Friday, December 27, 2013

Samson by Shawn Hoffman

How does one review a book that was so emotionally exhausting and give the experience of reading it the justice it deserves?   How do you "recommend" a book that is so frighteningly riveting because of the horrors told that you know aren't truly a work of fiction?

I chose to read this book because I believe that we must remember historical events, such as the Holocaust, or we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.  This is not a fun, feel-good read.  But the story of Samson Abrams, his family, Dr. Mengele, and others is one of a Jewish Olympic boxer's fight with what he truly believes and how he tries to use his gift to better the lives of his family while in Auschwitz.

I really appreciated the level of Shawn Hoffman's research he did for this book and was morbidly mesmerized by the tale.  I read the book in one day, partly because I couldn't put the book down and partly because I really wanted to finish the book so the heaviness in my heart to go away.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. I asked myself the same question after reading this book: how do you recommend it? I rather struggled finding the right words for my review actually... I hope lots of people will read "Samson". It's a tough read but at the same so worthwhile.

    Best wishes from Germany!