A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar

A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie TidharRating: 3 / 5 stars
Format: Paperback
Published: 23rd October 2014
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Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world – a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets.

This is a really interesting holocaust story. I liked how it was about this guy Shomer who is trying to escape the harsh reality of living in a concentration camp by conjuring up this imaginary London and a down-on-his-luck detective. I really enjoyed the reveal where we find out who the detective – Wolf – really is. Looking back through the book there are rather big hints that someone smarter than me could have picked up on. But it was really interesting how the author (or Shomer) imagined how World War 2 could have been different if just a few things were changed.

However I did only give this book 3 stars. I found it was quite difficult to read about the holocaust, even though it was done very well. And honestly I was a bit surprised by the amount of sexual content in it.

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*I received a copy of this book from Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.


17 Responses to “A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar”

  1. Lynn Love

    Sounds like a really interesting idea- I think I might read it, despite only three stars out of five šŸ™‚

  2. moonike

    Sounds really interesting! You keep reading and reviewing books that I keep wanting to add to my already infinite to-read list.
    I can imagine though, how this could be a difficult read – every time I only think about the Boy in Striped Pyjamas (film) I feel as if I’m being attacked by a hundred dementors and the world is the darkest place.

    • bluchickenninja

      We must have a similar taste in books! My to-read list is now so long I’m afraid to look at it.

      I think all books/ movies about the holocaust are like that. Though I admit I’ve never read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

      • moonike

        Seems so, might be why I’m enjoying reading your blog-posts. Keep up the good work! šŸ™‚
        I haven’t read it either, but the film was enough. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (although, maybe historically not accurate) and the Grave of the Fireflies (an Japanese animated film about the aftermath of the atombombing of Nagasai and Hiroshima) are the two most saddest works of film ever. Both touch upon the atrocities of WW2 and the death of innocence.

  3. vgabow

    Sounds like something I’d really enjoy; thank you for reading and reviewing it! Books on the holocaust often touch a nerve, but for whatever reason I’ve always been drawn to them. A horrible period in history and it definitely lends itself to the theme of man’s inhumanity to man, but I always find myself entranced by that.

  4. Heather

    I think I’ll add this to my TBR. It sounds really interesting. Morbidly, I find stories set in the wars fascinating. I think they’re important for preserving history. There’s someone I know who’s only about four or five years older than me and she has no idea about the holocaust – and her daughter who is about thirteen I think has no idea about it either. That makes me sad.

    • bluchickenninja

      Yeah it was weirdly interesting. Even though the holocaust is a horrible thing to be reading about.

      I don’t know whats worse, not knowing about the holocaust or being one of those people who denies that it even happened.


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