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Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood
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Mar 23, 11

Read from March 19 to 23, 2011

I really enjoy Isherwood's swift character portrayals and crisp prose. Despite the comedy of much of this short book, the story is powerful for its portrayal of Europeans gradually realizing that war (WWII) is approaching.

My experience reading this was moving in that the copy I borrowed from the library happened to have been issued in 1945. It was a very small hardcover edition with very thin pages; the inside cover declared:

THIS IS A WARTIME BOOK
It is manufactured under emergency conditions and complies with the Government’s request to conserve essential materials in every possible way.

So the war felt especially present as I turned the delicate pages of this youthfully-written book.
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Andrew Schirmer My copy has a similar notice. Somehow, despite the "economy" implied, it has held up well. What a great read.


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Daphne I agree!


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