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Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F. (True Stories (Zest Books)) Paperback – 1 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936976226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936976225
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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An eloquent memoir of teen drug abuse from 1970s Berlin retains a contemporary feel in a new translation. . . . Disturbing but compelling. "Kirkus Reviews""A powerful memoir first published 35 years ago in Germany (a U.S. edition and film adaptation soon followed) shows no sign of tarnish in Cartwright s mesmerizing and urgent new translation. The story of Christiane F., a heroin-addicted teenager living in 1970s Berlin, begins with her family s move from the country to a fractured and confusing existence in the Berlin projects. Christiane s bleak circumstances (her father is physically abusive, her mother permissive and absent, her teachers cold and uncaring) lead the 12-year-old to experiment with drugs. She begins with pot and alcohol rapidly moving on to pills, acid, and finally heroin finding excitement and intense companionship with a group of David Bowie worshipping teenagers who populate the city s underground club scene. Eventually, Christiane resorts to working alongside her boyfriend as a prostitute at the Bahnhof Zoo train station to support her addiction." "Publishers Weekly
""Drug memoirs have long been a reliable mix of cautionary content, salacious detail, and voyeuristic thrill, and this new translation of "Christiane F.," first published in 1978 and something of a cult classic, delivers on every front" "Booklist"
An amazing story. . . . Her story is so intriguing, and all the more so for being true. Pictures in the middle of the book helped place faces with the names, making it even better. Though definitely not for the younger crowd . . . . high school students . . . will definitely enjoy this memoir. "School Library Journal Teen
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"An eloquent memoir of teen drug abuse from 1970s Berlin retains a contemporary feel in a new translation. . . . Disturbing but compelling." - Kirkus Reviews "A powerful memoir first published 35 years ago in Germany (a U.S. edition and film adaptation soon followed) shows no sign of tarnish in Cartwright's mesmerizing and urgent new translation. The story of Christiane F., a heroin-addicted teenager living in 1970s Berlin, begins with her family's move from the country to a fractured and confusing existence in the Berlin projects. Christiane's bleak circumstances (her father is physically abusive, her mother permissive and absent, her teachers cold and uncaring) lead the 12-year-old to experiment with drugs. She begins with pot and alcohol--rapidly moving on to pills, acid, and finally heroin--finding excitement and intense companionship with a group of David Bowie-worshipping teenagers who populate the city's underground club scene. Eventually, Christiane resorts to working alongside her boyfriend as a prostitute at the Bahnhof Zoo train station to support her addiction." - Publishers Weekly
"Drug memoirs have long been a reliable mix of cautionary content, salacious detail, and voyeuristic thrill, and this new translation of Christiane F., first published in 1978 and something of a cult classic, delivers on every front" - Booklist
"An amazing story. . . . Her story is so intriguing, and all the more so for being true. Pictures in the middle of the book helped place faces with the names, making it even better. Though definitely not for the younger crowd . . . . high school students . . . will definitely enjoy this memoir." - School Library Journal Teen

About the Author

Christiane F. is a former heroin addict famous for her contribution in this autobiographical book, and the film based on the book.


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Christiane F remains, to this day, one of the most brutal stories of drug use. Christiane's descent from damaged but naive 12 year old into 'hardened' street junkie by the age of 14 is truly frightening. Her story, and the film version by Uli Edel, still make sombre reading/viewing and remain as powerful today as when they were first released.

However, this published edition is an absolutely dreadful effort by Christina Cartwright to, in own her words, "<do> justice to Christiane's voice and personality". Samples of her footnotes include gems such as "Thrombosis is a coagulation (clumping or curdling) of the blood"; "Methadone .... works as a substitute for drugs such as heroin"; "Street heroin may be very "impure""; "Kojak was an American television series starring Telly Savalas .." etc.

But I save the best for last: on page 296 she refers to Monica Berberich, a member of the infamous Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist group, aka the Baader-Meinhof Gang. The activities of the Baader-Meinhof Gang/RAF were widely reported and commonly understood in current affairs. Cartwright's footnote instead states that "RAF is short for Royal Air Force, the British national air force". It's hard to explain this level of stupidity. Even harder to explain is what the sub-editors or editor were doing to allow this basic, basic mistake to be included in the book.

Christiane F's story is compelling in every way; but Cartwright's complete lack of professionalism detract significantly from the book.
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If you want the real story buy this title below !!

"H.": Autobiography of a Child Prostitute and Heroin Addict
"Christiane F."

Zoo Station is a copy of the original book nothing new apart from the name very misleading!!

If English is your first language you will know that American English is a much lower form, of English and much less descriptive.

DO NOT!! waste your money on this book buy the original

"H.": Autobiography of a Child Prostitute and Heroin Addict
"Christiane F."
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This was originally published in the late 1970s,under the title "Christiane F".If you can try and track down the original,as this translation is truly woeful.Makes Berlin teenagers sound like Americans,and makes some aspects of Christiane's personality disappear from the original-her casual racism,for example.
Only get this if you can't find the 1970s version-and you'll find that monumentally difficult.You could also checkout the DVD of the "Christiane F" film,which is largely faithful to the original book,and has the advantage of subtitles,so you can compare the subtitles to the German-language dialogue.
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This book is truly terrible.
I read 'H' in the 1980's and thought it a fantastic though hard hitting true life story.
This version reads as though it has been written for very young teenagers. It's rubbish!
Take heed of the other reviews too. they are not wrong.
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Such a haunting novel. We are unaware of the underground culture that pervades our society; or to say the least, we turn a blind eye. But when it happens to our children and our friends, the darkness cannot be kept beneath the surface any longer. Christian F. tells an all too relatable tale about a rebellious teenager with a taste for escapism. Highly recommend as an anti-drug testimony and anybody interested in the darkside that our recreational habits bestow to us.
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More than 20years ago I
Watched the film.
It has never left me.
This is a true, hard hitting account
Of a young girls life on the street.
It is not pretty or sugar coated and the writer writes as the child so it is no work
Of art. In this book you will go through
Many emotions. For the grace of God comes to mind...
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This is a searing, tragic story which everyone should read, and leave lying around for their kids to pick up. The translator has managed to make Christiane sound like a smart ass alienated self centred (American) teenager. Clearly bright and insightful though, which is to the reader's benefit. Yes the language is irritating, but that seems all the more true to life. The footnotes are a bit basic, but only if you are not the intended audience. This book in this translation is available and accessible, and for that alone it is worthy of praise. I hope it puts some teenagers off replicating the experience and I hope it gives others the insight to spot the problems. See the film if you really want to be shocked, as I was 30 years ago.
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A classic for teenager, everyone should read it when is 13, I read at 34 and still enjoyed. I now I want to see Berlin
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