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A Disappointing Tale,
This review is from: A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor (Hardcover)
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Perhaps I expected too much but when the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor and pianist, Alice Herz-Sommer decides to tell her story, you do expect it at least to be interesting. However, Ms. Herz-Sommer decides not to share much about her experiences in the camps because it is too depressing. Mainly, she wishes to talk about having met Kafka, and Kafka's life and Kafka's philosophy. This isn't Kafka's story, this is her story. The guidance and editing on this memoir is very poor. It jumps from one period of time to another and one subject to another. Regarding her skills as a pianist, we only learn that she practiced a lot, not how she felt when she played, what pieces she played, how she felt about the composers she played. Anyone worth their salt as a pianist, feels these things, notices these things. Her artistic journey is missing in this book. It is a frustrating book because you feel it could have been great if the right questions had been asked and much better editing and guidance.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2013 2:37:19 AM PST
Jack Pepper says:
You write an informative and convincing review. Thanks.
Posted on Jun 6, 2014 4:41:43 PM PDT
Melissa S says:
I haven't yet read this book but I'm curious because I thought the intent of this book was to show Alice's gratefulness for life and how despite her time in the camps she had peace and led a life of joy and happiness because she saw each day as a gift. I don't think it was necessarily supposed to be all about her holocaust experience or her musical ability.
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