Author: Jon Clinch
About the Book: "The camp at Auschwitz took one year of my life, and of my own free will I gave it another four."
So begins The Thief of Auschwitz, the much-anticipated new novel from Jon Clinch, award-winning author of Finn and Kings of the Earth.
In The Thief of Auschwitz, Clinch steps for the first time beyond the deeply American roots of his earlier books to explore one of the darkest moments in mankind’s history—and to do so with the sympathy, vision, and heart that are the hallmarks of his work.
Told in two intertwining narratives, The Thief of Auschwitz takes readers on a dual journey: one into the death camp at Auschwitz with Jacob, Eidel, Max, and Lydia Rosen; the other into the heart of Max himself, now an aged but extremely vital—and outspoken—survivor. Max is a renowned painter, and he’s about to be honored with a retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. The truth, though, is that he’s been keeping a crucial secret from the art world—indeed from the world at large, and perhaps even from himself—all his life long.
The Thief of Auschwitz reveals that secret, along with others that lie in the heart of a family that’s called upon to endure—together and separately—the unendurable.
My Thoughts: This is one of those books that I don't know where to begin in trying to review it. The subject matter is of such significance, that my meager words will pale greatly in comparison.
Max is only 14 years old when his family is taken to Auschwitz. They had been moving from place to place for awhile, only putting off what I believe they knew was inevitable. They lose Lydia the first day there, as children aren't consider viable. Max is only saved due to his size - he is able to pass for 18 and so gets to live. The men are split from the women, so Eidel is sent to one side of the camp and Max and Jacob to the other. Jacob realizes that Lydia has been killed, and so Eidel also thinks the same fate has befallen Max. It isn't until she is able to bribe some information from a delivery man that she discovers that Max is alive.
The story is told by Max, when he is an old man living in America, and also by Jacob, Eidel and others in the death camp. At once we understand the futility of the life they are living, but at the same time we are given hope because we know that Max has survived. This story tells what Max's family endures in order for him to survive, and how much a family is willing to go through, with only hope to go on, that one of them might outlast the atrocities that they face day to day.
~I received a complimentary ecopy of The Thief of Auschwitz from Kelley and Hall Book Publicity in exchange for my unbiased review.~
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