Book Review: The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch

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About:
The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch is a fic­tional book telling of a family’s strug­gle to sur­vive. Mr. Clinch’s pre­vi­ous books, Finn and Kings of the Earth won awards and com­men­da­tion from around the country.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy to two win­ners of this book -to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

Book Review The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch

 

My rat­ing for The Thief of Auschwitz5

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Thoughts:
The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch (web­site | Face­book | @jonclinch) is a fas­ci­nat­ing and well writ­ten book. Even though short, Mr. Clinch is an excel­lent sto­ry­teller pre­sent­ing a beau­ti­ful story and tight page-turner.

The story por­trays a Jew­ish fam­ily try­ing to stay sane in a world gone mad. The fam­ily is try­ing to sal­vage a bit of civil­ity wher­ever they can in a place that could on be described as hell on earth.

The story doesn’t have many twists, but sev­eral con­ve­nient plot points which, although a bit too con­ve­nient are cen­tral to the story. Usu­ally I’m not a big fan of “all too con­ve­nient” coin­ci­dences but I’ve read enough about World War II to know that stranger things have hap­pened in real life, so why not in fiction?

Mr. Clinch wrote an ele­gant and poignant story which runs the gamete of emo­tions from despair to hope. I found myself car­ing about these char­ac­ters, took solace from their strength and inspi­ra­tion from their actions. Most impor­tant the book shows the true cost of the Holo­caust, not only in terms of human life, but in term of cul­ture. The artists who will never paint, the writ­ers who will never write and yes, even the bar­bers who will never pam­per their clients again.

Related Reads:
Auschwitz by Dr. Mik­lós Nyis­zli
Dis­placed Per­sons by Ghita Schwarz
The Pol­ski Affair by Leon H. Gildin

Syn­op­sis:
The story is told in flash­backs of Max Rosen, an artist, octo­ge­nar­ian, Holo­caust sur­vivor and son of Eidel and Jacob who per­ished in Auschwitz. In his story Max remem­bers his par­ents, their tremen­dous strug­gle to sur­vive in the con­cen­tra­tion camp and all they gave up so he could live.

Jacob, a bar­ber by trade, is assigned to cut the Nazis hair and fan­ta­size about slash­ing the commandant’s throat. Eidel, an accom­plished artist, goes once a week to paint the commandant’s fam­ily who lives in rel­a­tive lux­ury com­pared to her existence.

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Give­away

  • Give­away ends: Feb­ru­ary 28, 2013

  • US Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.
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