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  • Taschenbuch: 544 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Press (November 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312942109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312942106
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 3 x 17,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 390.613 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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This compelling thriller is both a touching love story and a masterful portrayal of the struggle for geopolitical control of postwar Germany. Network correspondent Jake Geismar, who covered Berlin before the war, has returned to the devastated city, ostensibly to cover the Potsdam Conference but actually to find the woman he loves. Miraculously, Lena Brandt, Jake's wartime mistress, has survived. However, her mathematician husband is missing, and both the American and Russian intelligence services are hunting him. When the bullet-ridden body of an American soldier washes up on the shores of Potsdam in front of Jake's eyes just as Truman, Churchill, and Stalin convene the first postwar conference, Jake is plunged into a maelstrom of intrigue, corruption, and betrayal.

A brilliantly evoked portrait of a unique moment in history (the end of one war and the beginning of another), The Good German amply fulfills the promise shown by Joseph Kanon in his two earlier novels, Los Alamos and The Prodigal Spy. --Jane Adams -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


“Joesph Kanon…has woven his plot seamlessly into the historical background. As the hunt for the missing scientist gathers speed, the moral and emotional dimensions of the story become more complex. The mystery takes on the weight of the deepest questions of right and wrong as the novel’s action moves through a ravaged Berlin so exactly depicted that one feels Kanon must have traveled in time to witness this landscape himself…In its articulation of a personal experience of the war and its aftermath, and in the plain power of its prose, The Good German rivals Irwin Shaw’s novel The Young Lions, its history imaginatively accessible, its plot historically inevitable. A novel that brings to life the ambiguities at the heart of our country’s moral legacy. Provocative, fully realized fiction that explores, as only fiction can, the reality of history as it is lived by individual men and women.” –The New York Times
“Kanon is the heir apparent to Graham Greene and early-and mid-passage le Carre, for he writes of moral quandaries that are real and not created to drive a plot.”—Robin W. Winks, The Boston Globe

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Karen Leiblein am 1. Juni 2004
Format: Taschenbuch
After putting the book down twice I finally pushed past the first two chapters, and I am sooo glad I did. Having studied German literature, including post-war Germany, I thought that I had a good understanding of this period, but Joseph Kanon had so much more insight into the various types of Germans at this time and into the Americans who were stationed in Berlin. He has a wonderful understanding of the German language and culture which makes this book authentic. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in this period and wants to read a good piece of literature.
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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Peter Berlin VINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 25. August 2002
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The author describes Berlin in the months of July and August 945 after the end of the war. He describes the atmosphere and the feelings of the Germans and the Allied Forces quite well and the reader get an excellent feeling for Berlin and Germany in this time at this place, More than anything this makes the book really special. There are two plot lines that are put together. An American returns to look for the German woman he had to leave in 1941. The woman, Lena, was married to one the scientists in the group around Wernher von Braun. Her husband Emil obviously knew and participated in the experiments conducted on humans without much of a guilty conscience. After the war the Americans prefer to turn a blind eye to this fact since more than anything they want to use these scientists for their own purposes. An American soldier is killed because he was trying to make money out of the confusing situation after the war - making a profit by betraying other people, both Germany and Americans.
The book is thus at the same time a love and a murder story with Berlin being more than a background. This story could only take place in Berlin in this time. The ending is somewhat weak. I had expected more than to learn that Americans do anything for money. Apart from this, however, the book is well written and evokes the atmosphere of an interesting place and time. The author obviously had done his homework and researched very well for this book. Everything sounds and seems quite authentic. Well, the place names are usually misspelt, but that is a minor squibble. Other than that: just read and enjoy it.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "jcosmann" am 14. April 2003
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Great suspense: I couldn't put the book away, until I knew why the murder happened and who was behind it. Fantastic book, describing post war Berlin in a way that makes you think you're in the middle of the action.
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2 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Holger Karstens am 1. Dezember 2002
Format: Taschenbuch
eine Superstory,leider zuviel Abkürzungen,daher als Annex Abkürzungsverzeichnis.Die Namen der Personen sind zu gleic zb.
Breimer u Brians ,Emil und Erich ,Für einen deutschen Leser wäre ein Personenverzeichnis sinnvoll,wäre leichter für ihn
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The Good Novel 26. November 2001
Von Elizabeth Hendry - Veröffentlicht auf
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Joseph Kanon's The Good German is a well done, muliti-genred (if that's a word) piece which I found quite interesting. I don't normally read spy thrillers, but the New York Times' review was so glowing, I couldn't resist. I wasn't disappointed. The Good German is part spy thriller, part love story, part historical fiction. It is the story of Jack Geismar, a reporter, returning to post-WWII Berlin in search of the woman he loved before the war. He finds much more than that. An American soldier is murdered in the Russian controlled section of Berlin. Something strikes Jack as simply not right in the story and he tries to get solve the riddle of the murder. Kanon's exploration of Berlin focuses very well on the nuances and grey areas in war, and in particular WWII in Germany. There really aren't many "good" Germans in this novel, just people who were trying to survuve any way they could. Kanon is superb at bringing to light how the presence of the Nazi's clouded good and bad, so that good people did horrible things for seemingly "good" reasons. Or were these good people, were they good reasons? Kanon gives us no clear answer. The Good German is satisfyingly thought provoking in that respect. My few quibbles with the novel are the number of amazing coincidences (which may be standard in the spy thriller, I don't know) and at times the pacing gets a little bogged down. Other than that, The Good German is an enjoyable, well done novel.
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a sophisticated thriller 18. Oktober 2001
Von M. H. Bayliss - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I read this book in two sittings and only because I'm too old to stay up ALL night and still be productive the next day. That is to say, this is one exciting read -- I even blocked out my fear of flying as I zoned in on the absorbing story during my recent flight. I enjoyed Los Alamos, but I'm happy to say that Kanon has continued to develop as a writer -- this book is by far his best yet. Kanon does a masterful job portraying post-war Berlin around the time of the Potsdam conference and all the intrigue, scientist-chasing and frenetic behavior during the last days of the Nazi regime. I don't know if Kanon meant to tip his hat to Hemingway's Jake Barnes, but I found his Jake to be an extremely well drawn portrait of our hero-journalist. The pacing is excellent, the dialogue credible and the plot absolutely mind bending. In terms of genre, I'd put this between Le Carre, Folliet, Clancy combining the best elements. Ultimately, Kanon outdoes them all for just plain good writing. My head is still spinning from the labyrintine plot -- read this one with a friend so you can compare notes. If I could even find a small quibble, I'd say the fortune telling scene was a bit over the top and perhaps Jake's original motivation to pursue a murder mystery once he found Lena, but I was very willing to suspend any disbelief. The Good German succeeds on every level (also a very touching love story) and is already one of my very favorites from this year. Superb reading from one of the best writers out there -- don't miss it.
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Interesting setting - terrible book 5. Juli 2008
Von Peter Corrigan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
I read a lot of books as I sure most who post on here do. I have never written a review before but felt compelled after seeing the number of 4 and 5 star ratings on this book. I was aghast to say the least and my faith in Amazon ratings took a big hit. I too had high hopes for this...the setting, the nice maps at the start, the undeniable moral and human dilemmas to be explored. To his credit Kanon does explore these issues in some depth. But it is wrapped in an absurdly convoluted plot, a love story with no conviction whatsoever and dialog that is mostly an aggravation. There is little if any reflection or thought by the characters it is just endless blah, blah, blah. I still have no idea why Jake loved this woman or why she him. Or why he cared about the fate of Tully so much. The book is way too long, the plot twists mostly lame, contrived or confusing. But in the end I just didn't care what happened to any of them. I was just so glad I got this at a yard sale for 25 cents...that was what it was worth in the end.
17 von 17 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Using history, not abusing it 12. August 2006
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Format: Taschenbuch
As others have said, The Good German is a blend of historical fiction, a spy-thriller and romance. When I began reading it, I worried that one of these elements would simply be used as a ploy to interest us in an otherwise unremarkable novel. It would be easy to cloak a run-of-the-mill love story or spy-thriller in such a dramatic historical setting. Kanon, however, never abuses this history. In fact, the moral dilemmas of WWII are at the center of this book, examined both in the broad context of the broken environment as well as the specific context of the character's relationships.

Kanon refuses to provide simple answers to the atrocities of WWII. While the twists and turns of the plot had me turning the pages, threaded throughout is the question, "How could the Germans do it?" Kanon's exploration of this question, placed within such a vivid recreation of post-war Berlin, led me to set the book down on numerous occasions, lost sometimes in thought and sometimes in despair.

The romance felt a little more forced than other scenes, sometimes being a little boring or even annoying. Kanon is tracing an important story with the romance, illustrating the distance we must go to understand the lives of Germans under the Nazis, but in the telling it fell flat. He certainly has moments, but often it seems the couple is just tracing the same ground with seemingly no development.

But this is a minor gripe in what is a heavy novel. Kanon doesn't back away from the gritty details or the inch-by-inch compromises humans make with evil, and he doesn't leave the reader to point fingers either. In wrapping such unrelenting dilemmas in such weighted circumstances, Kanon has succeeded in writing a good story- an important story.
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A fast read that I couldn't put down... 9. Januar 2007
Von Kara Stutzman - Veröffentlicht auf
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First I must tell you that I don't typically read books like this one, but I love it! It is fast-paced, based in historical fact, suspenseful, and romantic. The imagery really takes you back to 1945 Berlin as it struggled to find its way, despite the ravages of war. You can empathize with the soldiers (both Russian and from the Allied Powers), and the German citizens as they dealt with death, distruction, poverty, guilt, and violence. In every chapter there is something to keep you reading and wanting to know more. I highly recommend this book.

Since reading it, I have passed it on to two other people who have loved it as much as I did.
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