on 26 March 2015
This book was really educating,to read about what this man and his family went through was awful, and all the people that didn't survive the awful torture was a way of life, it's hard to believe that things like that happened. I hoped and hoped he would find some members of his family, I suppose he really did in the end.
on 6 March 2014
I have read lots of books about the holocaust but none has moved me to tears the way this one has. A truly heartbreaking, powerful and informative read. I couldn't put the book down. I am very fussy with books and will only rate high if it is deserved, this book is a must read for people interested in learning about the true extent of the holocaust and the impact it had on the people involved.
on 4 August 2016
A pretty gripping read on a powerful subject, but for me, I felt that I'd read the same story in several other books (is that a bad thing?).
Try Elie Wiesel's 'Night' for a true account of the horrors of the Holocaust, or Eva's Story: A Survivor's Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank by Eva Schloss, who I once met and is an amazing woman.
Still, not a bad read on a horrific chapter of history.
on 29 September 2014
This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Author: Dana Fitzwater Cornell
Title: My Mother's Ring
Generally, the readers liked the cover. They thought the image of the fence was powerful although a few thought the lettering colour and font were a little `odd'. They also commented positively on the blurb; although long, it did entice the readers to open the book.
I cannot honestly say the readers `enjoyed' this story. They felt it was moving, often shocking and very informative, but nobody put that they enjoyed it. ne reader (woman, aged 45) put in her feedback, `This is a shocking tale describing a shocking time in Germany's history. The author did a fantastic job of showing how terrible the holocaust was. But, I must say, it's not the sort of story to read at bedtime. You'll never sleep.'
Another reader (man, aged 51) put in his feedback, `I have read a number of books which look at the Jewish holocaust and this, I thought was excellent. Disturbing, yes, shocking, yes, but, still, excellent. I though this book was particularly good as it did not always focus on the terrible things that happened back then. For example, the German guard who helps the boy and allows him to fix his boots; he even got him out of prison. Thank God, even during such a terrible time, there were still a few who possessed humanity.'
The readers thought the book was well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. They felt that the story was well paced and the ending, although sad, was very well written. All of the readers enjoyed the last line.
A few of the readers thought the pace of the story was a little too fast, particularly when he discovered what happened to his mother. The same happened when he got the letter to Dorothy. I felt the end of the book was rushed. I followed the character all the way through his terrible ordeals but I don't think I really got to know him.'
Most of the readers enjoyed the style of writing. They felt it was simple, easy to follow and, often, very factual almost like a history book. This style worked well for many of the readers. But a number of the readers felt the style was too cold and the author brushed over the feeling of the central character. They felt it was too `historical' and not enough `novel'.
TO SUM UP 30/40
Of the 15 readers:
13 thought the cover and blurb were excellent.
12 would like to read another book by this author.
9 felt the best part of the book was how informative it was.
2 felt the best part of the book was the `emotions' it pulled from the reader.
7 felt the ending felt a little rushed although they all loved the last few paragraphs.
`A moving, often shocking account of a boy trapped in the horrific world of Nazi Germany. Highly recommended.' The Wishing Shelf Awards