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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
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Jun 18, 2012

liked it

I didn't really like this book that much. Didn't seem particularly well-written, or interesting honestly. Also thought the translation was flawed, went to far in the "old-timey speak" for my liking.

To be fair there are some great parts. I was pretty moved when the detective accepts that he's on the wrong side and that the "criminals" have more moral power than he does. Also when poor protagonist realizes that nobody is reading his letters, and that his campaign against the Nazis has come to naught. But that was really it, and plenty of points I thought about putting it down, which is pretty rare for me. I didn't though.

I mean, really it's a fine historical thriller, with some interesting historical aspects considering Fallada's somewhat compromised position in relation to the Nazis. But I don't think it was that well done. And if you are trying to make a point about morality and art during such an awful time, you better make it good. I don't think Fallada did here.
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June 18, 2012 – Started Reading
June 18, 2012 – Shelved
June 26, 2012 – Finished Reading

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