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A book club must : Huge themes and personal tragedy astutely interwoven, 7 May 2011
Germany was the enfant terrible of the 20th century and countless families were turned upside down by its tantrums. This is the story of one of them.
This book is also a merciless examination of alcoholism, chillingly plausible both in its cause and its effects. If only Bette Davis were still alive, there would have been an Oscar winning performance for her in the film of this book.
If you already know about Germany in the twentieth century this book will give you further insights as few others can. If you don't know the story read this book and find out. Who in Europe is not in some way a product of those upheavals, even today?
As if that weren't enough to keep you turning the pages there are absorbing analyses of the big sister little brother relationship, west end theatre and the creative processes of the painter.
That's why I recommend it for book clubs, there's so many themes to follow up and what's more they are so cleverly woven together.