jonathan lowenstein

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (28 of 31)
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Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is unquestionably the best book about Auschwitz ever written and may be the best Holocaust memoir ever written. Primo Levi was an Italian chemist and the book is modelled on Dante's Inferno: the first half depicts Auschwitz (the descent into hell) and the second half describes his adventures after liberation as he sought to get home (the ascent from hell). Levi's most extraordinary achievement is to write a book about his experiences in Auschwitz which is morally uplifting and asserts our common humanity. Read this book and you will know what it took to survive Auschwitz.
How To Train Your Dragon: How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I'm half-way through reading this aloud to my 6 year old boy. We both love it. There's a strong plot line, lots of gory-ness (but not too much) and a challenging use of words. I'm completely tired of the 'Horrid Henry' type books, with the familiar plot-lines about naughty kids, lack of imagination and dull language, and this shines in contrast. My kid isn't yet ready for the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe or the Edward Eager books, but this satisfies us both.