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Publisher's Summary

“I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead....” writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival but also self-renewal.
The Wall is at once a simple and moving journal - with talk of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one’s name - and a disturbing meditation on 20th-century history.
©1999 Marlen Haushofer (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 09-11-15

Stunningly Gorgeous Once Past the Grief

I can see how listeners can go either way on this: I made myself listen to it at one go because I knew the sorrow of it all might make it difficult to pick up again, but there was soooo much there I wanted to see it through. I know others might listen, think, Crap, what a bummer, and just stop. Oh, DON'T! Yes, the woman (who doesn't bother giving her name as it doesn't matter any longer) speaks slowly, what's the rush after all? (By the way, I listened at x1.25, and it worked out splendidly, flowed well.) Yes, the world has, for all intents and purposes, ended and all she knows may very well be dead. Yes, her own death will be upon her. Yes, she suffers the deaths of animals she loves.
Sounds awful and depressing, right? But only those who aren't listening closely will turn it off and go on to another book because the prose is beautiful, the way the woman picks the truth from the tangles of her thoughts is beautiful, the way she learns to love what is around her is beautiful.
And the way that, through it all, AFTER the very worst, her heart beats with love and with hope, glorious hope? It's drop dead gorgeous! Because the whole book has these wonderful golden threads of love and truth woven in, quiet, yes, no bells or whistles, just simple warmth.
Extraordinary!
Plus, it made me start looking at the world around me, crows in particular, with new smiles, special affection.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Monica Gardner on 06-10-13

Not the most interesting book

It seemed as if the same territory was covered over and over. I kept hoping and waiting for it to get more interesting, but it never did. I found myself relieved when it was finally over. The narrator wasn't the problem. The storyline was.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Betty on 12-05-15

Strange, moving and unforgettable

If you could sum up The Wall in three words, what would they be?

Strange, moving and unforgettable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is only one character and while we know little about her events render her "identity" irrelevant and instead we get to know the interior soul of this woman and she is utterly compelling.

Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't but the performance is excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is no one moment in the book rather the whole atmosphere and subtext of the book is very powerful.

Any additional comments?

This book is unlike anything I have read or listened to before I choose it after seeing the film based on the book which was also excellent and the book did not disappoint. It would be hard to categorise this book as just one thing it touches on ecology, spirituality, feminism but in an oblique fashion which is devastating and profound. This book could be called science fiction but it really is in a class of its own. Highly recommended to anyone considering it.

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