CILKA'S JOURNEY BY HEATHER MORRIS


PLOT SUMMARY:

In this follow-up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, the author tells the story, based on a true one, of a woman who survives Auschwitz, only to find herself locked away again.

Cilka Klein is 18 years old when Auschwitz-Birkenau is liberated by Soviet soldiers. But Cilka is one of the many women who is sentenced to a labour camp on charges of having helped the Nazis--with no consideration of the circumstances Cilka and women like her found themselves in as they struggled to survive. Once at the Vorkuta gulag in Sibera, where she is to serve her 15-year sentence, Cilka uses her wits, charm, and beauty to survive.


MY REVIEW:

There were a lot of mixed reviews about this, but I loved it! I was a huge fan of the Tattooist of Auschwitz and I liked that this book wasn't trying to be the same thing, it's its own story.

Morris does an amazing job of piecing together what she could to create a compelling and emotional story that truly showcases what the Holocaust was like for many people. I also really enjoyed how this is from a woman's perspective. It gives eye opening insights into what they went through during this awful period within our history, some of which is uncomfortable to read but it's something that shouldn't be ignored.

This is a story of strength, resilience and even love amidst a time when these may not seem possible.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Compelling

Inspiring

Shocking


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'It is is time to live no Cilka' he says. 'Without fear, and with the miracle of love.'

'Is that a poem?' she asks him, smiling through her tears.

'It's the beginning of one.'


FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Cilka, what a strong character and the journey you embark on with her builds a really strong connection with the reader.


OVERALL RATING:

8/10

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