Goodnight Vienna: A Novel Of World War Two Paperback – 6 Jan 2009
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There's something for everybody here: espionage, high politics, intrigue, treachery, murder, homosexuality, lesbianism, and much more. ....The historical narrative is lifelike, gritty, painful....It's almost a rollicking good yarn. --Howard Spier, Association of Jewish Refugees Journal, October 2009
About the Author
J. H. SCHRYER is the nom de plume of Helen Fry and James Hamilton. Helen Fry is an historian of WWII and an expert on Anglo-Jewish history; her book Freuds War describes the dramatic escape of Sigmund Freud and his family from Vienna in 1938. James Hamilton has worked in design, sales and marketing, and has had a life-long interest in history and writing. They both live in London.
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As I was looking forward to the book, I've not been disappointed. Goodnight Vienna is a compelling yet compassionate read, which takes the reader through the streets of Nazi-occupied Vienna in a way only an expert could. The main characters are rounded and well developed and the story unfolds in measured but exciting steps.
The horrors of the Nazi concentration camps are recalled with great dignity and insight.
I'm looking forward to J.H.Schryer's next book.
I feel compelled to write to you to express my extreme displeasure with your book, "Goodnight Vienna". I commenced reading this publication several hours ago, intending to spend a matter of minutes on it before going to sleep at a sensible hour. However, due to your dastardly cunning in creating a novel that is hard to put down, I find myself still engrossed in the early hours of the morning, lacking the willpower to cease reading. What am I to do? I have a busy day ahead of me, and I do not see how it will be possible to function without sleep. I am therefore writing to you to ask you to desist from writing novels such as this one, or I will be unable to achieve anything worthwhile during daylight hours. I would appreciate it if, in future, you would kindly restrict your creative writing to that of short stories, which I would find easier to manage, interspersed as they would be with short periods of sleep. I do hope you will consider my suggestion; I cannot be the only poor soul who is suffering this way.
Harried of Hendon
This novel abounds with cliches such as 'his strong arms around her'and inexplicable inaccuracies. For instance a train journey from Reading in Berkshire finishes not at Paddington but at London, Victoria without recourse to tube, bus or taxi. A march by concentration camp prisoners from Dachau, near Munich, to Sagan which in those days was in Lower Silesia (but now in Poland) for the purpose apparantly of constructing Stalag Luft lll took 5 weeks and 3 days and the prisoners, one is told, covered some two thousand miles. Alittle research reveals the distance to be approximately 670km and that this notorious prisoner of war camp was completed and received its first POWs in March 1942.
Goodnight Vienna must rank as the worst novel I've ever read and I nearly threw it in the bin several times before reaching the end. To sum up: utterly puerile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was so disappointed by this book that I've signed on as an AmazonUK customer just so I could post this review: As someone who has personally been researching this period and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by A booklover
I enjoyed this book. The story is well written and exciting. I would recommend it. Unfortunately the formatting has slipped throughout the book and there are typos. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Francesca
Not a brilliant book, a bit far fetched but worth a read. Well researched and easy to read, leave and pick up again.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really superb read.
I enjoyed it from cover to cover.
This is a must read if you're into WW II covert operations.