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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, 8 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Unexploded (Kindle Edition)
I was completely lost in many parts of this book and oblivious to the outside world which says a great deal about the writing. The unravelling of a marriage is beautifully described although I did not find Evelyn's husband, Geoffrey, so convincing or compelling as Otto.

Evelyn's neurosis about childbirth at the beginning is cleverly overcome through her relationship with Otto although I was not completely convinced by it. Painting over the blood stains in the ceiling were equally effective as were her accomplished cookery skills.

In the beginning I got confused between Otto and Philip’s friend, Orson and wished the author had chosen a different name for one of them. Two names beginning with ‘O’ create confusion in my poor memory! I thought the injuries to Hal were compelling but a little out of place in this narrative. We’d had enough horror with Otto’s story.

I loved reading about life in Brighton during the war and how frightening it must have been to be on the front line, to be the first to experience an invasion. I hadn’t thought about any of this before. Details like what banks would do with all the money was fascinating, the appalling condition of the prison camps, and the depth of anti-Semitism in England at that time is something I was unaware of because it is rarely discussed today. So applause for all of the pertinent historical backdrop to the book. Master class.

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3.0 out of 5 stars too many mistakes, 16 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Zoo Station (Kindle Edition)
Others have made the points about accuracy. But:

- It is Frankfurt an der Oder, not am Oder
- Leni Riefenstahl did Triumph of the Will in 1935. But the book refers to the fil as being issued in 1933!
- There should be an umlaut in Frauelein (instead of the first e) But the book has neither an e or the umlaut
- The football stuff raises doubts and looks to have been writen from a 2000+ perspective. Did fans go to away matches in 1939?

All these are niggly - but it destroys the confidence on the reader, in what is otherwise a good story
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