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Korman’s Prayer Reader Reviews

Korman’s Prayer

Teresa Thomas

This was a well-written account of a man's account of his time in Auschwitz where he was taken away from his family and how he managed to survive the atrocity.

This was a well-written account of a man's account of his time in Auschwitz where he was taken away from his family and how he managed to survive the atrocity. It was told in such a way, that described how he felt, of what he had to do, all in the hope that he would see the rest of his family again.

Jane Brown

This book was a sad and harrowing read and for us today we need to understand- yes I shed a tear and yes I asked the question why. Recommended and well-written.

I have read a lot around the Holocaust and having read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I learnt that not all the death camps had tattoos of the prisoners. I nursed a polish gentleman in Bradford in the 90s who had tattooed numbers on his wrist- I remember my gasp and when he looked up he said I survived but said no more. How anyone survived was a miracle, what they put up with was barbaric and in human and I constantly ask the question why did so many go along with this and let this happen- a long time ago but must be remembered. I would recommend this book for school reading list it is brief but to the point and a great starting point to study in more depth. I have heard a diary of a polish girl similar to Anne Frank has been in the vaults and is due for publication too. This book was a sad and harrowing read and for us today we need to understand- yes I shed a tear and yes I asked the question why. Recommended and well-written.

Lois Cudjoe

It gets you on board with the story from the outset, conveys an inspiring sense of positivity unique to wartime fiction and will only take you one afternoon to read.

Korman’s Prayer is Margalit Kafni’s debut novella, published in May 2019. It is set in Poland during the Second World War when an impressionable young man, Henry Korman, with big ambitions, is forcefully separated from his family and sentenced to more than two years in an Auschwitz prison camp. Kafni’s uniquely optimistic story told through Henry’s heart-rending perspective, is about finding hope and compassion in even the most atrocious of places. As such Korman’s prayer conveyed a much lighter tone than most other wartime fiction I’ve read, by placing more emphasis on the refining ability of extreme adversity. Despite the many parallels to other books of its niche, I thought Korman’s Prayer held its own in the way it explored the book’s core themes of finding happiness and strength. I loved the way the protagonist, Henry, epitomized these themes through the growth of his character, though I wish the transition from his infancy into his adolescence hadn’t felt so rushed and sudden. Personally, I prefer the type of novel I can really sink my teeth into; however, I was still moved by this one-sitting read, despite the issues I had with it. I felt like the final part of the story became it bit too cloying in terms of its overly positive rhetoric. I also thought that the writing felt unfinished, meaning that I, unfortunately, spotted one or two mistakes, but who’s counting? Overall, I would say that Korman’s Prayer is definitely worth a read. It gets you on board with the story from the outset, conveys an inspiring sense of positivity unique to wartime fiction and will only take you one afternoon to read.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781097688449
Publication date: 9th May 2019
Author: Margalit Kafni
Publisher: Bluesource And Friends
Format: Paperback
Genres: Historical Fiction,
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