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You Are Not Like Other Mothers

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
You Are Not Like Other Mothers is the story of Else Krischner, a free spirited mother of three sons. The novel spans the first half of the 20th century, from World War I through the Jewish Else’s exile in Bulgaria during World War II. Multi-layered and epic in scope, the narrative incorporates numerous sub-plots and secondary characters to provide a richly rendered portrai ...more
Paperback, 535 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Europa Editions (first published January 1st 1994)
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Inés
Nov 27, 2016 Inés rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3'5 Me ha gustado bastante pero tiene altibajos y eso ha hecho que en algunos tramos de la novela decayera mi interés http://huellalibrosicc.blogspot.com.e... ...more
Libros Prestados
Las madres son personas. Sé que ésta es una idea de perogrullo, pero es también algo que las hijas (y los hijos) tardamos años en admitir. Son personas y tienen deseos y vidas propias. Son personas y por lo tanto son falibles. Son personas y tuvieron un pasado antes de ti.

Ésta es la historia de Else, la madre de la autora, que en una Alemania cambiante, en el periodo de entreguerras, rompió las barreras de su educación judía burguesa y decidió vivir la vida de lleno. Eso le causaría satisfaccion
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Todor
Feb 05, 2016 Todor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
Impressive! It is really strange this book isn't more popular. I found it gripping to read about what I consider the worst event in human history from a very "inner" perspective and to follow the journey of the heroine from ultimate happiness and freedom to total destruction. What made it even more intriguing to me personally, was the fact that the events all take place in cities I've lived in for years or visited many times, including my hometown of Sofia. There are multiple accurate observatio ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
May 03, 2012 Cynthia Mcarthur rated it it was amazing
You Are Not Like Other Mothers is a simple title for a book that is neither simple fiction nor dry enough to be called non-fiction. Instead it is a narrative vacuum into which the reader is sucked along with the author’s thoughtful (if belated) understanding of her flighty, pleasure-seeking mother, Else, and those who lived in Else’s world.

A middle-class Jewish girl in pre-WWI Berlin, Else, to her parents’ horror, loved Christmas trees; as a new wife and mother, she elopes with the moody, artist
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Tuck
Jul 23, 2013 Tuck rated it it was amazing
a family saga of german jews revolving around Else 1909-1949, who as a young woman decided to break all conventions, and if it became so, to have a baby with all her different lovers. she had 3 children from 3 different "husbands", and reveled in the world of art, dance , and music. her third man, goody, and their daughter, angeli, was mom's jackpot of sorts, herr dr schrobsdorff was very very rich, which allowed else to live the life she wanted. then a certain insane dictator took over. she and ...more
Ada
4,5

M'ha agradat molt. Però m'hagués agradat que acabés d'una altra manera. No pel que fa el contingut, és clar, ja que és tracta d'una història real, sinó pel que fa la forma. Jo he trobat molt més trepidants els fragments narrats (que són majoria) que els fragments epistolars (que tanquen la novel·la). Crec que entenc la decisió de l'autora, pel fet de donar veu directa a la mare, però a mi aquest final se m'ha fet una MICA (en comparació a la resta de la novel·la) feixuc.

Però bé, tot això és p
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Tabuyo
Apr 04, 2016 Tabuyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, no-ficci-n
Una historia de no ficción que se lee perfectamente como si lo fuera. Se desarrolla en Berlín y abarca las dos guerras mundiales. La autora nos habla de la vida de su madre, de su familia y de la suya propia. Me ha gustado mucho la verdad y os lo recomiendo. http://contandoteunlibro.blogspot.com...
Vaniglia Harris
Oct 22, 2016 Vaniglia Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"Aveva trentacinque anni, un'ottima salute e una bellezza esotica. Si, aveva tutto, tranne il matrimonio. E nonostante si fosse scrollata di dosso le convenzioni e gli obblighi della società borghese, per lei il matrimonio continuava a rappresentare il coronamento della vita di una donna."

Angelika Schrobsdorff è morta nel luglio scorso, a 88 anni. Della sua morte non si è molto parlato in Italia, così come poco si parla dei suoi libri e di lei stessa (non esiste su Wikipedia in italiano, ad esem
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María
Nov 01, 2016 María rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todos deberíamos leer este libro por la historia que cuenta y por cómo lo cuenta. La autora narra la vida de su madre y la suya propia. La vida de una familia berlinesa judía que por encima de todo se considera alemana y que no supo ver el peligro que corrían con la llegada de los nazis al poder. Pasan de la opulencia a la mayor de las miserias durante la segunda guerra mundial, la autora relatar la historia de su madre con una gran riqueza léxica consiguiendo un ritmo narrativo que hace imposib ...more
Susan
Dec 07, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
Much of the criticism of this book is valid. It jumps from third to first person and back again. There are no chapters, and the story seems to ramble, tediously for some readers. So, yes, the story could have been edited and presented in a more effective fashion.

The story itself is fascinating. Although the book is categorized as fiction, it appears to loosely follow the author's mother's life. I'm guessing that much of it is true and accurate, and it was designated as fiction for those parts wh
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Mientras Leo
Muy entretenido, pero no tan bueno como había leído que era por ahí.
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Israel Montoya Baquero
"Hemos sobrevivido, muertas"
A primera vista, podría parecer que estamos ante la enésima obra literaria que trata el tumultuoso periodo vivido en Alemania desde principios del siglo XX hasta la caida del régimen nacionalsocialista. Y si, ese es el trasfondo donde se desarrollan las vidas de los protagonistas de esta ¿novela?¿conjunto epistolar?
Lo que sí está claro es que cada una de las páginas destilan una delicadeza, un sentimiento, que nos hace tener que parpadear, en ocasiones para retener l
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Peter Jakobs
Oct 12, 2013 Peter Jakobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the life of a Jewish German woman from the years 1900 to 1949, written-up by her daughter. Her life can be split into 3 phases:
1: growing-up in a non-orthodox middle-class family in Berlin eager to escape from this milieu and entering the more modern Christian way of life
2: enjoying a luxurary life with Christian men, having 3 kids from 3 different fathers
3: experiencing the political pressure against her and her family in Nazi-Germany, emigration to Bulgaria, German army in Bul
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Becky Sharp
Jul 16, 2016 Becky Sharp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No tengo palabras. Un documento lleno de belleza sobre una época feliz y despreocupada... y sobre el horror que le sucedió. Ha habido momentos muy duros que me han llevado casi hasta las lágrimas. Pero también han habido momentos divertidos, despreocupados y felices.
Un libro muy recomendable.
Josh
Mar 04, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: europa-editions
Angelika Schrobsdorff’s “You Are Not Like Other Mothers” is not like any book I have read in some time. Telling the story of the author’s mother as she lived in the first half of the twentieth century in Germany, Schrobsdorff equally combines memoir, fiction and letters between Angelika’s mother and her friends and family. Note: by fiction, I mean reconstruction of events the author was either too young to remember or not alive or present for. Others have found the blending of narrative styles ...more
Bookslut
Dec 14, 2012 Bookslut rated it liked it
Shelves: nazis-n-jews
This book had a slow start, and I probably wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't been stuck without another option for a few days.

That being said, I'm really glad I stayed the course. The book, which was filed in the fiction section of the library, reads more like a biography (I believe this is a fictionalized account of the author's mother's life, drawn from the mother's written correspondence and the author's memories). I felt really drawn in by this woman's life, and got a very different per
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Lou
I thought I'd enjoy the writing more than I did, though I'll blame partly the translation for this (spotted quite a few mistakes that, hopefully, will be corrected in future editions) and the pace, marked by the real-life events and History, was clumsy at times, but it is precisely this, the reality the author and her family lived, which gives heart and energy to this book.

Am I the only one who can't fully enjoy a story when you know the tragic outcome? It happens to me with every Plath or Wool
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Julia
Sep 15, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and heartbreaking novel that spans German-Jewish history from the 1920s to the present. The mother in question is a free spirit whose quest for love eclipses all other concerns. With three children by three different men, she finds herself without protection during the rise of Hitler. The most striking thing about the novel to me is the author's effective depiction of how well-off Jews failed to recognize the danger posed by Nazism until they became prisoners within their country. Th ...more
Ana PF
Aug 27, 2016 Ana PF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al llevar ya tantas lecturas con la Alemania del Tercer Reich de fondo, creo que en ese sentido me ha pillado ya saturada, pero por lo demás, son unas memorias bastante valientes y bien narradas. Schrobsdorff hace un retrato amante pero sincero de su madre en todas las dimensiones. El personaje de Else es...complicado, pero juzgarla sería un error bastante reaccionario por parte del lector. Es mejor ver su vida como un viaje, uno truncado, pero un viaje. El final, así como el retrato que queda d ...more
Elizabeth Lind
Jun 19, 2012 Elizabeth Lind rated it liked it


It was interesting that one of the reviewers compared it to Gone With the Wind. This woman was a little bit Scarlett O'Hara like. I didn't like her at all...she was incredibly self-absorbed. It was interesting the way the author allowed the final section of the book to speak for itself. She lets the reader make up her own
Mind about her and about her mother.
Catherine
Jul 07, 2012 Catherine rated it liked it
This midsection of this book could have used some editing. It rambles on and on. But the story on the whole was interesting.
Shannon Stevens
Aug 08, 2012 Shannon Stevens rated it did not like it
Shelves: can-t-finish
I just can't bring myself to finish this book. Dont' care about the characters at all.
Aleka
Jun 18, 2016 Aleka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2016d
Impresionante historia.
Sub_zero
Dec 13, 2016 Sub_zero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2016, memoir
Tú no eres como otras madres es quizá uno de los libros que más revuelo han causado en nuestro país durante el presente curso. Y con razón. La obra de Angelika Schrobsdorff es una apasionante reconstrucción de la vida de su madre, Else Kirschner, durante el Berlín de los años 20 y el auge del nazismo en Alemania. Unas memorias elaboradas décadas después del fallecimiento de su protagonista que dan buena cuenta de una época vertiginosa, cambiante y que no hacía presagiar bajo ningún concepto el s ...more
Jim Leckband
Nov 09, 2016 Jim Leckband rated it really liked it
The blurb that says this is the German Gone with the Wind is a good analogy, though it is probably a bit better written.

However, a book about a society going mad and electing a madman their leader while the sane people are destroyed is not the book I should have read before Nov. 8 2016 in the Ununited States of America.
Sandra Rodríguez-Orta Rigo
No, no me ha gustado. Empieza bien pero enseguida se me ha hecho aburrido por lento y por frívolo. Frívolo y superficial como su protagonista que no se entera de nada ni sirve para nada. Un libro que creí que sería el retrato de una época y que, para mí, no es más que el conjunto inacabable de los recuerdos de la infancia de alguien que no me importa ni me interesa.

Quizás una peli...
Margaret
You Are Not Like Other Mothers was lauded as the German Gone with the Wind in the front flap description, so I was a bit unsure (I do not like Gone With the Wind). This fictionalized memoir (or novel based on the author's life depending on the interpretation) focuses on the early 20th century in Germany, and the life of Else, who wants to experience the most different elements of German society from her own Jewish upbringing. She continually frustrates convention, choosing to live her life th ...more
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Angelika Schrobsdorff (born December 24, 1927, Freiburg im Breisgau) is a German writer and actress.

Her mother Else, whose first marriage was to the author Fritz Schwiefert, was an assimilated Jew; her father was a member of the wealthy Berlin bourgeoisie. She grew up in Berlin and in 1938 fled, with her mother and sister, to Sofia, Bulgaria, where she remained until the end of the war. Her grandm
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