The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
I have a strange problem. If I go to the movie hall to watch an important movie (not casual movies, I mean) or I read a really profound book, I CANNOT seem to talk about it once I'm done. I'll mull over it for weeks and months but I can neither talk nor write about it. Maybe it's just one of the millions of weird streaks I have and the primary reason why I do not write book reviews. Also, I'm too busy daydreaming about them.
I have decided, however, to make an exception and not go to my daydreaming, zoned-out phase immediately. Instead, I'll be sharing my views about this book which had been on my mental wishlist for a long time.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris provides an astonishing amount of hope and motivation and shows how love can sustain in the most hopeless environments. The main character Lale or Ludwig Eisenberg is a prisoner at the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, and the story provides a day-to-day, surreal account of his trysts with fate. The little incidents make the reader stop and think about how men and women at such concentration camps where humanity is an unknown word, still continued to love and dream and care. So Deeply. It makes us think that we love and feel in such protected atmospheres in comparison to an era and place where the absence of a face for more than two days likely meant that he had succumbed to the torture. Lale meets his soulmate, Gita, at the camp, and the conviction and strength with which he loves her and hopes for a future for them outside are endearing.
Lale's optimism is contagious and seeps in through you, and I believe that standing today, when the world is showing us how fragile human life is and there is a shadow of dread all over, we can only pray to derive an ounce of hope, courage, and optimism which Lale showed from 1942-1945 as he finally achieved both his freedom and a life with Gita together.
The book gives us enduring Hope especially in trying times.
As for me, I've done my part, I shall be zoning out in...3....2......1............