The Berlin Stories

The Berlin Stories

Book - 2008
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Presents two related novels, "The Last of Mr. Norris," published in 1935, and "Goodbye to Berlin," published in 1939; following the exploits of Mr. Norris, an old debauchee who is caught in the struggle between the Nazis and the Communists.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, [2008]
ISBN: 9780811218047
081121804X
Branch Call Number: FICTION ISHERWOOD
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings) ; 21 cm

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smilasnow
Jan 11, 2017

Having seen the movie Cabaret many years ago, I was interested to find that it was based on this book. As the author paints a picture of life in Berlin in the early 1930s, his stories also highlight the slow shift from the random acts of vandalism against Jews to more physical attacks to a sense of worse to come as people begin to disappear. An important reminder of how ignoring intolerance can help it grow. A part of Hitler's early time in Germany that I knew little about.

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loudem
Jun 23, 2015

A novel from another time. I didn't learn much about Berlin in this book. It pretty much deals with people and their relationships toward each other. Pretty dull stuff. Very static.

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uncommonreader
Mar 20, 2015

This book contains two novels. "The Last of Mr. Norris", first published in 1935, is based on Gerald Hamilton, "the wickedest man in Europe". It tells the story of a personal relationship set against the rise of Hitler. "Good-bye to Berlin" was first published in 1939. It opens with "I am a camera, with its shutter open", and indeed Isherwood chronicles his life and experiences in Berlin beginning in 1930. It includes a profile of Sally Bowles (Cabaret). It is interesting to read what was being written before the rise of Hitler and the book certainly evokes this period. A classic.

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