The heart wrenching life of Doris in Germany between the wars. This book clearly demonstrates the ideals ond non-political thinking that prevailed and how unaware the average German was of the danger that lurked ahead. The signs were all there and with the customary phD in hindsight how easy it is to ask the obvious 'couldn't they see it coming?' question. We follow Doris' search for filmstar fame and beauty in Berlin as, yes it has to be said, the Bridget Jones of the 1930's.This is a hauntingly funny, beautifully written book available for the first time in a translation close to the original. My only minor criticism would be the fact that it is clearly an American translation that does mar the mid-European timbre of the book with words like 'gotten'. That said we must grateful that this book by the virtually unknown Irmgard Keun is at long last available and in such a beautiful binding and soft silky cover. It's a treasure!