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The Rules of Perspective: A Novel

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
On April 3, 1945, the advancing American army shells the historic town of Lohenfelde, and the Kaiser-Wilhelm museum. Within the museum's vaults, Heinrich Hoffer is hiding from the bombardment, and trying to keep a priceless Van Gogh from falling into the hands of a rogue Nazi. After the shelling, an American corporal, Neal Parry, finds a beautiful eighteenth-century oil pa ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Picador (first published June 28th 2005)
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John
Apr 09, 2009 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
James
Oct 03, 2014 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
RollingT
The story focuses on three major characters, a museum official, a German officer, and an American soldier. Interesting but not gripping.
Pam Walter
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.
Samantha
Mar 05, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Steve
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.
Lorna
Sep 17, 2015 Lorna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Meredith
Very well written. Interesting juxtaposition of opposing sides during WWII - driving theme: art.
Anne
Oct 02, 2013 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Djuna
Aug 15, 2014 Djuna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interessant verhaal maar slecht geschreven, hoewel dat ook aan de Nederlandse vertaling kan liggen.
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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  
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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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