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Not convincing at all
on 25 November 2006
Well, yes it is a well documented book and as one reader very rightly said it.. This is NOT an easy read.. It's heavy, long and there are time where you wonder what the author is trying to prove... or fail to prove,
the 2nd page said it all.. analyse of a dictatorship.. so, if you are looking for a neutral point of view of what life was in the German Democratic Republic, then ..i m not sure this is the book to read. More than an analysis about what life was in GDR, the author extends her study about the daily conflict between people and the famous or should I write, Infamous Stasi
I m not convinced simply because i lived in East Germany a whole year, with East German, in one of these massive stalinian communist blocks of flats that one can see in the masterpiece "GoodBye Lenin:..
i lived there, i went to school there, i mingled with east germans and yes, probably like everybody, i must have the Stati on my poor back as well.. but i was only 19 yo, and the Stasi was the least of my concern at that age
i m sorry but I do not always recognise what the author describes as being part of the daily life of every citizen of the GDR..
that s why I give it only 3 stars..
because, in the end.. this is a book that is joining the lot of other books trying to describe East Germany as Hell on Earth, instead of describing the country and the way people used to live there... the way it really was
I know that it is common belief to describe East Germany as Hell, a country almost as bad as North Korea... That was and still one of the conflict between east and west germans at the moment.. One side claiming the right to exist and keep their history while its western counterpart is working on erasing all traces of what was once an independent nation
If I can give you a suggestion.. There is, in fact, a really GOOD BOOK that deal with the topic of life in East Germany.. it s been written by a native german who grew up behind the Iron wall.. the book is available here on Amazon .
I give you its reference... it is The iron curtain kid by Oliver Fritz...
before you buy is.. if you want to have a glimpse if what this is all about ... humour included..
get a look at his website [...] that will start to give you another vision of East Germany.. a vision that matchs the one i had when i lived there