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4.0 out of 5 stars Candid and moving, 21 Feb 2004
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This review is from: The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918 (Paperback)
I could quote hundred of pages of this book to you and you would be surprised that an artist like Klee - an artist full stop - was capable of writing them. This is in some ways preferable to the many writer's diaries you can pick up, as Klee seems not self-conscious in the least and also to lead a life quite as boring, quite as extraordinary as the rest of us. He does not take a pompous view of himself in the least, and this is a relief after I've just finished the migraine-inducing diaries of Andre Gide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible insight abou the 1900's Europe in general and Klee's life in particular from the artist's point of view., 20 Mar 2013
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A fantastic read for an enthusiast art lover / historian from lost of angles: How Europe was shaping up in that period with the eyes of a student / artist / young person / adult; Klee's artistic and personal development with his own - sometimes harsh, honest and always entertaining - words. My biggest surprise was however is that his life was not as unfamiliar as i expected: not much changed from the human point of view. I could certainly draw parallels between his and my own youth (a hundred years later!). A book worth reading and I would love to see it made into a film!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to play the system, 18 Mar 2014
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Publishing details aren't good in this - no translator is named, which seems most unfair. I bought it only to read the passages about WWI, though eventually I might get round to reading the rest of it. It was fascinating to see how Klee pretty much kept on with his work, in spite of being drafted into the German army - - a good wheeze to rent a flat in the town he was allowed to go to on leave, and use it to change into civvies so he could travel by train to visit his family. An interesting sidelight on non-combatant work in the German army during WWI
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