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The Quiet Twin by Dan Vyleta
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012_release_read, mainstream, t_notable_books_2012

As I will have a full FBC rv close to its publication next year (I read an earc of the US edition, though the UK edition is out) only some points:

- a very dark novel written in a somewhat whimsical tone that most of the time tones down the horrors

- excellent atmosphere and memorable characters mostly set in a Viennese housing complex that in the spirit of the times mixed the better off with working poor and was supervised in the name of the Reich by a chief administrator/informer that worked hand in hand with the Gestapo and the police; the one here is an unusual one as being a formerly very respected University professor and physician that was tried for child rape (though acquitted) some years ago and finds National Socialism a good vehicle for his revenge on the Viennese society that shunned him after the trial

- mostly historical fiction and people looking for a mystery will be disappointed as there is no real such despite the talked about murders and the dog

- Vienna October-November 1939; the war has started, the Jews have been beaten and kicked out, though their murder is still only sporadic, the mentally sick and physically disabled are starting to be killed in hospitals for the good of the race, or at least this is what the characters believe (the actual killings started mostly in 1940, but rumors have been going around earlier), while forced sterilizations have been done for a while now

-integrity is rare, corruption and violence are common

- great interludes from the press of the times that read stranger than fiction

Excellent novel and highly recommended

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Reading Progress

November 6, 2011 – Shelved
November 8, 2011 – Started Reading
November 23, 2011 – Shelved as: mainstream
November 23, 2011 – Shelved as: 2012_release_read
November 23, 2011 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2014 – Shelved as: t_notable_books_2012

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