This was a hard book to read and even harder to formulate a response/review on. The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka’s Journey also deals with some very heavy themes. While there is hope throughout the novel, I was nauseous during the majority of reading it, imagining what it must have been like. I think novels like these are very important reads for our day, to remember what happens when we judge others for not being like us, and to remind us what humanity is capable of–both in terms of harming others and of having a will to survive.
Cilka’s Journey continues the story of Cilka–a real-life person, I might add–from her life in Auschwitz (woven throughout the previous book) to a Siberian prison camp. From the age of sixteen until she was in her thirties, Cilka lived through the unimaginable. Her life story was so inspiring and inconceivable to me, and definitely made me grateful for my own life. Both of these books are books I’d recommend highly, but it should be noted that you must not read them lightly. Maybe I’m just an empath, an emotional creature, but I felt physically sick reading both books, and was in a heavy, dark mood during and after the reading. Don’t read these in like January, when it’s dark and gloomy and you’re already down (unless you live in Australia). 🙂 Definitely try and surround yourself with light and love when you read it, because it’s easy to get sucked into the horrors of it, and you cannot affect change today when you’re stuck in the depression of yesterday. On the flip side, Cilka’s absolutely incredible courage and love for those around her when she easily could’ve given up hope and faith in humanity were so inspiring. These books reinforced my desire to champion those stuck in modern-day slavery and bring hope to places of darkness, and I am grateful for the perspectives and stories shared in them.
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review.
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