Book Reviews

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Book Review

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Author: Heather Morris

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published: September 2018

“If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day.” 

A number one bestseller, which failed to grab me.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the remarkable story of Lale and Gita, both prisoners in a concentration camp. Lale is the Tätowierer; he inks the prisoners’ numbers onto them as they enter the camp. This is where he sees and meets Gita for the first time; it is a love at first site story.

I, honestly, really struggled to keep interested in this book. The writing falls flat, and lacks description it read almost as Lale did this and then he did that. There is no embellishment between the dialogues to help describe the story.

I am well aware that I am in the minority regarding opinion of this book. I have read that Morris was a screenplay writer previously and I can see where this has come through in her book. This is her debut novel, so is likely to improve and will try more of her work in the future. As with everyone, the more we do something the more we improve.

I do not want my opinions of the book to take away from the incredible story of Lale and Gita, and the horrors they and everyone else imprisoned would have had to endure. This story is a reminder that love and hope can help to get you through the darkest of times.

“The tattooing has taken only seconds, but Lale’s shock makes time stand still. He grasps his arm, staring at the number. How can someone do this to another human being? He wonders if for the rest of his life, be it short or long, he will be defined by this moment, this irregular number: 32407.”

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