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The Rules of Perspective

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
It is April 1945, and the historic town of Lohenfelde is about to be overrun by the Allied Third Army. Huddled in the vaults of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Museum are Heinrich Hoffer and his three colleagues. Their petty rivalries and resentments surface quickly in this claustrophobic confinement as the four prepare themselves for their fate.

Above the ground, picking through the ru
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Vintage (first published June 28th 2005)
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Apr 09, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was in a local favorite book store listed as the best overlooked book of the year, and from the lack of reviews I'm not surprised. It is a wonderful book. Two stories; one of workers in a German museum and one of the American soldier who finds them.
Sep 17, 2015 Lorna rated it liked it
Hard one to review. Cleverly written and a different perspective on a well known historical period. Got tired of the name dropping and philosophising at times but in the end I was won over. Liked the art theme throughout.
Aug 20, 2014 Djuna rated it it was ok
Interessant verhaal maar slecht geschreven, hoewel dat ook aan de Nederlandse vertaling kan liggen.
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Oct 23, 2010 Pam Walter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed this book.

American advance on the German city of Lohenfelde (fiction city?) Germany, where 4 employees of a museum huddle in the museum's vault among hidden art treasures to wait out a bombing raid.

Neal Perry is an American corporal who is among the advancing Americans. Great character development and interaction.
Apr 05, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Even after the author reveals the fate of several characters in the first chapter, he is able to keep the suspense up until the very last page. You don't even know completely what has happened until the epilogue. It was a entirely different take on WWII novels.
Oct 07, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
A painting found in the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Lohenfeld, Germany is the common thread between the stories of the museum director and an American soldier as the town becomes a war zone in the last battle.
Mar 29, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
After sometime I still think back to how much I enjoyed the book. I have read some poetry by the author since but prefer the fiction. Beautiful.
Mar 16, 2011 Meredith rated it liked it
Very well written. Interesting juxtaposition of opposing sides during WWII - driving theme: art.
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What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Set in WW2 in a museum/art gallery in Berlin [s] 10 108 Feb 01, 2015 08:04AM  
Adam Thorpe is a British poet, novelist, and playwright whose works also include short stories and radio dramas.

Adam Thorpe was born in Paris and grew up in India, Cameroon, and England. Graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1979, he founded a touring theatre company, then settled in London to teach drama and English literature.

His first collection of poetry, Mornings in the Baltic (1988), w
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