I wonder if something was lost in translation from the German in this book. I just couldn't get too involved with these characters. It was written coldly and left me bored most of the time. I have studied German history extensively and normally the real stories of the holocaust get me so upset that I wonder why I read this or watched that.
This one left me thinking, well, so what? The seduction of a 15 year old boy affected his entire life. That's not unusual. The context of the German holocaust was the difference here.
It was just so unemotionally written that I didn't relate to anyone and I was glad when it was over.
I listened to this book today, on a bright, sunny, southern California afternoon, on our patio overlooking the lake below our house, while knitting for twin grandbabies due soon. I was warmed by the sun, enchanted by the ducks and geese, filled with joy as I anticipated the birth of these two precious lives. Warmth, enchantment, joy. Such a contrast to the lives of the characters playing in my ears. All I can say is WOW! I think this is an afternoon and a book that I will long remember.
This was a great listen. I couldn't stop. I was turning the pages in my head and drawing the scenes with every word. It was great!!!
...in collective guilt. This story will keep me thinking for days and days. The use of a pedophilic 'love' story as the backdrop for a study of Germany's collective guilt over the holocaust is, if not appropriate, then at least congruous. Although you never come to sympathize with the characters, exactly, you do feel the deep tragedy that their lives become.
C'est mon premier audiobook et il g?nial.
La notion de culpabilit? partag?e et personne y est tr?s bien d?velopp?e.
C'est livre qui vous touche.
I liked this book very much. I listened to it, at first with a bit of distance, then it drew me into the story. By the end I was twisted and conflicted just as the author wanted me to be.
Okay already...a movie...an 'important' theme...got it. However, there is nothing exceptional about the writing. I'm glad it wasn't stretched out into a 15 hour audiobook. You could do worse...but you could also do better.