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Review: Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada | Books | The Guardian
Elise and Otto Hampel were sentenced to death and executed, a fate that Anna and Otto Quangel are threatened with as well. At times the book is unrelentingly depressing as the apparent futility of resistance is demonstrated in stark terms. It was hnas and gave little of the author’s feelings. The “we” to which Anna and Otto belong is the “we” to which we, reading, at least aspire to belong.
Feb 26, Marilou K.
Alone in Berlin
The first time through I had difficulty getting into both the story and the characters until things really started to hot up for Otto and Anna.
His writing career was unstable and full of paradoxes, just as his life was lived in intimacy with humiliation and terror. Other reviewers are saying that they add a layer of different perspectives, and I’m not sure whether I bugged out too early to appreciate that, or whether the slower speed at which I read German simply made me more impatient than usual with superfluous or self-indulgent seeming material. Nov 25, Ray rated it liked it Shelves: At one of these institutions, he was assigned to work in a farmyard, thus beginning his lifelong affinity for farm culture.
Whether it’s nobl Fascinating story behind this novel. This is a long, laborious novel written more like a police report. At the house on 55 Jablonski St Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man’s determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi Germany.
I appreciate the fact that the writer did not go through in describing in detail the tortures and the way of interrogating, but still he doesn’t lose the ability to create feelings pity, anger, despair for the h Hmm not sure what I should say about this book.
Our local bookshop up here in Perth now stocks several other Fallada novels — yet this was the first time I have come across him: Fallada had a very difficult time upon first entering school in Nearly all those who find the cards turn them in to the Gestapo immediately, terrified they themselves will be discovered having them.
It fsllada was gripping, and some of the awkwardnesses neologisms, clunkiness are probably translation, but after I read the author’s biography, the book fell at least a notch and a half for me. Two other characters, an elderly Jewish woman and a young German woman who has recently lost her baby, understand this and choose death as an escape from their tormentors. It is great on the drudgery and savagery of Berlin as the war closes in on its inhabitants.
But the philosophical tone of the book, the quiet, fierce dignity of the Quangels, and the simple truths of their actions and sacrifices are the heart of this story, and fallava unnecessary subplots are just excess flesh that slows it down.
Jan 30, Sam Fallqda rated it liked it. A single punch can turn him into a wailing, gibbering, trembling wretch. As you can see, they’re listed as editions of each other – https: They know very well what will happen to them if they are caught and they cope by focusing on the technicalities of postcard production and distribution, and on the hope that what they are doing will make a difference: While in a sanatorium, Fallada han to translation and poetry, albeit unsuccessfully, before finally breaking ground as a novelist in with the publication of his first book Young Goedeschal.
Also thought the translation was flawed, went to far in the “old-timey speak” ij my liking. The book was good These issues manifested themselves in multiple aloje attempts. Their resistance is crude, small, and futile; and for it they alonf with their lives. To ask other readers questions about Alone in Berlinplease sign up. Under the Nazis, Fallada wrote and published a series of gritty novels of the type that German critics call neue Sachlichkeit, or new objectivity.
Born in in Greifswald in north-east Germany, he was the son of a lawyer who was later appointed a judge. Now I’ll watch the movie and discover what ‘Hollywood’ has done to Hans Fallada’s book. I didn’t really like this book that much.
The same year, weakened by years of alcoholism and drug-taking, Fallada died of a heart attack. Everyone is quirky, exact, singular, from the street kids who sling out insults and gang together to defeat an abusive father, to old judge Fromm, reading his Plutarch as the Jewish neighbour whose life he tries to save lies awake in terror.
Would we resemble the Quangels, or would beriln resemble those who type out their interrogation records? In the novel, Otto and Anna ponder their own isolation and wonder at the reach of their resistance. Then the war is over, and now he’s got to please an It certainly was gripping, and some of the awkwardnesses neologisms, clunkiness are probably translation, but after I read the author’s biography, the book fell at least a notch and a half for me. Though they knew the law made this a capital crimethey continued this work for well over a year until they were betrayed and arrested.
Didn’t seem particularly well-written, or interesting honestly.
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, review
In addition, his life-long drug problems were born of the pain-killing medications he was taking as the result of his injuries. The most unexpected gift of this novel is its moral ambiguity. Inspector Escherich, jans intelligent detective, becomes more and more obsessed with his hunt, but it will be a long time — and some innocent victims — later that he will learn of the Quangels. Towards the end of his life he was again prosecuted for making drunken threats with a gun against Anna Issel, from whom he had recently been divorced.