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Book Review: Middlesex

Middlesex Eugenides, Jeffrey 2002 Middlesex was a book recommended to me by a friend in the midst of a discussion on  gender roles in different societies. Given the context, I assumed it would be a dry academic study, at best … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jahrgang 1934

Jahrgang 1934 Kirsch, Hans-Christian Verlag Herder, Freiburg, 1964 This book chronicles the development of possibly the most damaged generation in modern history, the Germans born in 1934.  The 14 stories, based loosely around the life of “Ken,” are individually very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ingrid Babendererde

Ingrid Babendererde / Reifeprüfung 1953 Johnson, Uwe Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt a. M., 1985 Ingrid, Klaus, and Jürgen, early summer, 1953, in a small city in Mecklenburg.  Three friends, top students all, in the final days before their Abi with thoughts … Continue reading

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Book Review: 1000 Neue Dinge, die Man bei Schwerelosigkeit tun kann

1000 neue Dinge, die man bei Schwerelosigkeit tun kann Zylka, Jenni Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, Reinbeck, 2003 An easily readable, fairly light story of a few weeks in the life of Judith. Judith is single, past the 20-somethingish age, lives in … Continue reading

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Experiencing Germany With Three of My Nieces. Part 2 – Leipzig

I was impressed.  In the interest of maximizing our time in Leipzig, I had reserved seats on the ICE train which departed Hamburg at 6:30 AM.  Given the amount of walking and fairly late night we had had before, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Goodbye to Berlin

Goodbye to Berlin Isherwood, Christopher Vintage, 1998 ed, of 1939 original Per the author’s introduction, this collection of loosely connected sketches featuring a first person narrative from a character sharing his name, his background, and many of his experiences is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Baum, Vicki New York Review Books, 2016 edition of 1930 translation of 1929 German original A classic of the time and place genre, Grand Hotel takes the space of a few days and follows a cast of exquisite … Continue reading

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