- Taschenbuch: 398 Seiten
- Verlag: New Directions (1. Februar 1963)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0811200701
- ISBN-13: 978-0811200707
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,4 x 13,2 x 2,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 364.839 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris / Goodbye to Berlin: Two Novels (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 1963
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Christopher Isherwood was a diverse writer whose accomplishments included The Mortmere Stories (Edward Upward Series), A Single Man and a translation of The Song of God (Bhagavad Gita). But many critics hailed The Berlin Stories, the reissue of two of his best novels, as his finest. In the book, a man named Christopher Isherwood, who is and is not the author, writes a story of exile, combining the best of Isherwood's real life with the best of the life he imagined. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
A two-in-one volume containing the works The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin finds the characters of Sally Bowles, Fr ulein Schroeder, and the doomed Landauers caught up by the nightlife, danger, and mystique of 1931 Berlin. Reprint. 10,000 first printing. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The Berlin Stories stand as a record of the seediness and more fundamental corruption of a city, a state and a people in the late 30s. Isherwood represents the impending shadow of nazism through the abdication of responsibility and self-protection of individual characters. Mr Norris, a Falstaff for the 20th Century, is half cartoon conman and half based on an actual person. His depravity and crookedness is admirable, he is technicolour amid the grey shabbiness of Isherwood's Berlin. We must also remember that this is Isherwood's Berlin and he has shaped and invented experiences to achieve an effect, the camera records, but it always lies. It is the technical brilliance of those lies that sets the Berlin Stories apart from any historical or social record that you'd care to mention.
The unfortunately missing tension is substituted by the interesting stories told throughout the novel, which kept my attention. The whole book is somewhat written like a diary, which makes it a little bit boring to read. Nevertheless the extraodinary point of view the narrator has and the interesting details make up for the missing tension. While most books about Berlin of 1930-1933 focus on the political events, this book barely mentions politics and focusses on the population itself looking from an inside perspective.
I also recommend this novel because Christopher Isherwood has a unique writting style, with interesting language of mixing a great British with the speech of his Berlin acquaintances. For these reasons this is an interesting book to read for anyone interested.
Whatever is supposed to make this book good is lost in the details.
Well I read it but I am not sure I want to read anymore of his book. I feel a little cheated when one describes his use of English and the book is over before you find this. I feel a little embarrassed at not liking it with the praise it receives, but I guess you cannot like them all.