Gripping, and the style of writing made the horror easier to bear.
A thoroughly compelling read.
Inspired animated discussion. Well-written; some parts that seemed not so credible but still a great read.
Very thought provoking, and made us think about all the things that happened. Some were inspired to read the next one in the series. Some thought the ending was very abrupt. Great first book.
Some felt a little more depth was needed in the writing, and wondered if that was because she was a screenwriter before an author. Most enjoyed reading it though.
We mostly enjoyed this book, but there were some instances where more detail was needed.
Nice easy read for a hard subject.
A heartwarming tale, despite the adversities it portrays. The beautiful relationships proved captivating as a reader.
Everyone in the group loved this book.
Enjoyed by all - great discussion.
This story was generally well-liked by the group. It was written in a simplistic style but the conditions in the concentration camps were vividly portrayed. The fact that the book was written by a New Zealander, who had met the main character, was quite significant.
Interesting, an insight into a different perspective of Auschwitz ( a love story and a 'collaborator's story) - we all agreed that we would do what it takes to survive, or at least be too afraid not to do what was asked. A little disappointing however, seemed flat, and the writing was disappointing. we could not help but wonder whether this amazing story could have been transformed by a different/better writer...
We all thought it was a really good book. We felt a lot of emotions and there were tears at times. We were all amazed at how life can go on despite the circumstances. We wondered how we would react in the same circumstances, but we couldn't say - survival instincts are unpredictable -Lale made courageous decisions. We loved the randomness of how Lale and Gita met up later. The extra information written by their son at the back of the book was touching and lovely to read.
Best book so far this year.
The writing style was simple and brushed over some details. Some of us thought this made the subject matter easier to cope with. Others thought the writing style didn't do justice to the story.