This is a most powerful book! It is not always easy reading because of its emotional impact, but the courage and enduring spirit throughout is truly compelling. It's a must-read true account from the Holocaust era. Don't miss it.
Just finished reading it and am still mulling what occurred in Nazi Poland. It's one atrocity after another, but somehow this true life man made it through and continued to do what he loved best - music. Great insert at the end of the book of the one German officer who actually helped him to survive.
A very moving true story about the second world war. The human spirit will rise no matter what the situation. The author lost his entire family. This story left me wondering if different paths were taken would they have had a better outcome? I would recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII.
Spilzman writes and shares a gripping and vivid story of his survival in Poland during World War II. A haunting, at times graphic, read. Spilzman escapes numerous times so closely from death. THE PIANISt was written from extracts of Spilzman's diary; a very talented artist. A great read on this era of WWII history.
Remarkable book, told by a survivor of the German occupation of Poland In world War II. It is moving,and horrible, and exposed an area of the cruelty of the Nazis I had not yet read much about. The inclusion of pf the diary of the German officer who ultimately saved him in the end adds a viewpoint from a German officer who was appalled by the atrocities, and himself saved may Jews.
"On September 23, 1939, Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp Minor live on the radio as shells exploded outside-so loudly that he couldn't hear his piano. It was the last live music broadcast from Warsaw; that day, a German bomb hit the station, and Polish Radio went off the air. Though he lost his entire family, Szpilman survived in hiding. In the end, his life was saved by a German officer who heard him play the same Chopin nocturne on a piano found among the rubble. Written immediately after the war and suppressed for decades, The Pianist is a stunning testament to astonishing human endurace and healing through compassion."
The powerful, bestselling memoir of a young Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds, alongside moving extracts from the diary of the German officer who saved his life. The writing is better than the movie as each act of horror becomes increasingly mind-numbing. It is hard to believe that he managed to survive.