Posts In: WorldWarTwo

The Pigeon

January 19, 2017 Novella

When you begin to read this story, you cannot understand: whether you are crazy, or the author. Everything in Jonathan’s life is good, he is satisfied with everything and has no complaints, but one day he leaves his room, and on the doorstep – you just will not believe in it! – there is the dove. She sits like that and looks into Jonathan’s eyes, and her eyes are strange … In general, Jonathan was afraid of the dove and he ran away from home. Here I stopped and sighed. Was afraid of the dove? Are you kidding? But the story intrigued me and I keep reading, and there I completely forgot about the dove. Do you have such a feeling that everything goes bad because of one thing? Yes, I bet you do. The same thing happened with Jonathan. The protagonist is sociopath, partly misanthrope. Jonathan just a little more over fifty years, he is the guard at the bank, who lives in a house with concierge. He has no close friends, but he doesn’t need them. He was well on his own. He is just a lonely man who is surrounded by fears. But these fears are not...

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Every Man Dies Alone

January 12, 2017 Drama, Novel

Optimistic readers should pay attention not only to the location where the events took place, but also to the title of the book. The emphasis is on word “alone”. Everyone dies alone. Everyone dies. But Otto and Anna does not have to die. They could survive, continuing their quiet life, working Otto, keeping a modest household Anna, almost without communication with their neighbors, economy, humility and constancy. But dying the only and beloved son, and has long been sneaking suspicion about the unrighteousness of war and Hitler’s crime policy takes the form of confidence and conviction. And now Berlin to Otto and Anna is not native and favorite city, and, above all, a place of feat, quiet modest feat, that maybe saved nobody, that maybe nothing changed, but which approved the humanism and humanity once again, and already it is so important and beautiful. Fallada’s style is simple, clear, realistic and it is very good in the “Little man” of the early thirties, but in this last novel, it is simply brilliant. When the choice is made, its consequences are inevitable, and not everyone can be proud meet adequately the consequences of their own choices with pride and dignity. Otto...

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The Reader

January 9, 2017 Drama, Novel

The book is not large, the plot is rather interesting, and so I have read it very quickly. The whole novel is divided into three parts. The first one is bright and sensual. Michael meets Hannah not under the most romantic circumstances. He could not imagine how this accidental will affect him. He is a 15-year-old boy, she is over thirty. He is a student, she is a tram conductor. What do they have in common? Not so few things – sex and books. She once helped him when he needed it, and that way the story begins. A 15-year-old teenager falls in love with a woman, who is now 36. But was it love? I don’t think so. The mutual satisfaction, but not love. I do not blame Hannah, but I don’t understand why she did it, is she really so lonely? Of course, Michael was inspired by his secret life after the lessons, and Hannah listened enthusiastically when he read to her out loud. But their affair did not last long. One day, Hannah simply disappeared.  Part II. Trial. It has been eight years since Michael saw Hannah the last time. And soon they meet again in the...

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