Mischling is a gut-wrenching powerful story following 12 yr old twins Pearl and Stasha who are selected for testing in Josef Mendele‘s infamous “zoo.” Separated from their mother + grandfather they witness the horrors and severe abuse of Mengele‘s victims. This was so difficult to read at times that I had to step away to chill out. Grab the kleenex as it gets VERY descriptive in places. 4 ☆ 💔
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13 year-old twins Pearl & Stasha are 2 halves of a whole. Stasha is in charge of the funny, the future and takes on the bad. Pearl is the sad, the good and the past. They are despair and loss, hope and light. Through Konar's thoughtful and magical prose, the girls deliver their story in 2 halves in the hopes of becoming whole again. If your soul can survive the journey, you'll be rewarded by one of the most powerful & beautiful books of the year.
So beautifully written, which is a testament to the author since the setting is Mengele's Zoo during WWII. As the story unfolds, the tale of the twins is heartbreaking and what's done to them and others is horrifying, but the girls still manage to hold on to hopes of a future after the war when they can be together once more.
The photo is Josef Mengele. The monster whose experiments during the war prompted the author to write this novel.
Started this audiobook today at work. It's really well done, but I know I'm going to end up bawling by the end. Most WWII books do that to me. I will never understand the horrors humans inflict on other humans. Books like this, to me, are far more scary than ghosts or supernatural horror stories.
The always sweet and insightful @britt_brooke has hit the bog 250k, and is celebrating with a giveaway. And what a stack of books! I have only read A Little Life, and I want to read all the rest 🤞
Congrats on your milestone Brittany, it is well deserved! #250kgiveaway
I really wanted to like this and was so disappointed. I‘ve read several memoirs of holocaust survivors and maybe that‘s made me a tough critic. The twins in the story had a shared telepathy. Being a twin myself and not believing in telepathy, I found these parts distracting. There were also coincidences I thought were too good to be true and I thought the ending was very slow and I really had to push myself to finish the book. So bummed.
Well done book about twin sisters who suffered at the hands of Mengele during the Holocaust - while there are some horrifying moments, the story is well done and the characters are wonderful.
“One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year" (Anthony Doerr) “about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II... A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, MISCHLING defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.” #TBR | #Flowers - #ReadingResolutions
#NuYear #CallOutTheDogs Almost every account I‘ve read regarding the Holocaust always describes the insistent terrifying barking of ravenous dogs as the cattle cars arrived at Auschwitz. Ive heard survivors suffer from PTS whenever they hear barking dogs😥😥This January 27 marks the 13 annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 73 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz #weRemember #NeverAgain
I don't even have words for how good this book was. There were some very sad, hard to read parts throughout, but the story is so worth it. ❤ If you've been hesitating to read it, I'd highly recommend giving it a try.
For those of you who enjoyed Mischling, I'd recommend watching this video. It's a real life account of a twin who survived the Mengele Zoo, and it's a really powerful video to watch.
Starting my next book! This is a #BlameItOnLitsy. I've seen so many amazing posts about it, but I feel like it's going to be a really sad read.
✨I just started #mischling by #affinitykonar and so far it‘s pretty good. It will be a story that will break my heart I‘m sure. Especially as I have twins it‘s going to really tug on those heartstrings. If you‘ve read this one, what did you think about it?✨
I know some people are appalled by fiction about the Holocaust but anything that can give you even an inkling of how horrible the war was and help us to feel compassion helps us to remember. The genuine criticism of the book is that the language is almost too beautiful and flowery and that is true at times but still it was a very good audiobook.
I just couldn‘t finish this book. I tried for months, but it never held my attention like the other stuff I was reading. I think the characters/style just weren‘t my cup of tea...
Just a small portion of my #tbr section in the library. Are there any I should put at the top of my list?
• So, I've DNFed this book. It's deep, it's powerful, it's heartbreaking, it's shattered me - I cannot read anymore right now. The things it portrays are too close to possible reality. The children to easy to imagine to flesh. I'll finish it another time but this is a book that's going to take a few tries to get through safely. 〰#historicalfiction #book #booklover #bookstagram #bookblogger #bibliophile #met_createchange
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Mischling was a beautiful story, although of course also shocking and brutal as any that takes place in a Nazi concentration camp must be. I was interested to see the bit of overlap with Zookeeper's Wife, which I read a few months ago.
This book concludes my defined challenges for the year! #LitsyAtoZ, #BookRiotReadHarder, and #LitsyReadingChallenge (the bingo card one), all done! I'll keep working on #MountTBR for the rest of the year! 😊 🎉🎊
1- Last Vacation- The Netherlands
2- Comfort Food- Pancakes
3- Bucket List- New Foundland
4- Currently Reading- Owl Post Book, Mischling, and She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
5- I love all 3- Physical, Ebooks, and Audiobooks. ALL THE BOOKS ALL THE TIME!
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