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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
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Mar 25, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

First, I would like to share that I've always find movies, documentaries and books about the first and second world war intriguing. I still can't picture that well how humans behaved the way they did.

Having said that, I never read a novel such as Alone in Berlin. It's a novel about a german couple. A german couple who didn't support the system and who "were alone" in this challenge they both set for themselves. For more than half the book you have this feeling of them in their own world, putting postcards around the city... because that's what they could do. That was in their hands, in their possibilities.

In the final 100 pages more or less, Fallada gives you a whole new perspective. A whole in world were Otto and Anna had to addapt as their own. People they met who influenced in them and who they influenced in. Real world you could say but it is put in such a way...

For me, the best part is in court. Were Otto's own lawyer decide not to do anything to safe him. On the contrary, he expresses clearly that his defendent is guilty and Otto makes a utterly accurate appreciation after this. I found it fascinating and have to admit I laughed loudly. Thank you Hans Fallada for that.

I couldn't like more Otto Quangel. His way of thinking (even though he was sometimes to close to the world, I could relate to him), his way of addapting and his way of always putting Ana needs first. He was a husband. He was a father. He was a citizen. He was a human being.

A great novel. I enjoyed it through each one of its pages. Hopefully, humankind will change for better... I can't say this kind of atrocities no longer take place because they do. But hopefully, there are more Anna's and Otto's who can always set an example of what being a decent human being is.
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Linda Lipko great review!

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