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Goodnight Vienna: A Novel Of World War Two Paperback – 6 Jan 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First edition (6 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752449206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752449203
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Goodnight Vienna: A Novel of World War Two

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.
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I found this book gripping. It is very good at conveying the increasing tension and sense of foreboding in Vienna - particularly for the city's Jewish population - as the Nazis take over Austria and Hitler rides into Vienna. It does on occasion read a bit like a history lesson, but I suppose it's best that the reader fully understands what was actually going on at the time. Recommended.
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I would highly recommend this novel. It has a gripping plot and I couldn't put it down once I'd started reading it! The historical detail makes the novel feel rich and portrays the period really vividly. I think that this is a wonderful debut novel from this author.
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This could have been a good story. The history of the Annexation of Austria is one of tension, as the Nazis storm through Vienna and start rounding up Jews around 1 year before actual war breaks out. Katharine Simmons is the heroine who is of course beautiful, a talented concert violinist and seems to have the most amazing friends in Freud, D H Lawrence, Arnold Bennett, H G Wells, the list goes on ...... as well as catching the eye of Eichmann - I've never seen so much name dropping and quite unnecessary as none of the characters appeared in the story!. The romance was just too Mills and Boon for my liking, when War has just been declared the hero says "Whatever this war holds for us darling, remember you will always have me. This time I will be there for you. You are mine to love and protect forever." and then promptly goes off to HQ for his orders. Very schmaltzy for what I thought would be a tense war novel.
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Bought this as am interested in WWII novels but the book is very slow and seems to drag on, considering the period of history it is describing it isnt very exciting
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A good interesting read. I thought the man Peter was just too good to be true though. He buys his new young lady a landrover, and then buys a house. The main story was very interesting. A really good story.
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Dear Mr Schryer,
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.
Yours sincerely,
Harried of Hendon
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I bought this book having been impressed, but grossly misled, by the very favourable reviews although the rather garish cover did ring a faint alarm bell. Bearing in mind,however,the old adage that a book should not be judged by its cover I went ahead and ordered. Mistake!

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.
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