Review: Surviving the Angel of Death

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in AuschwitzSurviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is phenomenal.

I actually put off reading this book a couple of times, mainly because I wasn’t really in the mood for depressing subjects. Which was a pretty big mistake because while this is a memoir of an Auschwitz survivor, it is one of the most uplifting and inspirational books I’ve read in quite a while.

Eva Moses Kor along with her twin sister, witnessed true evil, barely managing to make it out alive. They went through a hell most will never know, and at such a pivotal time in their young lives. The torture they went through was horrendous, yet it is delivered in such a poetic way, focusing rather on Eva’s drive to survive. As the reader you still feel the sadness for the victims, and the anger towards Hitler, and those who believed his propaganda; we just get reminded that no other persons actions, regardless of the severity can define you.

The brilliant retelling of Eva’s memories into a more youth-friendly read, is a huge part of the success of this book. For the general population (i.e., the non-history buffs) young and old alike, Surviving the Angel of Death shows the unimaginable dehumanisation that Hitler and his Nazis forced upon the Jewish population in a way that is more approachable than we are accustomed to.

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Review: Yes, My Accent Is Real

Yes, My Accent is Real: A MemoirYes, My Accent is Real: A Memoir by Kunal Nayyar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Over the years my admiration of Kunal has only grown. I feel that he deserves a much bigger part on The Big Bang Theory than he has, but that’s for another time. We have watched as he brought Raj from a shy Indian boy with selective-mutism to the outgoing and fun-loving character his is now.

When the chance to read his ‘not really a memoir’ came up on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it, and boy, am I glad I did!

Kunal is a hilarious actor and his writing reflects that. His stories show his great devotion to his family and friends who all helped shape him into the actor we all get to watch every week.

He managed to make a book about his emigration from India that will not only be relatable to fellow immigrants, but also to anyone who is going through a significant change in their lives.

I personally loved his quirky humour and the connection you fell with Kunal’s younger self. His ‘life lessons’–most of which come from his father, are lessons that everyone would benefit from learning.

Overall,
Yes, My Accent is Real
is a great read about the life and culture of an awkward-yet-funny Indian emigrant finding himself in a new country.