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Galway to Berlin,
This review is from: The Berlin Crossing (Paperback)
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The author explains at the end of this novel that the idea for it came out of talking to 'former' East Germans, and learning of their resentment of the 'Wessies' who were taking advantage of German reunification. This gives the story a rarely-heard slant. There are two stories, set thirty years apart, the 1962 one framed within the 1993 one.
Ultimately, it is the central character of the later plot, Michael, whose development the novel is concerned with. He is the former GDR 'card-carrying member' whose past counts against him and who is unable to reconcile himself to the new order.
I found 'Berlin Crossing' compelling. Its pace, which changes subtly, sense of place and characterisation are beautifully balanced and the 1962 story, which has a profound bearing on the later one is both sad and uplifting. If I have one concern, it is the insertion of one particular chapter which gives away a later development, although I suspect the author felt that the sense of inevitability it would produce in the reader would give the story more power. Despite that, I found this book a great read.