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Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
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Read from April 30 to May 14, 2017 , read count: 1

I thought this was going to be a fictionalization of Isherwood's diary but it isn't. Having read Going to the Dogs, both of the Isherwoods, Mr. Norris and this one, don't add much to the picture of Berlin in the 30s. Still, I enjoyed most The Landauers because of the character of Bernhard. He's cruel in his seduction of Isherwood much as Isherwood is cruel in his avoidance of the covert flirting of Natalia, Bernhard's cousin.
To mention the political environment of bigotry, armed activism and social change in Berlin, I'm glad the book reminded me how brutal the Nazis were even before they came to power and how much the pre-1933 was an open war between Nazis and Communists. One tends to forget that with the subsequent events.
In this political turmoil, Berlin is seen as a city of extreme poverty which inevitably leads delinquency and moral degeneration.
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