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5.0 out of 5 stars Hello to old Berlin
This book is known as the original of "Cabaret"- which is why I bought it. And am I glad I did- don't expect the story as seen on stage or film, for here you will find several accounts of pre-war Berlin from various view points. The book is made up of several, smaller, novella's that are vaguely related while independent in themselves. Isherwood's strength...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at society in 1930's Berlin
An enjoyable read and window onto life in 1930s Berlin. It's not a novel so expect lots of loose ends, however the payback is that it's likely to be a truer representation of the people, poverty and decadence of the times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ, 21 Nov 2013
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well picked this book up not knowing what to expect and could not put it down again until i finished it... great read..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted and beautifully written image of the social life of Berlin before WW2, 28 Feb 2014
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This is nothing like Berlin Diary by William L Shirer although both cover the later part of the 1930s, it is not punchy and does not contain Shirer's more global perspective ot the pre-war events in Germany.

However, it is charming and well written and good enough to make me want to read more by Herr Issyvoo (the name his landlady called Isherwood). To sum up, the autobiography of a young man, slightly dreamy, living the life of an impoverished student in Berlin to learn German and surviving by teaching English he describes his encounters with the demi-monde and the rich alike, all sorts of strange characters, with a rare perception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable prose and memorable characters, 25 Mar 2012
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Many readers will be drawn to 'Goodbye to Berlin' because the film Cabaret is loosely based on it, but Sally Bowles is just one of many idiosyncratic Berliners, both natives and expats, whose stories are told in this novel. Beginning with the dissolute group of night-owls and prostitutes with whom he shares a boarding house, the narrator, 'Christopher Isherwood', recounts a series of story-length anecdotes about characters whose lives intertwine with his in 1930s Berlin. The narrator may be strangely familiar but the characters are fictional, and range from the deliciously comic Otto, the malevolent teenage gigolo, to the fine and upstanding Landauer family - Jewish and therefore doomed. Isherwood's beautifully measured prose has just the right balance of detached observation and affectionate tribute to make this a thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable read, with characters you're likely to reflect on long after finishing the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good indeed, 8 Nov 2009
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Not much happens in the book in terms or plot or action but that is the whole point. Isherwood has captured the social social and economic plight of Berlin and indeed Europe. The characters are indepth and full of richness. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the book gives an eerie feeling about Berlin at the ..., 14 July 2014
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the book gives an eerie feeling about Berlin at the time of the rise of Hitler. It is all the more authentic for its timing which leaves the reader chillingly looking into the future for the chartacters and wondering if they were to survive the coming years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye to Berlin, 25 July 2013
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The characters are so marvellously drawn. If you are somene who i more interested in characteenrs than plot and, like me, fascinated by this particular moment in history, then you cannot fail to love this book. I have came late to this fascinating writer but I will be reading more of his work for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 21 Jun 2013
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How on earth they ever contrived the Sally Bowles that we know fro Liza is beyond me, this book is fantastics in it's inside view onto Berlin as the Nazi's rose to power and the innocent real people that were subject to their ascension.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great, 11 May 2013
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Stylistically brilliant, anyone interested in the Weimar-era, as well as anyone interested in a good read, should read Isherwood. Very much recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 4 May 2013
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Christopher Isherwoods writings from Berlin the years between the wars are absolutely lovely - charming, witty and highly readable ever since. Also the story "Sally Bowles" became the almost classical musical "Cabarée" with Liza Minelly as Sally. I read the book many, many years ago - it is still as good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 4 April 2013
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you know the movie ...Cabarete

BUT NOW READ TEH BOOK .... you will love it as much as the movie :)
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