'Anca's Story' by Seffina Desforges. This is a story of the Holocaust of World War 2.
Three young children smuggle themselves into Auschwitz in search for their parents.
If you're looking for werewolves, vampires and faeries and paranormal fantasy, try somewhere else. The only wolf in this story is very real, and the only connection with vampires is the distant Transylvanian mountains in Romania, where this story begins.
If you're looking for light-reading where they all live happily ever after then again, try somewhere else.
If you want serious, no-holds-barred literary fiction set against the background of real historic events, then this is for you.
Saffina Desforges made her name writing hard-hitting crime fiction.
This book is about that most horrific crime of all: genocide.
The book opens with the Survivor being mocked by an uninterested young person, but as Anca tells her story, respect for her incredible survival and moving on, after the war, is felt.
My review: 5 stars
I wonder if English is a second language for the author, as the English is totally accurate, but in a way that a native to the language is unlikely to use.
But that part can be partially explained - there were so few who survived the Holocaust, and each survivor's story is probably just as unlikely.
But still - 5 stars. This was an incredible story that kept my interest from start to finish. It brought history to life. This is a very good book. I recommend it.
|Anca survived, Nicholae survived, even Elone survived.|
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From the author (actually one of the author partnership known as Seffina Desforges)
Anca's Story was written with the imminent WWII anniversaries in mind.
70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of WWII in 2015, and the
75th anniversary in 2020. Not for commercial reasons (we really didn't expect
this to sell anywhere near as well as it has) but because these anniversaries
will be the last major commemorations when there will still be people alive who
lived through the events, hence the choice to have Anca herself narrate the
story. The title itself was deliberately low key, and we opted not to make the
main character a Jew to remind everyone the Holocaust was much more than just
anti-Semitism gone mad. although of course the wonderful Elone is there to make
sure that side of the story is heard.
In answer to my criticism of the unnatural language:
The choice was deliberate. The narrator, Anca, is very much an English as second language person. There were probably very few native-English speakers in the concentration camps, and Anca's generation would have learned and spoken English in such a fashion
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