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This really gives a human account, first hand of the end of the war from the view point of an ordinary woman. What she went through, the ordeals she suffered and how she got through this time are gripping. The stories told here are of a time that can't be imagined. Well read.
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This is a daily account of what it was like to be a thirty year old woman living through the final two months of WWII in Berlin. What makes it special is a combination of issues. First, it is a very well written flowing narrative, full of rich prose, that describes a momentous time in twentieth century Europe. Second, it is full of the dramatic tension and jeopardy that you might imagine being experienced by a civilian population that is being overrun by the battle-hardened front-line troops of an invading army. Third it provides a subjective, yet in some ways a journalistic view of what was happening from an intelligent and educated individual. Finally, it was simply a page turner that engaged my interest from start to finish.
Much credit should go to the translator and to the narrator of this book, as they both have excelled in making it believable, enjoyable, stirring and entertaining.
My main criticism is that there is a long introduction (approx. 23 mins) that, although well written, seems to me to be a bit of a spoiler. I wish that I had skipped it, and perhaps listened to it afterwards.
Often, books fit a narrow genre and are liked by some and loathed by others. In this case, I believe that this book will appeal to a wide range of readers. So, if the quality of the writing is as important as the subject matter and if you like biographies/diaries/ personal stories etc., then you should enjoy this book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Well worth listening to this. Definitely, recommended to others. I have looked at this book previously but never picked it up. Very factual about the impact of war on civilian populations