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Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

Sophie’s Choice revolves around three characters and three story lines. The protagonist, Stingo, is an aspiring writer from the South who stumbles upon Sophie and Nathan when moving into his apartment in New York. Sophie serves as the beautiful and damaged love interest, a Polish woman and a survivor of Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp. Nathan, a handsome and successful biologist, brings both darkness and light into their lives. Stingo’s journey as an individual and a writer, Sophie’s troubled past, and Sophie and Nathan’s tumultuous relationship all come together in a convoluted, intensely passionate triangle that will break readers’ hearts.

This was my first time reading Styron. Continue reading

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

This is a difficult book for me to review. I’ll keep it short and simple by saying that though The Boy in the Striped Pajamas has flaws, it resonated with me and I was very moved by it. The presentation of Auschwitz through Bruno was powerful in that it forces readers to draw their own conclusions and meanings based on John Boyne’s simple storytelling.

Not a book for everyone, but I liked it.

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