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Through the words of Helen Stein we gain an understanding of a life lived in a concentration camp. We also get to know and understand how strength, hope, and self preservation can overcome the most horrendous life imaginable.
Paulette Mahurin shows great writing skills and character building in The Seven Year Dress. The narrative and the story will pull at your heart strings. Mahurin is a talented author and proves this by writing a story with very few characters in it but the The Seven Year Dress is a full, in depth and complete narrative that makes it compulsive reading.
Based upon a true story, the book tells the story of Helen, a Jewish girl from Berlin, as she struggles to survive in the run up to the Second World War and through the war itself. As her friends and family fall victim, one by one, to the evil of the Third Reich, Helen’s struggle for survival becomes desperate as she faces the horrors of hiding and, eventually, imprisonment in Auschwitz.
The book is beautifully written and Helen, the main character, felt very real. Much of the action (if you can describe it the plethora of beatings and executions as that) was described sparingly so that I felt disengaged from the action, and for me that was a good thing, although Helen came across plenty of good people in her journey through horror.
Despite its positive ending, I can’t, in all honesty, say I enjoyed The Seven Year Dress, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book. I strongly recommend it, if you’re prepared for the challenges of the subject matter.
This story is inspiring, set in a time which many of us cannot even think to understand the atrocities that were being experienced by thousands in camps. Paulette expresses herself articulately and artfully in a way that respects the history, tugs on your heart and pulls you deep into the story to build understanding.
I highly recommend this book and this author’s writing style.
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