- Series: Recent Picador Highlights
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (December 20, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312311354
- ISBN-13: 978-0312311353
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 322 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 Paperback – December 20, 2002
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Szpilman finds himself alone and fighting for his life by hiding in various places in Warsaw, often in dangerously close approximation to the Nazi militia. What I find so compelling is the fact that, instead of being bitter and crying out against those who killed most everyone he knew and loved, Szpilman pays tribute to the German officer who discovered his hiding place, and, instead of killing him on the spot, coaxed Szpilman from the brink of death by bringing him food and a warm coat, as well as news of the German Nazi's impending fall from power.
Such a powerful story! If you enjoyed the film, you'll enjoy the book.
I would most definitely recommend The Pianist to students or adults interested in world history or World War II and to those who enjoy a good and exciting book that is actually true. It also involves some intense detail of certain events, but its written incredibly well and does not get too gory into the details. This book is definitely very interesting. Sometimes it seems like its fictional because the events don’t seem plausible because they are so horrendous and unimaginable, but Spzilman uses vivid word choice and description to make these events seem realistic. Also for this reason, the book is very interesting because these descriptions make it seems so real, and the nonfiction basis of it makes you think twice about how to treat others and to be careful of one’s judgments.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in anything dealing with global conflict in the 20th century. I've read several memoirs about WW2, and this one was one of my favorites. Szpilman really makes you stop and consider how lucky you are, being able to live without fearing for your life every day. It also makes you evaluate how much the war changed things- not politically or economically, but how it altered the lives of everyday people. I also found the Extracts from the Diary of Captain Wilm Hosenfield, and the epilogue written by Wolf Biermann to be really interesting, and add even more insight to the war, from different perspectives. Overall, I loved the book. I have no complaints, and would recommend it to almost anybody.