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The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
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Sep 04, 2014

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bookshelves: contemporary
Read from June 12 to 16, 2011

I feel the start of the novel had a very different focus and style to what it evolved into. The glass house as other readers have said offers a prism from within which we can read the dichotomies of transparency/opacity, fragility/stability which characterise the book's historical setting. I found it difficult to digest the absurd number of failing relationships where no one seems capable of maintaining a monogamous relationship. However if we think about the political relationships between the Allies and Hitler, then this relentless flux, fluidity and temporaneous sort of union between multiple characters seems wholly appropriate. I enjoyed this book but found the first part more interesting for its language and focus on the characters' relationship with the building itself. The rest of the novel departed almost completely from the Glass Room itself, using it only as a vague compass point impose a connection between otherwise unconnected characters.

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