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  • Mischling By Affinity Konar, A New York Times Notable BookAn Best Book of the YearA Barnes Noble Discover PickAn Indie Next PickA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Flavorwire Best Book of the YearAn Elle Best Book of the Year One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year Anthony Doerr about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II.PearlA New York Times Notable BookAn Best Book of the YearA Barnes Noble Discover PickAn Indie Next PickA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Flavorwire Best Book of the YearAn Elle Best Book of the Year One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year Anthony Doerr about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II.Pearl is in charge of the sad, the good, the past.Stasha must care for the funny, the future, the bad.It s 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin travel through Poland s devastation Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, MISCHLING defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.
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    1. Affinity Konar

      Affinity Konar was raised in California While writing MISCHLING, she worked as a tutor, proofreader, technical writer, and editor of children s educational workbooks She studied fiction at SFSU and Columbia She is of Polish Jewish descent, and currently lives in Los Angeles She dearly misses writing about Pearl and Stasha, and is grateful to any reader who might find the company of the twins.

    127 thoughts on “Mischling”

    1. For eight months we were afloat in amniotic snowfall, two rosy mittens resting on the lining of our mother I couldn t imagine anything grander than the womb we shared, but after the scaffolds of our brains were ivoried and our spleens were complete, Pearl wanted to see the world beyond us And so, with newborn pluck, she spat herself out of our mother A bit too arty and lacking in plot for my tastes.I was immediately intrigued when I saw Mischling on Netgalley Despite having read so many Holocaus [...]

    2. We don t always know ourselves, who we can become, what we may do, after evil has done what it likes with us.Coming of age is tough enough, but toss in a World War, a forced relocation to one of the most infamous vortices of evil the world has ever known, and, for good measure, add in being in the hands of one of the most truly black souled human beings to have ever fouled the surface of the earth But perhaps the light we cannot see is the one that illuminates the soul We meet Stasha and Pearl Z [...]

    3. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.I was so irritated with this book I debated whether to even write this review I haven t hated a novel this much since The Book Thief, except I think Mischling is the greater offender I shall try to explain why I am so upset In recent years I ve noticed an increasing number of fictional accounts of the Holocaust While there are innumerable books written about World War II, the novels that focus on the horrors of the concentration camps seem to go one of two routes th [...]

    4. I shared with another member this morning minutes after having finished reading Mischling ,.while still in bedat tears were rolling down my face I was shakenally shaken I tried to fall back to sleep and change my thoughts back to visuals of Alaska having now read both of Eowyn Ivey s books but instead I reached over to Paul snuggled his soon to wake for work sleeping body.d quietly cried holding onto him I asked for this pain I pre paid for this book many months ago Not having any idea what I wa [...]

    5. I was quite wary about starting Mischling having heard how powerful and harrowing it was from fellow readers What went on during the holocaust was without doubt inhumane, brutal and incomprehensible, however this book almost had a YA feel to it, so it tended to hold back just enough on the vivid brutalities.I loved the start to the story, beginning with the identical twins still in the womb and the thoughts of what Stasha was feeling as she and her twin Pearl were about to leave the safety of th [...]

    6. Oh myjust SO beautifully written This book is based on Dr Josef Mengele s Zoo experiments at Auschwitz, in which he tortured and experimented on twins, dwarves, albinos and any other victims that struck his fancy as unusual or special The subject matter is undeniably grim, but Konar gets her point across without being too graphic.The strongest part of the book, for me, was the first part, which tells the story of 12 year old twins Pearl and Stasha We come to know Auschwitz and Uncle Doctor Menge [...]

    7. This sobering story of identical twin sisters interred at Auschwitz and subjected to Mengele s horrific experiments is somewhat a tough read The reader is spared most of the nitty gritty details of his psychotic operations and vivisections, along with hints of the extremely high rate of executions We know that things went on but they are not described in detail or shown to us directly Because the reader is shielded from gruesome details, this would be an excellent book for grades 6 and up The ta [...]

    8. Mischling, you break my heart With gorgeous prose, you pulled me into what I expected to be my best read of the year You introduced me to the heinous Josef Mengele and his atrocities in a way that focused heavily on his duplicity, while keeping the darkest, most graphic details of his unimaginably sadistic and unconscionable experiments largely out of the story I saw this as a gift Enough was shared to make it clear this man was soulless Duality and division were themes carried throughout the st [...]

    9. Mischling the term was used during the Third Reich to characterize those who bore both Aryan and Jewish blood is not for the faint of heart It is nightmarish and shattering It is also dare I use the term uplifting It resists limpid sentimentality and the contortion of history and pays witness to the darkest of times from an entirely new perspective In short, I found the book to be astounding.Inspired by the non fictional book Children of the Flame, Affinity Konar focuses on a particularly horrif [...]

    10. This is such a hard book to review It s beautifully written but the subject matter is so horrific Stasha and Pearl are twins that are part of Dr Mengele s experimentation at Auschwitz While Konar tries to limit how graphically she describes some of these experiments, there is no escaping the gruesomeness The author explores all sorts of different themes family, faith, forgiveness and revenge The characters are fully realized In addition to the twins, Miri, a Jewish doctor forced to help Mengele [...]

    11. A Question of ToneAfter two quite different attempts to review this unusual Holocaust novel by Affinity Konar, I am finally giving up, with an admission that I probably missed the author s point The ostensible narrators are two Jewish girls, identical twins who, because their blonde hair made them look almost Aryan Mischling means of mixed blood , attracted the eye of the notorious Dr Josef Mengele at Auschwitz, making in them simultaneously his pets and the subjects of his most inhumane experim [...]

    12. 2.5 This is where I need to work out some complicated thoughts The author is a talented writer but this was not for me I wonder how I ll feel about it in the weeks to come.They lived in Uncle Mengele s Zoo and played games out in the yard called bury the dead They believed that their cooperation insured good treatment and extra favors for their loved ones They were twins or multiples, children of the holocaust, and victims of the cruelest and most inhumane medical experimentation ever conceived [...]

    13. Signed copy giveaway on my blog until 1 27 facebook suzyapprovedOne of the 100 Notable books of 2016 by the New York Times

    14. As I actually completed this book shortly before midnight, it is my final book of 2016, and while a difficult read, it is also very well done In spite of all the nonfiction I have read about the Holocaust and the horrors of the death camps, Mischling has opened my eyes and mind further.Mischling is an historic fiction written about one specific aspect of the Holocaust that I have heard about but never read many details of over the years Konar brings to life, through the eyes, ears and bodies of [...]

    15. Stasha would take the funny, the future, the bad I would take the sad, the past, the good Identical twins Pearl and Stasha arrived at Auschwitz as two halves of one whole Pearl, the eldest, was sweet and musical, Stasha fearless and imaginative Fresh off the transport train, the pair catch the eye of the notorious doctor Josef Mengele, who favors twins as subjects for his gruesome medical and genetic experiments At Auschwitz, being a double can be a good thing It can keep you alive for another d [...]

    16. 5.0 STARS By far one of very best books I read in 2016This is one of those rare books that reached my soul It broke down my DNA and reassembled my genetic code into something completely different from when I started the book It ripped my heart from my chest, tossed it about in an ethereal world of emotions, flooded with compassion, empathy and utter sadness and despair and finally forgiveness, and placed it back within my symmetrical anatomy with a loving, gentle caress It drained my tears until [...]

    17. Not just another Holocaust story The story of the twins of Auschwitz has largely been untold, because it is so horrifically evil and heart rending and yet it is a part of history that deserves our attention Stasha and Pearl are 12 year old twin sisters who will need to call upon their powerful and almost magical bond to survive, when they catch the eye of the infamous Josef Mengele the Angel of Death who preserves the lives of doubles in the death camp only to use them as subjects in his medical [...]

    18. 4 starsI fully expectedMischling to be a literary disaster, but I was very pleasantly surprised in the manner Affinity Konar was able to weave real life Holocaust atrocities and in the case of Angel of Death Josef Mengele, weave in real life monsters who perpetrated them , adding in just a pinch of Magical Realism davening pigeons anthropomorphized bears and jackals hell bent on retribution sure, why not and come up with a heartbreaking read that transcends its hideous subject matter I doubt tha [...]

    19. Affinity Konar is like Anthony Doerr in that she can find lyrical poetry in nightmarish, unfathomable scenarios that aren t necessarily easy to read, but should be read in order to remember and honor the painful lessons of our history Mischling deals with identical twins Pearl and Stasha, who arrive at Auschwitz with the strongest of bonds between them Pearl is the older of the two, the musical one, the dancer, and Stasha is the dreamer who seeks solace and distraction in her imagination The dia [...]

    20. What a privilege I felt being able to read this before the hype will break loose This was one of the most talked about books of the Frankfurther Book Fair 15 My guess is you will almost get tired of seeing it appear in short lists, best of 2016 lists and obnoxious recommendations just as this one so you can say it ll be this year s A little life Ok it s miserable Reading from the POV of twins being captured in Auschwitz, on a daily basis undergoing the horrific experiments by Mengele, is not a p [...]

    21. Mengele, hoffentlich schmorst du ewig in der H lle Mir hat das Buch aus verschiedenen Gr nden nicht gefallen Ich mag keine Verniedlichungen, M rchen, unrealistische Geschichten, Mystisches zum Thema Auschwitz.Beispiel Der Todesmarsch und die verbliebenen Kinder vom Onkel ich hasse dieses Wort mittlerweile m ssen mit Feliks bricht zusammen und knallt mit dem Gesicht auf eine Eisfl che A Konar schreibt dazu Sein aufgerissener Mund k sste das Eis Auschwitz f llt Denn als Auschwitz fiel, wurden die [...]

    22. I received this as an egalley through Edelweiss in return for an honest review I have read many Holocaust books in my life and thought that this one sounded exceptionally interesting, which is why I requested it The story of the twins and others who were subjected to Mengele s experiments is not one I have read before in historical fiction, and was thus eager to read it However, while the writing could be interesting at times, for the most part I found myself disengaged from the story and someti [...]

    23. My forgiveness was a constant repetition, and acknowledgement of the fact that I still lived it was proof that their experiments, their number, their samples, was all for naught I remained, a tribute to their underestimations of what a girl can endure.4.5 stars A beautifully written, well researched book about twins, Pearl and Stasha, who ends up in the Zoo at Auschwitz A place where death doctor, Josef Mengele, kept and performed experiments on all his especially selected children The author do [...]

    24. I find that it is quite difficult to talk about tragedies through the eyes of children without becoming twee Anthony Doerr s All the Light We Cannot See and Jonathan Safran Foer s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are paramount examples of this twee Foer pulls it off, Doerr not so much So I was a bit nervous in picking up this book, which deals with the particular part of Auschwitz called The Zoo in this area internees that were identical twins or had other genetic anomalies would be gathered [...]

    25. This book will be with me for a long, long time A melancholy timbre, wonderfully visual language, and two utterly remarkable girls at its center this one hurt my heart I can t do than simply describe how it made me feel and give some examples of the writing that I so enjoyed.Mischling is the account of twelve year old twin girls Pearl and Stasha as they describe their time in the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp during WWII I don t want to delve into the cruelty that was inflicted on all t [...]

    26. Crian as sobreviventes ao Zoo de Josef Mengele Auschwitz Janeiro de 1945 NOTA Quem pretender ler A Outra Metade de Mim n o deve ler a sinopse na contracapa da edi o portuguesa t nhamos de aprender a amar o mundo outra vez P g 320 A Outra Metade de Mim um romance de fic o da escritora norte americanaAffinity Konar com a narrativa a iniciar se no campo de concentra o de Auschwitz em 1994 Satsha e Pearl Zamorski com doze anos de idade, s o duas g meas judias polacas levadas, conjuntamente com a sua [...]

    27. DNF Don t read this book It is part of the growing trend of exploiting Holocaust materials in order to create a sensation and sell books As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors I was very upset by it, as I was by other fictional novels about the Holocaust Historical fiction concerning the Holocaust is very rarely done well, and the only good ones I ve read were written by people with strong personal connections to the events The writing in this novel felt so contrived, so full of effort to [...]

    28. I had the opportunity to hear the author, Affinity Konar, speak at the Tucson Festival of Books earlier this year and was taken by her soft spoken manner and her entire affect I could almost feel the pain she experienced in writing this phenomenal book which had been waiting patiently on my Kindle for months prior to the festival.From the first page, the language of this novel is transcending and ethereal despite the horrific facts the story is based on and the difficult themes and realities tha [...]

    29. Original Post Mischling at FLYL F flylef Mischling misch ling Hybrid half breed Used by the Third Reich to denote a person of mixed bloodW THAT MY formal education is behind me, I like to continue learning through my love of reading Despite a work of fiction, Mischling, by Affinity Konar, is a study into the most atrocious crimes of our history Powerful in nature and deeply researched in scope, it tells of the forgotten story of the twins of Auschwitz during the time of the Holocaust.Narrated by [...]

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