The Pianist

The Pianist

The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45

Book - 1999
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Suppressed for decades, this post-World War II memoir of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a musician who survived in Warsaw between 1939 and 1945, offers a testimony to the power of music and humanity.
Publisher: New York :, Picador USA,, [1999]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780312263768
Branch Call Number: 940.5318092 SZ592S
Characteristics: 221 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hosenfeld, Wilm


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Nov 05, 2019

I really liked the book The Pianist. It really showed how hopeful people were in the times near the beginning of the war. I think that this is really accurate as they were still hopeful that events would unfold similarly as the first world war, with France holding their ground and eventually driving the Germans back. I think that the author was really able to put himself in the shoes of the Jews living in Poland in 1939-42. I think that this is because of the large amount of research evident in his writing. I would say the most impressive part of this book is that it is based upon a true story. The author was able to describe the metal stress on Szpilman and his extracts from a german officer who saved his life really helped convey the message being told in the story. I think that the book is a very powerful statement on the limits of human tolerance. I also really liked the way that the author told Szpilman’s story as he not only told it from the perspective of Szpilman, but also from other’s thoughts on him.

Overall, I gave this book a 10/10 because of how well it was written and how deep it went in human emotion and detail. I would recommend this book to anyone since it is so well written and it is not that difficult to understand.

Feb 14, 2014

This book is much, much better than the movie. It is not full of black and white people and situations. This book was actually banned in Communist Poland because it cast a German soldier in a humane light. It was not until the fall of Communism in Poland that it was re-released. In my view it is the best book I have read on life during the German occupation of Warsaw.

May 27, 2012

This book is very touching!!!!!!!! I've read this book for a novel study project, and if i had a chance to choose a different book, I wouldn't.......This book is definetly on my top 10 books.The Pianist describes the holocaust in such a vivid description!!!!!!! I REALLY RECCOMEND THIS FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! A MUST READ! :)


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