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on 21 August 2003
Using quotes, artwork, and layering of historical Berlin atop the present, Ms. Bailey has produced an evocative and charming novel.
The story introduces two brothers, Erich and Max, and winds the story around their short-lived visit – Max to Erich’s beloved Berlin. Through Ms. Bailey’s rich storytelling skills, the reader sees the Berlin of today, unified yet still divided, and the “Golden Age” of Berlin in the past. The city runs parallel to the relationship between the brothers, each romanticizing the other’s life and thoughts, to the point of missing the other’s reality.
Ms. Bailey is accurate with her Art History, which aids the novel and lends much meaning to the story. I was quite pleased to see Christo and his wrapping make an appearance.
All in all, an entertaining and clever read. It is very different from, yet just as enjoyable, as her first book, Idioglossia.
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on 29 July 2003
I've never been to Berlin but with the colourful description and athmosphere of Marlene Dietrich lived here I feel like I have. The story tells mainly of the brothers, Erich and Max, who try to come to terms with life both in their own way. They struggle to set the past so the present if not the future will be more endurable. The view of Berlin is exceptional and the characters refreshing, European and very believable. They are modern in a way that I have rarely seen before and the story leaves you short of breath and longing for more. It's a story of love, betrayal, a story from the past and of the future but mostly in the presence. A story about two brothers who need to come to terms with themselves and each other.
I warmly recommend this unique story.
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on 29 July 2003
I've never been to Berlin but with the colourful description and athmosphere of Marlene Dietrich lived here I feel like I have. The story tells mainly of the brothers, Erich and Max, who try to come to terms with life both in their own way. They struggle to set the past so the present if not the future will be more endurable. The view of Berlin is exceptional and the characters refreshing, European and very believable. They are modern in a way that I have rarely seen before and the story leaves you short of breath and longing for more. It's a story of love, betrayal, a story from the past and of the future but mostly in the presence. A story about two brothers who need to come to terms with themselves and each other.
I warmly recommend this unique story.
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on 15 July 2013
An expertly written book. It really evokes the atmosphere of Berlin at that time. Realistic, unforceddialogue between the characters. Superb.
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