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Adam and Evelyn

2.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  199 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
From one of Germany’s finest writers comes a wonderfully light and humorous novel set during the tumultuous events of 1989. A wobbling Hungary has just opened its borders to Austria enabling a flood of refugees to escape, the Berlin Wall is on the cusp of falling, and, yet, seemingly sheltered from this onrushing new world in their idyllic East German home are Adam, a tail ...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published (first published 2008)
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Αραγε τα πολιτικά γεγονότα διέπονται από τους ίδιους νόμους που διέπουν και τα προσωπικά; Είναι ίσως ένα από τα ερωτήματα του βιβλίου καθώς το κύριο δίλημμα των κεντρικών χαρακτήρων δεν αφορά μόνο στο εάν πρέπει να μείνουν με κάποιο σύντροφο ή όχι, αλλά ταυτόχρονα και στο εάν πρέπει να αποσχίσουν στη Δύση αλλάζοντας σελίδα στη ζωή τους. Μοιάζουν αλληλένδετα αυτά τα δύο.

Το ζήτημα φαίνεται να μην απασχολεί ιδιαίτερα τον μάλλον 'απολιτικό' Αδάμ που βλέπει τη ζωή του στην Ανατολική Γερμανία με τη σ
On a certain level, I very much enjoyed Adam and Evelyn. The writing is clever and intelligent, and I remained interesting in the lives of the characters until the very end. But on a more fundamental level, Adam and Evelyn is a very problematic book. With all its clever writing, the actual plot and background is often very, very vague. Though this makes the storytelling very realistic, it is also incredibly frustrating to read a novel and never really be sure what is going on behind the scenes.

Nov 24, 2014 Carlos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adão e Eva no Mundo Socialista

O escritor Ingo Schulze passou boa parte da vida na Alemanha Oriental pré-queda do muro de Berlim. Fez dos traumas e das arestas da reunificação das duas Alemanhas tema central de seu livro mais reconhecido internacionalmente, o caudaloso romance Vidas Novas. Neste livro mais curto, Adam e Evelyn (Tradução de Sergio Tellaroli, 380 páginas, R$ 63), que a Cosac Naify está publicando agora, Schulze também se vale do fim dos regimes comunistas na Europa como pano de fun
Tina Siegel
Sep 06, 2014 Tina Siegel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. Built-in tension, because it's set in mid to late 1989 (AKA just before the Wall came down). Interesting aside: you think you know when and where the Iron Curtain opened for the first time, but you don't. ;)

Anyway, back to Adam and Eve: Loved the plot, and the characters were flawed enough to be both human and exasperating, which also made them endearing. The actual writing is very brisk - kind of sketching out the most important information, then letting your imagination fill in t
Feb 17, 2012 Gulsun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the insight from a personal perspective to an interesting time period in history.

There is something very romantic and sexy about the idea developed around Adam's prefession and its link to his personal life.
The bottomline you get from the book is something that we all know (i.e. making your own paradise primarily depends on, besides your personal relationships, doing a job you like and devotion to perfect your skill at it given that you have the option to choose it as a career). Ye
Jan 16, 2013 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ingo Schulze's novel Adam & Evelyn takes place primarily during a four month span in the summer and fall of 1989 when a tumultuous series of events in Eastern Europe culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall. Schulze's purpose in writing this novel might have been to present an event that had (and has) global ramifications from the perspective of ordinary people who were experiencing it while it happened, at ground level as it were. Adam and Evelyn live in East Berlin. Their lives are busy a ...more
I liked more the communism part than the story between Adam & Evelyn which i am sure it was actually just an umbrella for the main story. You need to know stuff about communism to understand some aspects-one that comes to my mind right now is the 'funny' moment happening at the inn, just after the border, when Adam is suspecting the courtesy of the inn's workers(a normal thing in a civilized country but a rare aspect in a communist one) is a sign they are after something :)) but also very tr ...more
Kristiina Widenius
Lukupiirikirja. Horjahtelee päämäärättömästi komedian ja melodraaman välillä muttei sentään sorru juurikaan ostalgisoimaan. Keskusteluja paikoin vaikea seurata, liekö sitten alkutekstin ongelma vai käännöksen. Kiinnostavuutta paransivat hiukan miespäähenkilön ammatti ja harratus: vaateompelu ja valokuvaus.
May 01, 2012 Marta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
M'eh? This book is written in a style that is not conducive to reading 20 or 30 pages and then putting it down for 4-5 days. You kind of need a good block of time to read and get through it. The conversations can be disjointed and it will take several pages to figure out who is talking and who is saying what. Usually I can do that but this time I could not. I don't fault the author just me but I still can't rate it that high.
Interesting story woven around the events of the fall of the Berlin wal
Jul 24, 2012 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest Ingo Schulze novel is an odd hybrid of sex comedy, road trip, and existential thriller. In Adam and Evelyn, the original sin occurs when an East German tailor named Adam sleeps with a female client. His girlfriend Evelyn catches him with his pants down, then flees to Hungary with a friend and her cousin. On impulse, Adam stalks her across Europe and tries to woo her back to paradise...Like any road trip, there are moments of tedium, particularly in the middle section, where the charac ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book was the context to the story. It takes place when the Berlin wall is about to come down and things are changing for people in East Germany. Adam goes to Hungary, chasing after his girlfriend Eve after she caught him with another woman. The dialogue is boring and repetitious but the details about the border crossings and people's fears and thoughts about what is going to happen to them as the political situation changes are the interesting part of the story.
Tegenvallend boek over een interessante periode in de Europese geschiedenis. Helaas bestaat het verhaal vooral uit dialogen met ruzietjes.

Ik vond het erg rommelig geschreven en vermakelijk (zoals op de kaft staat aangegeven) was het zelden.
Het kan ook aan mij gelegen hebben hoor maar ik had absoluut geen idee wat voor mensen Adam, Evelyn en de diverse andere personages waren.
Ik had ook graag wat meer informatie gekregen over de historische gebeurtenissen die plaatsvonden.
Kris Fernandez-everett
a good start is betrayed by a ponderous, ham-fisted ending... i actually didn't end up reading this in translation -- i read it in german -- so perhaps the translation made up for the fact that almost exactly in the middle of the book, the entire point of its existence shifted... by the end, i was sick of just about every character... 2.5 stars rounds up to 3 on goodreads... 4 stars for the first half, 2 for the second, i suppose...
Cristina Pana
Jun 12, 2015 Cristina Pana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Multe dialoguri, evenimente fragmentate la maxim... O ameteala de carte din care nu am inteles nimic. Bine ca s-a terminat!
Dec 20, 2010 Stan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read about an interesting time... the fall of the Eastern Block in the summer of 1989, but perhaps because I am not familiar with all the social dynamics of that time, I didn't find it totally engaging. Also, the story of the relationship between Adam and Evelyn was not in and of itself very compelling. Still, it was a pleasant enough read. I think I need the ending explained to me a bit though.
Sep 27, 2009 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein Buch der Optionen - Welches ist der richtige, welches der falsche Weg? Behalte ich das Alte, das Bekannte oder wage ich den Sprung in das Neue? Ein Stück deutsch-deutscher Geschichte, erzählt von einem Meister der Dialoge: Wenn sich Adam und Evelyn im Zug über Ihr "Neues Leben" unterhalten, fühlt man sich wie ein Spion, der ihren Gesprächen heimlich lauscht, so nah dran ist man an den Figuren.
Jul 04, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this was really interesting, and I enjoyed following the plot, but the book was really dialogue-heavy and I feel like something was lost in the translation; I found it difficult to keep track of who was talking, and sometimes what they were talking about. Things jumped around a lot, too. I didn't hate it, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Mar 25, 2012 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This should've been right up my alley - a German author writing about life during the beginning of the fall of the GDR. I couldn't connect with the characters at all, which was very disappointing. I was expecting more of a "Goodbye Lenin!" sort of story...sadly, this was not the case.
Interesting book. A little disjointed reading experience for me. I liked getting a sense of the competing feelings of people living in East Germany in 1989.
May 07, 2012 Sasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this entire book was dialogue. it read like a script. sometimes i had no idea who was talking. but i felt like I was in east/west germany in 1989.
Christian Krüger
May 04, 2014 Christian Krüger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hier ist Schulze ein wirklich unterhaltsames Buch gelungen. Es bleibt immer die Frage: Wer wurde nun aus welchem Paradies vertrieben.
Oana Kovacs
May 30, 2012 Oana Kovacs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than expected. It is the least classic love story. Simply and normal. Real life.
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Ingo Schulze is a German writer born in Dresden in former East Germany. He studied classical philology at the University of Jena for five years, and, until the German reunification, was an assistant director (dramatic arts advisor) at the State Theatre in Altenburg 45 km south of Leipzig for two years. After oversleeping the events of the night of November 9 1989, Schultze started a newspaper with ...more
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