R. A. Brown

Taken in 2012
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (42 of 46)
Location: Hove, E.Sussex, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 12,501 - Total Helpful Votes: 42 of 46
The Last Days by Laurent Seksik
The Last Days by Laurent Seksik
'The Last Days' is a moving, concentrated, elegiac account of the events that led up to the suicide of Stefan and Lotte Zweig in Brazil in 1942. It concentrates on the last six months of their lives, in the remote, small villa they moved to, homing in on the many internal pressures that contributed to their fatal act. It's a brave and convincing blend of fact and fiction which, though it can only sketch in and suggest what might have happened, does justice to the seriousness of its subject. Seksik's slim novel goes a long way to answering the questions: why did they decide to kill themselves? What made it so imperative? And how should we regard it?

The narrative is split into six… Read more
(THAT MAD ACHE ) BY Sagan, Francoise (Author) Pape&hellip by Francoise Sagan
This is one of those timeless, French, romantic novels that explore with great delicacy and style the eternal love triangle, in this case centring on Lucile, a thirty year old Parisian, and the two men she is attached to: Charles, fifty, a calm and compassionate businessman who loves her unconditionally, and Antoine, her own age, with whom she has a passionate, all-consuming affair. The action takes place over a year or so during which Lucile, bored by the secure luxury of her life with Charles, leaves him to live with Antoine, who works as a literary editor. Their summer of passion (the 'mad ache' of the title) is beautifully evoked: Sagan knew how to create the atmosphere of sexual… Read more
House of Exile by Evelyn Juers
House of Exile by Evelyn Juers
One of the chief pleasures of this group portrait of Heinrich and Nelly Mann, of Thomas and Katia Mann, and their wide circle of family, friends, and colleagues, is to follow a highly informed and discriminating mind as it roves over and delves into a period of recent German and American history - from which emerges a new kind of biography. The narrative mainly covers the first half of the 20th century; the first third or so of it introduces the themes and the main characters of the book; the second is divided into yearly accounts covering the years 1934 to 1944 and beyond. It is a study of a group of distinguished Germanic writers who were forced to flee from the Nazis and settle as exiles… Read more