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Read ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Cristina GarcíaA lot of shifting viewpoints that leads to the narrative of the
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I THOUGHT IT TOOK A WHILEthought it took a while eally get going despite being a fairly slim book I think my experience with Here in Berlin a little confusing because it s not uite what I expected I thought Berlin itself was going to become almost a character I m not sure it did The dust jacket promised a meditation on war and
Mystery I M NotI m not having finished the words meditation and mystery uite suit it It is terribly interesting though The premise is of a Visitor who travels the city taking photos and talking to various dwellers of the city Their stories are the short vignettes making up the book It s Berlin of course but there s a strange Cuban connection to some of their stories Garcia s 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life roots are Cuban and we don t mind if writers work from material theye most familiar with but to me Cuba and Berlin don t fit well together because the underlying foundation of the vignettes both the book s Big Bang and original sin is World War II All narrative flows outward from that creating all the tensions and character alignments of the vignettes To me because I think one doesn t normally associate Cuba with the war unless you Lets Be Just Friends (Just Friends, re thinking of Hemingway these Cuban elements within the individual stories seemed forced as if cantilevered into them to make them fit So here s the Berlin of today modern and thriving but still impacted by. Tsivers its lakes its legions of bicyclists Here in Berlin she encounters a people's history the Cuban teen taken as a POW on a German submarine for five months only to eturn home to a family who doesn't believe him; the young Jewish scholar whose husband hides her in a sarcophagus until he can find them safe passage to England; the female lawyer haunted by a childhood of deprivation in the bombed out suburbs of Berlin who still defends those accused of war crimes setting personal guilt against the larger flow of history; a
Visitor meets emembering being in thrall to a powerful ideology but also eeling from their contact with from east and west A middle aged woman The Visitor goes to Berlin learns the language and then begins to ask people to tell her their stories I m not sure I consider this a novel because it seemed like a collection of vignettes bound only by the impact of WWII on their lives and the fact that the Visitor was present in all of them I found the snippets interesting and the devastation of war will never cease to break my heart but I had trouble feeling immersed in the book as a whole Well written with some beautiful prose 35 stars This is an interesting collection of short histories and stories from fictional individuals living in Berlin There is a wide and surprisingly vast cast of stories all different enough to keep it going but believable enough that you aren t shaking your head I will say the one thing that did start to great was the grandiose statements at the end of each segment These were 3 4 maybe 6 or 7 page stories and each one ended on some profound metaphor or statement Every story had one of these to tell probably the most fourththe Visitor meets emembering being in thrall to a powerful ideology but also eeling from their contact with
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Would Definitely Pick Updefinitely pick up this author The topic and time is one I m not hugely familiar with and I would also be interested in ead there. Oung nurse with a checkered past who joins the Reich on the Russian front at a medical facility intent to dispense with the wounded than to heal them; and the son of a zookeeper at The Berlin Zoo fighting to keep the animals safe from both war and an increasingly starving populaceA meditation on war and mystery in the spirit of Christopher Isherwood and Robert Walser's classic Berlin Stories this an exciting new work by one of our most gifted novelists one that seeks to align the stories of the past with the stories of the futur.