The happiest man on earth

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3.9

An emotional roller coaster that gives you perspective on the challenges we face everyday and how to stay happy and always moving forward.

Title: The happiest man on earth

Author: Eddie Jaku R.I.P

Year: 2020

Summary:With the passing of Eddie Jaku just a couple of weeks before this was posted we thank you for your contribution to the world. R.I.P our good friend Eddie. An absolutely harrowing story of a holocaust survivor who now considers himself the "Happiest man on earth". Eddie takes you on his journey through one of the most traumatic experiences people have gone through in the modern world. Let him take you on a journey as he manages to find a way to stay strong, positive and maintains his will to keep on living, when it would be so easy to give up. More than anything this book gives every reader a new perspective to look at the hardships in their lives and to value the things we tend to take for granted.

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Book cover for The Happiest man on earth by author Eddie Jaku. Black background with an old man in a suit and tie softly smiling at you.
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Readability

5.0

Detail

3.0

Learnability

3.0

Topic accuracy

4.0

Real world application

4.0

Reviewer's comment:

An emotional read, certainly have the tissues ready! Our new friend Eddie, certainly knows how to get us to emotionally connect to him and his story. Read it quickly, and really brings perspective into your life.

Pros

Connect Emotionally very easily

Easy Read

Cons

Not sure if the title is quite relevant -other than to sell a book

Readability

5.0

Detail

3.0

Learnability

2.0

Topic accuracy

5.0

Real world application

3.0

Reviewer's comment:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a deep and emotional story that captured you the whole way through. Once you start you definitely don’t want to put it down and it opened my eyes to some of the horrific things that happened during the Holocaust. I will criticise however the “happiest man on earth” statement. Yes he overcome horrendous adversity and struggle, but there is definitely a lot of resentment for his homeland and the people (with good reason) but I think it misses the mark on that point.

Pros

Very well written

Captures you from the beginning

Emotional rollercoaster

Cons

Large gaps in the story

It ends with the end of the war. I’d like to hear more about his life after the war.

Readability

5.0

Detail

4.0

Learnability

3.0

Topic accuracy

5.0

Real world application

4.0

Reviewer's comment:

Just as many tears as lessons, highly recommend. Couldn't put it down! Read it in two sittings

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Readability

5.0

Detail

3.0

Learnability

5.0

Topic accuracy

3.0

Real world application

5.0

Reviewer's comment:

Title: The Happiest Man on Earth Author: Eddie Jaku Publisher: Pan Macmillan Age Range: 13+ to Adults Themes: Hope, Resilience, Tolerance, Understanding, Friendship and Gratitude. If you are looking for an extremely powerful book, this is it. Many important lessons can be learnt and numerous positive points of view can be adopted by reading this historical autobiography. Eddie Jaku shares his memoirs of his darkest days between the years 1938-1945, when he was an Auschwitz survivor. Jaku describes in detail the times he experienced immense suffering by the misguided powerful Nazi regime. Jaku’s book reads differently to numerous other books written on the same topic, as his words leave a lasting impression on the reader by adopting a message of hope. He has a beautiful way of informing the reader of past events and repackaging them into words of optimism and hope. He pays tribute to the over 6 million people whose lives were cut short in a way so-as to turn the bad into good. He wants the world to know this was not in vain: “And I know that for every cruel person in the world, there is a kind one”. Jaku’s writing is beautifully crafted and done with elegance. It has been written as expressions of kindness within a world of cruelty. It allows the reader to empathise with him. But more importantly it helps the reader understand the atrocities that went on during that bleak time in history. The book motivates and empowers the reader with hope and inspiration to make a change for the better. He uses the troubled times he experienced and witnessed, and uses them impart to teach the reader lessons he has learnt throughout his lifetime. Jaku ,himself, is now a grand centenarian. He has lived a rich and full life through times of exceptional hardness. He reminisces fondly about his childhood and his extended family with love, admiration, praise, wonder and awe. “Kindness is the greatest wealth of all. Small acts of kindness last longer than a lifetime” To spend time reading this book is like spending time with a wise relative who is only trying to help by imparting good advice to follow. It is an ideal choice to give to mature high school aged children as well as adults. As the Queensland curriculum introduces the atrocities of WWII and the Prisoner of War etc. It will serve those who read the book with a generous helping of historical events, a large dollop of empathy and a side serve of gratitude.

Pros

A rare gem of a book

Cons

Readability

5.0

Detail

4.0

Learnability

3.0

Topic accuracy

4.0

Real world application

3.0

Reviewer's comment:

Well written book and a very easy listen for the Audible version. It was incredibly insightful and yet still horrifying to hear of the atroscities performed by the Nazi's during the war. In regards to the books general premise about happiness, I found it difficult to relate to the situations that Eddie finds himself in. I certainly feel for the Jewish people and the struggles that Eddie went through, but it's difficult to imagine myself in a similar situation and even more difficult to relate the extremes of the war to the current day. After completing the book, I was left feeling quite down and honestly could not comprehend the 'happiness' side of the story.

Pros

Well written

Cons

Difficult to relate to

No practical applications for modern life

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