I never knew Vienna before the war,
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This review is from: The Third Man and the Fallen Idol (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
Its strange that Vienna doesn't seem to come across the British tourist radar - I don't actually know anybody personally who has been to Vienna, even if they have been all around the world. I was lucky enough to have a job there for a year, and see it through its four seasons, and I think it's the most delightful place that I know. There are still visible traces from the war with the giant flak towers still looming over Vienna.
Obviously how you see Vienna depends on whether or not you have seen the film, whether passing the Sacher hotel reminds you of the Officers billeted there, and passing the cemetery on the tram reminds you of Harry Limes's's funeral.
I think the book does give the atmosphere and I think is a good read on the plane over there, whether you have seen the film or not, and maybe will encourage you to visit if you had not thought of it before.
The introduction by Ian Thompson is interesting as well