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The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
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I read Sebastian Faulks's book A Possible Life recently and criticised it for being five disparate stories purporting to be a novel. The Dark Room is similar in that it's three narratives but this time they are connected by their being set in WW2 Germany.
The device works better here and I think it's because of the closer proximity of the stories. The protagonists' three different viewpoints on Facism make a three-dimensional whole that is solid and stands up to scrutiny.
The three stories show three views of Nazism: Helmut is ignorant (in its proper sense), Lore is innocent, and Micha is guilt-ridden. Each is written in a spare style that transfers emotions from the page to the reader's mind without pyrotechnics. It suits the subject matter well.
It's engaging and thought provoking.
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July 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
August 14, 2014 – Shelved

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