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The Widow Killer by Pavel Kohout
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Nov 17, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: 20th-centurylit-late, eastern-central-european-lit
Read in November, 2008

Czechoslovakia. World War II. Serial killer.

One would think I would have been all over this one, all of the elements were in place for what should have been a thoroughly gripping book. I was even looking forward to reading it. Even with the setting and the story and all of the other details I should have been jonesing for, I never once got into this book. I read the entire thing, I tried to care even a little bit about any of the characters, but I absolutely could not. I kept reading in order to learn something maybe about the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, or to feel some tingle of emotion or interest for any of the people involved, but I learned nothing and I felt nothing. I hoped that reading a book by someone so involved in Charta 77 and the Prague Spring would hold my interest; sadly it did not and now I don't know if I want to read anything else by Kohout.

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Armin Hennig It's a great book with a dramatic ending. you missed something. I gabe it five starts

message 2: by El (new) - rated it 1 star

El Congratulations. I'm glad it worked for you. Please don't be so presumptuous as to believe that someone missed something if they didn't like a book.

message 3: by Armin (last edited Aug 31, 2012 05:26AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Armin Hennig After about 150 pages I would have said it's o.k. or maybe well done, or nice idea serial-killer in Prague during the last days of WW II instead of L.A. today.
And I did not meant you did not understood the book, which has the qualities of an avalanche, especially when the widow murderer becomes the leader of the czech Mob, who thinks it's time for revenge and Buback, his love and his czech partner are tryiong their best to solve the case and to stay alive.
The better part is still to come, but don't dare to expect a Hollywood happy end, Kohout is a pessimist and in all his novels the good guys or idealist get in the way of a bad world or under the wheels of fortune.

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