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A Century of Wisdom

Lessons From the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor

Stoessinger, Caroline

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Century of Wisdom
Collects life lessons by a Holocaust survivor and concert pianist, sharing the wisdom she has gleaned and insights into her resolve to thrive in spite of loss and her choice to harbor no bitterness toward her oppressors.

Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0679644016
Characteristics: xxi, 232 p. :,port. ;,20 cm


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Aug 05, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's really too bad this is so poorly written, because I'm sure the actual story would be unforgettable. However, the book is written in a sort of 'that day she went to the store, this person said hi' way that doesn't do service to the woman's history. Maybe a professional writer will get hold of the story and do it justice at some point. Meanwhile, I can't finish this one.

May 03, 2013
  • AQUILEA777 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Alice Herz-Sommer was never in a concentration camp and was not in the Holocaust. She passed the War giving piano recitals in Theresienstadt, which was not a concentration camp. The book badly misstates conditions there. See my detailed comment with the Audiobook entry for this title.

Mar 05, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A wonderful subject for a biography, and worthy of a better writer. Mrs. Herz-Sommer's story and attitude are amazing, and kept me reading. The writing is amateurish, repetitive, hagiographic, and has odd gaps that are filled in later for no apparent literary reason. While the overall story was transcribed from interviews, the book is written generally in chronological order and so these gaps are a bit jarring.

Jan 24, 2013
  • kathheal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story of perseverance and simplicity from a world famous pianist who survived the concentration camps, partly by providing concerts, and who at 109 years of age still practices the piano daily.


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