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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (5 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905147201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905147205
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lantos has not only written a moving and sensitively narrated memoir, but he has also done an expert job of sleuthing his family's history in order to fill the heartbreaking gaps left by the Holocaust." "-- "Richard Zimler, author, "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon"

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Peter Lantos is a clinical neuroscientist who has recently retired from a Chair at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is internationally renowned in his field and edited the leading textbook in neuropathology. Born in Hungary, he has been living in London for nearly four decades.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BK on 11 May 2012
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This is an immensely readable memoir by a very remarkable man of events which will never lose their power to shock.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Zimler on 16 July 2006
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Lantos' world came undone when - as a small boy - he was deported by the Nazis to Bergen-Belsen. Many years later, after becoming a medical doctor in England, he returned to Hungary to reconstruct what happened to him and his family. His memoir is beautifully written and captivating, and he has done a wonderful job of discussing terrible suffering in simple, moving, and insightful ways. He has not only written a sensitively narrated memoir, but he has also done an expert job of sleuthing his family's history in order to fill in the heartbreaking gaps left by the Holocaust. I recommend this book highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maggiepaintpot on 6 Sep 2013
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Such a lovely, inspiring book, which kept me riveted throughout. A true account of a young boy's journey from childhood to Belsen, his survival and subsequent journey into manhood. A heartbreaking account of the suffering of the Jewish people and small pockets of kindness shown. A truly remarkable man who describes his life without a hint of self pity.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By factualauthor on 12 Sep 2012
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Peter Lantos' book 'Parallel Lines' is an amazing account of how the lives of his Hungarian Jewish family were affected by events in the second world war, and how small chances could allow people to be killed or live. Deported as a small boy along with his parents from Hungary to Bergen Belsen, Lantos tells how his father died and how he and his mother's lives were saved when they were put on a train out of the camp which was eventually liberated by the Americans. Other trains ended up in Auschwitz, his took a different turning. At the end of the war he and his mother returned to Hungary to discover that his elder brother had died. Other members of the family died, others survived. After the war the family were subjected to continuing anti semitism and then to action from the ruling Communist authorities. Lantos eventually came to this country where he became one of our most prominent neurosurgeons. Our gain was Hungary's great loss. One of the most poignant stories in the book is the telling of the death of his own mother who after surviving all the tribulations of the war died in a road accident. Lantos is a remarkable man and this book is fascinating, a few different turns could have led to a totally different story with very sad consequences.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H.A.B. on 4 April 2013
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The life story of a wonderful man….who allows us to see what was THE MOST HORRIFIC PART OF HISTORY, through his eyes…

It is not a book for the beach… and it is not a light story…
But it is a valuable book and it makes you think and APPRCIATE LIFE… and the luxury to be free…

THANK YOU Peter Lantos to share YOURS STORY with all of us….
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. TAYLOR on 4 Mar 2014
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Although I would not normally read this sort of book, it was one which had been selected for our book club and all members found it to be a moving story (although some found it a bit depressing).

Seen through the eyes of a child and also learning somebody managed to survive and make something of their lives despite such a tough start was interesting and provoked quite a bit of discussion in our meeting.

I recommend it as a good book .....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Looby on 13 Feb 2014
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A truly outstanding book, very well written and easy to follow.
I say a genuine thank you to the author.
Llew Sadler. Bolton Lancs
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Joan Gauge on 21 Sep 2013
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Very sad but appears to be very realistic as it was written 'first hand' really feel as though I now have a better insight into those halo owing days
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