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FREE READ ✓ The Wrong Boy Ø The story of a Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz with her family She falls in love with the wrong boy – the German son of the camp commanderHanna is a talented pianist and the protected second daughter of middle class Hungarian Jews Relatively late in World War II the Budapest Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz Hanna G in the house is the commander’s son Karl A handsome young man who seems completely disengaged from what is happening around him Hanna hates him as he sits drawing in the music room But the longer Hanna goes to the house the she realises there are other things going on Secret things Karl may not be the person she thinks he is Before she knows it she has fallen in love with the wrong bo. In my opinion this would be a fantastic way to introduce younger people to the topic of the holocaust Sad but with happy hope filled moments as well Not overly graphic while also addressing the horrors that went onIt doesn't romanticise them through avoidance

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Becomes increasingly mentally ill until she too is taken away somewhere Her sister Erika is slowly starving to death Hanna is uite a naïve 15 year old but when presented with the opportunity to play piano for the camp commander she is desperate to be chosen She goes each day under guard to the commander’s house and stands waiting in case the commander should want some music Also livin. When I read a book about the Holocaust—or other terrible parts of history—my favorite part is almost always the middle the messy heartbreaking point when the plot is at its peak At the heart of the story the protagonist sees the most horrifying yet captivating details and is far from the tranuility of “before” and the relief of “after” I do enjoy watching the exposition shatter as characters are captured and seeing them weave their lives back together in the conclusion but I always struggle to turn away from the horrors of the story’s center However this was not the case with Playing for the Commandant—while I appreciated its every chapter my favorite parts spanned the first and last 50 pagesI fell in love with this story’s exposition for its masterful portrayal of the protagonist’s ignorance At the start of the story when Hanna and her family are forced to leave their home in their sealed ghetto she does not guess at the severity of the situation Even upon arriving at Auschwitz Birkenau Hanna still does not grasp the full scope of the evil surrounding her—for example when she sees people sent toward buildings seeping smoke she assumes they are being sent to work in factories This dark dramatic irony knowing that Hanna’s life is about to become far painful than she expects makes readers ache for her and makes the first few chapters a gripping openerHer innocence and hope carries her all the way until the end when it cracks in a conclusion that can only be called explosive I do not want to give too much away but I will say that the ending displays a calculated imperfection happy enough to be optimistic but sad enough to be realistic Suzy Zail chose a spot on ending for her story and I would not change a thing about itThe only segment in which I would make small alterations is the middle the section that has always been my favorite It does not have any major flaws but something small is missing something keeping me from becoming fully immersed in the story Perhaps it was the book’s length; at 245 pages it has little room for fleshing out dramatic details so the plot often skims over months in a matter of sentences Or perhaps it was the slightly too modern dialogue that springs up occasionally pulling readers out of the historical setting Whatever it was I never felt truly absorbed in the story as if I were there with the charactersHowever I cannot hold this flaw against Playing for the Commandant Despite my inability to fall into the story completely the plot still holds enough shocks and emotions to keep any reader invested I highly recommend this novel to any historical fiction fans and I hope that of Zail’s Australian writing soon makes its way to AmericaThis review originally appeared at wwwlitup reviewcom

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The Wrong BoyThe story of a Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz with her family She falls in love with the wrong boy – the German son of the camp commanderHanna is a talented pianist and the protected second daughter of middle class Hungarian Jews Relatively late in World War II the Budapest Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz Hanna and her mother and sister are separated from her father Her mother. 'The wrong boy' is not a fitting title for this novel neither is the synopsis The story of a Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz with her family She falls in love with the wrong boy – the German son of the camp commander Yes it’s a novel about star crossed lover This time it’s between a Jewish Hungarian girl and a German boy It does seem a bit wrong in a way as if the holocaust was a tragedy rather than a great atrocity I wish the author gave a second thought about the title It does not give the book enough justice ‘The wrong boy' doesn’t solely revolve around the camp commander’s son As for the historical accuracy concerning how life was in a concentration camp in Poland it isn’t anything you couldn’t discover by simply going on Wikipedia I thought it satisfactorily conveyed the emotions of the characters but of course I can’t be the judge of that I don’t think anyone can simply understand the emotions of those unfortunate people thrown in a concentration camps in World War II “Hanna Mendel liked to know what was going to happen next She was going to be a famous concert pianist She was going to wear her yellow dress to the dance on Saturday night But she didn’t plan on her street being turned into a ghetto She didn’t plan on being rounded up and thrown in a cattle truck She didn’t plan on spending her sixteenth birthday in Auschwitz in a wooden barrack with two hundred other prisoners” Hanna is naïve but she also has a strong optimistic side to her that makes her endearing As for the love interest Karla Jaeger there was no denying he was also an endearing character and the way his compassion and sympathy was presented made him very likable Although this book does give the impression of being mainly a love story it actually very strongly focuses on Hanna’s relationship with her mother father and especially with her older sister Overall I would recommend this but it surely isn’t anything impressive for a historical fiction However it’s heart warming or as heart warming a book about the holocaust can be