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Josefinas' Book Club: 'The Choice: Embrace the Possible'
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We're living in a somewhat quiet 21st Century Europe. But we're still concerned - at least those of us who are heedful! - about the accelerated growth of nationalist movements around the world.

'The Choice' reminds us that History has already been marked by racism, war, pain, and loss. It reminds us that, despite everything, we're lucky and can still change our reality. Our first suggestion of September comes to rock our world, and tells us that the path is not strewn with roses.'The Choice: Embrace the Possible' is a book by Edith Eger, which could be just a simple transcript of a conversation. Raw and cruel, but very motivating, the book tells the story of the author before, during and after her time in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

 

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She arrived there at the age of 16 and was one of the few people who managed to escape from one of the darkest events in the history of mankind alive. But her story goes beyond the classic 'memoir', and brings to light an important message that we want to share with you.

'The Choice' could easily be a dark book: it had a sad story, a youth marked by violence, and the background of a world at war. Fortunately, that's not the case. It's a testimony of perseverance, determination, and strength.

As we're shaken by the horrifying reality of the facts narrated, we learn to relativize the problems of our daily lives. We're forced to regard our life with different eyes. We look for tenacity and values of union, where we could easily let grief reign.

Edith was removed from a pile of bodies upon her release from Auschwitz, and after all the trauma and pain she experienced, she became a psychologist and learned how to face life with a force worth praising.

 

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It seems more than appropriate to encourage the reading of this inspiring book. To embrace this message of hope and unity, to learn -finally! - to live in society and start respecting the differences that make us unique.

Even now, almost a century later, information is our greatest asset.

 

Have you read this book? Share your opinions with us on Instagram, find our other suggestions, and accompany us on this reading adventure!

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