6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
My book of the year,
This review is from: Austerlitz (Paperback)
I couldn't put this book down. I found it to be a thoughtful, clever, unsentimentalised account of how Nazi policies (and Europe's reaction to them) impact on one Jewish individual. As the subject pieces together the threads of his own past, making sense and struggling to come to terms with them, the reader travels with him, and makes sense of our history.
I disagree with the previous reviewer - there is a strong narative pace which kept me turning the pages - digressions not withstanding. Despite the well known sequence of events Sebald succeeds in avoiding clichés. This is the most successful attempt I have encountered to make the scale of these events human.
I read this English translation, and the ideas still jump off the page at you - I wish I could read in the original German. It is a wonderful wonderful book and I can't recommend it enough.