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Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
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Apr 29, 11

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Read on April 30, 2011

Solemn, chilling, beautiful. I was reminded of my own two days in this city. I don't think I would have liked the book half as much if I hadn't been there.

Bits and pieces that jumped out at me:

"The lights of Hell are shining brightly this evening." (p. 122)

"All the poetry in the world is in that face." (p. 159)

"But the real heart of Berlin is a small damp black wood - the Tiergarten. At this time of the year, the cold begins to drive the peasant boys out of their tiny unprotected villages into the city, to look for food, and work. But the city, which glowed so brightly and invitingly in the night sky above the plains, is cold and cruel and dead. Its warmth is an illusion, a mirage of the winter desert. The cold drives them out of its streets, into the wood which is its cruel heart. And there they cower on benches, to starve and freeze, and dream of their far-away cottages stoves." (p. 231)

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