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The German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz
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Apr 13, 08

Recommended for: everyone

This is my number one book. It's about a painter who is forbidden to paint during the Third Reich. The story is told throught he eyes of a young boy whose father is responsible for making sure that the painter does not paint at all. Instead, the painter painstakingly paints them in his mind's eye. Some of these paintings he eventually executes and then hides. The descriptions are vivid, the reader can see these wonderful works of art in their minds as well. This is a fictionalized account of a true story about Emil Nolde the German Impressionist painter. Nolde was actually an Nazi sympathizer and the Unpainted Pictures created during this period are wonderful watercolors.
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