Audie Award Winner, Biography and Memoir, 2013
Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.
©1999 Sara Tuvel Bernstein (P)2011 Tantor
"There are many recent accounts of Holocaust victims, but this work stands alone as a testimony to personal strength and an independent spirit." (Library Journal)
Obviously, this type of book isn't for everyone, because, even if you're generally interested, it can weigh you down a bit. I devoured it in a short time, but even then, took a few breaks just to lighten my mood. That being said, it isn't horrible in terms of violence or extreme scenes, and overall is uplifting. I really would hope it would get more coverage, because the story and the treatment of it both wonderful. The writer (or writers, more precisely) kept just the right emotional tone, where what has to be dealt with, whatever it is in the story, is being dealt with, just as you would experience it firsthand, if it were you. One forgets that at every stage in the increasing horrors that happened under the Nazis, those experiencing them only dealt with what was in front of their eyes at that moment, with no context that we have now in hindsight. More than most books of this genre, this seems to allow you to feel the moment to moment reality yourself in a way that is very engaging and satisfying. That was part of the message of the book, really, that each relationship we have, each person in themselves, is valuable, which is the essential horror of the holocaust that for that time and for those people, they rejected that concept in such a profound way.
The story was strong and while I was listening to it I was also read another book about another Hungarian Jewish family torn apart by war. The stories were not meant to be read together, but what they did was to elevate my understanding of war and hate and desire to live.
These people survived on courage, on need to be on the very essence of winning their place on this planet. I loved Sarin the main character...the oldest sister. And of course I could not help wondering if I too could have survived. it was a good good listen. I suggest it to anyone who is willing to struggle through all the inhumanity.
Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit
Don't know. I am an audio book fan
Who else but Sarah. She is the story.
Her voice portrayed the strength and emotion of the main character. One of my favorite reads of all time.
I did have a reaction to this book and so this is why I am writing this review. Yes, it made me cry and I mean big ole tears.
I love books that bring strong, warm characters, historical perspectives and facts. This book had it all. One of my all time favorites, can't be missed.
A very well written story of a woman, whose story predates, survives and continues after the holocaust. Often a sad, sad story, but strangely mixed with triumph, admiration and some joy.
Well presented by a matter of fact reading that parallels the matter of fact, unprepossessing manner of a woman who had neither the time or inclination to feel sorry for herself.
Story only four star as an indication of concern for those who might struggle with depression while reading this.
Chillingly apropos for the war-torn time and world in which we live.
I wish I could hug and thank Sara for her sacrifice and for enduring the horrific terrors brought by the SS. An inspiring story by a true survivor. It's a miracle she survived. Her determination and mothering instincts kept her, Ellen, Esther and Lilly alive for so long. Thank you for sharing her story.
Loved the narrator. Fantastic job.
Nice story. However I think it's an injustice slightly because a lot was withheld on what they were put through and how badly the suffering really was. I think this was due to the author being severely haunted by the memory of it all and couldn't discuss it because it brought it all flooding back giving her nightmares. Her being a positive person in the face of death to keep herself and loved ones alive prevented her from being truly honest and telling a full account about the whole event. It was engrained in her to survive and got in the way. A Lovely woman. How sad to think she couldn't talk about the holocaust because of the horrors and murderous losses and living in fear for the little bit of family to survive. She had to be strong so others wouldn't give in and die. People are already forgetting what happened. We cannot forget because if we do, it will happen again! They are already prepping for it. This time a plan is in effect so the outcome is in their favor this time. The control won't be lost. We need to open our eyes and see the obvious and prepare! Take your head out of the sand it doesn't go away just because you choose to live in ignorance. Doing this only makes it a death penalty for your grandchildren and a future of slavery for their children.
This is the true story of a woman's survival. Not did she survive but she helped others to survive. Her courage to survive was truly amazing. This is a must book to listen to.
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