Lale, a Slovakian Jew, is imprisoned in the concentration camp Auschwitz for two and a half years. While there he serves as the Tatowierer, tattooing numbers on his fellow prisoners. The story shows his experiences in the camp and what life was like for him as a prisoner in a concentration camp.
The goodness of people among terrible circumstances
World War II concentration camp
LOVE IT OR LOATHE IT
The premise of this book really intrigued me. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to permanently number another human in a concentration camp. I found Lale’s experience at Auschwitz interesting and very different from other stories I have read that took place in a concentration camp. Though it felt somewhat slow in pacing there was enough happening that I did not get bored.
I did have trouble connecting with Lale, or any of the characters. For such an emotional premise and experience I wanted to feel more for the character and I just didn’t. By the end, I didn’t really care what happened to him. I think part of that was because I didn’t feel like the camp was that awful for him. I get that he was trying to be positive and have hope and make the best of his experience so he would survive. But, I didn’t really feel like anything that awful happened to him and when something did happen that would be awful I didn’t feel like he was that affected by it. I really wanted to ache and cry for him but instead I didn’t care.