29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Two hundred and twenty two pages of adrenalin!,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45 (Paperback)
This book tells the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman's incredible
and unlikely survival through the war years in occupied Warsaw.
Szpilman describes the horror of the Warsaw ghetto and tells of the sickening
brutality administered by the Gestapo and Jewish Secret Police
towards the Jews.
He narrates with a chilling frankness and leaves the reader feeling
both shocked and relieved that they are not in his situation.
The book reaches the pinnacle of sadnesss when Szpilman watches his
own family being taken in cattle trucks to the death camp in Treblinka.
Somehow though, he finds the will to carry on despite the odds being
stacked heavily against him. A house fire, accute malnutrition and
near capture are all obstacles in Szpilman's plight.
Eventually he is found by an German enemy soldier who saves him
from the brink of starvation and certain death...
Of all the second world war accounts I have read this has got to
be one of my favourites.
A captivating read - full of the stuff of escape and near misses
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