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Lehrter Station by David Downing
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Feb 04, 2012

Read from October 30 to November 04, 2012 , read count: 1

The fifth part of David Downing's series about British journalist John Russell and his German girlfriend Effi Koenen is (again) largely set in Berlin, in the last months of 1945. And, just like with the earlier books, the author's research has been flawless: Downing paints an accurate and vivid picture of an annihilated city, in which people struggle to survive anyway they can - and try to come to terms with whatever it is they've done (or neglected to do) in the years before. The plot is not very elaborated, and character development may be underexposed, but that's completely irrelevant; it's the brilliantly captured atmosphere of post-war Berlin that grants existence to this book.

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