I first heard of this book and its author only a few weeks ago, when I read an article in the local newspaper in which a number of Australian writers were asked to nominate their favourite books of 2011. I don’t know why this particular work drew my attention, but I’m very glad that it did.
When the book was published in 1937, Irmgard Keun was living in exile in the Netherlands, her previous novels having been banned by the Nazi regime. As the editorial note at the end of the Kindle edition expl...more
The tension runs high from start to finish as the characters deal with the difficulties of life, under constant threat of being reported for the slightest hint of offense against the regime.
There was a sense of urgency about every scene in this book, which was a little tiring at times, but which I also think was necessary to convey the fear of the characters as they each battled the...more
I really enjoyed this short story. I had never heard...more
Take Cher from "Clueless" and plop her down in the "German" (that is, non-GI) scenes of "Inglorious Basterds." Now you have "After Midnight."
Food for Thought:
"Dann möchte ich manchmal das Fenster aufmachen und alle Männer von der Straße rufen, damit sie kommen und sich wundern, wie schön ich bin. Natürlich könnte ich das nie richtig tun. Aber es ist doch ein Jammer, daß jemand ganz allein für sich oft am schönsten ist"(6).
"Und er hat sie geheiratet, weil sie ihn bewunderte als einen dichtenden Gott und weil eine F...more
I picked up this book on a whim, mostly because it is part of Melville House's Neversink Library series. It was one of the best literary impulse buys I have ever made.
Far removed from the expected serious or somber tone of other literature dealing with life in Nazi Germany, the narrator Susanne recounts the events in the novel with the light-heartedness, simplicity, and flippancy of a teenage girl. This style makes for a fast and enjoyable read, and it is also the most striking aspect of the nov...more
I really enjoyed it. It's a sliver of a book and i ended up finishing it in a few hours. I don't really want to go too much into it as i feel it'll ruin the book, but if you have any interest in reading about what it was like to live under the Nazi regime as an ordinary German, then you'll love this.
Great read and i can't wait...more
Often I don't like stream-of-consciousness style, but Keun uses it to great effect. Really, since that was such a confused time for the German people, that style of writing is perfect.