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The Seven Year Dress: A Novel Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01FEAX7AU
- Publisher : Early Girl Enterprises, LLC (8 May 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1871 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 142,979 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When retelling of the atrocities carried out by the Germans towards the Jewish people.
Even though the subject matter is hard to read about, Paulette Mahurin balances that beautifully with the enduring nature of family love and survival.
I highly recommend this book
The way the author's language portrayed the lead character's perspective really touched me... the unbelievable horror as well as the heartfelt compassion that she held in her heart to get her through what must be the worst ordeal ever!
It was not the horror I recall so much as that inimitable human spirit that others too manage to find when the worst hits - really interesting story.
We all know that many who committed these atrocities escaped punishment. I have undying faith that they would have been punished as no human being can ever forget the screams they would have heard. May they have many a sleepless night!!!.
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I have great admiration for Paulette's depth of research and her courage for taking on issues most people would rather shy away from... including myself.
Having said that, The Seven Year Dress deals with many such issues and with great detail, so much so, that I found myself having to put the book down at times, and even quickly skip over some parts. The reason being that the atrocities being described are too real... I strongly believe, these things really happened during the holocaust, and in some parts of the world, still do.
This story is not for everyone, and although the author states her reason for being so graphic, I'm not convinced that the extent of it was all that necessary.
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.
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.
Following her childhood in the 1920s and 1930s she grows up in a world that gradually closes in on her and her family and friends. Well researched and with great historical detail the book lets us witness the loss of ease and liberties as the unthinkable really happens.
Mahurin has chosen a great character: complex, clever and naive, fragile and resilient.
Excellently chosen side characters and 'side-issues' widen the field and make this all the more rewarding and stimulating a read. You know some of what will happen but there is enough unknown to make this an addictive and compelling read.
I was in awe of the powerful ending, the message of humanity and the survival of the human spirit. In fact, the entire book is powerful, from the tense prologue to the last word of the epilogue.
Much food for thought and very worthwhile your time.