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Worth Reading Once, But Pretty Forgettable
on 25 May 2015
I have now read this book 3 or 4 times over the years, and this time will be the last.
Maybe I am getting old and jaded, but the words boring and pointless come to mind.
She describes her daily life before and during the war, but most of the time she could well have been a German wife of an Englishman living in England during the war. The mundane reality of ordinary life during a war, together with bombing from above, was apparently not much different, according to the book, from life in England during the same time.
Yes, persecution of the Jews is mentioned, yes one could only talk freely with a known few, and yes there were shortages and a black market. But I learned nothing of the "feeling" of living in Nazi Germany, or even being in a totalitarian dictatorship.
Even the arrest of her husband, and his subsequent eventual release has a blandness to it that is a little disturbing. At times I was wishing she would just scream out loud with the horror of what was going on around her, but no; her life in a small German village could have been anywhere in England.
I admire her husband's support of the resistance against Hitler, and her support of her husband. But the matter of fact description of events generally leaves them in only two dimensions. I feel as though I should be more supportive of her book, and her time in Nazi Germany, but the detachment with which it is written puts me off.
The book is certainly worth reading once, perhaps it would have been better if I had left it at that.
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