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Difficult but rewarding,
This review is from: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
Taduez Borowski's short stories of life in Auschwitz Birkenau are startling in their casualness, until one realises this is a front hiding the deep pain and anguish underneath. It was not possible to survive without accepting some moral compromises, and these tales, give occasional glimpses of the torment of the victim who is debased by the system.
On a more superficial level, there is a feel of what life must have been like, with the incidental horrors of the concentration camp marching alongside the everyday life of eating, working, and resting.
I have only given this book three stars because I found the stories difficult to follow and was never sure of the identity of the narrator (unlike, for instance, Primo Levi's work). However, don't let this put you off reading the book - there are frequent unforgettable passages.