Many times I have heard Edith Eger’s The Choice being pigeonholed as a memoir. The Choice is more than an memoir by a Holocaust survivor ; it is an eloquent exploration of how people do not realise how they can take control of powerful feelings through the choices they make.
Dr. Pietro Bartolo has worked with refugees on the Italian island of Lampedusa for the last twenty-five years. In this book he narrates their stories – alongside his own. It is a harrowing narrative of “man’s inhumanity to man”[i] juxtaposed with man’s ability to share compassion and kindness with each other in the face of adversity. It can be a harrowing read. We hear about the mother whose unborn child died at 36 weeks gestation as a result of the stress of the journey; the father who had to choose which child to save when the boat capsized; the brother who carried his paralysed brother on his back from Syria.