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Alone in Berlin. No one is alone, but it is set in Berlin...

Advantages: Brilliant characterisation, evocative descriptions, fascinating backstory, uplifting testimony
Disadvantages: May leave pulp-thriller readers disappointed

Synopsis Otto and Elise Quangel receive the letter all parents of soldiers fear, their son has been killed on the western front, fighting for Germany against the Allied forces. Reeling from shock, and awakened to the remorselessly consuming Nazi wa ...

ben-lloyd 27.10.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada

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Alone Under Nazi Rule

Advantages: A very interesting story based on real events and written in a very clever way
Disadvantages: Not a light read by any stretch of the imagination

When news of the death of their only child is received from the German front the Quangel’s life is ripped apart. For years Otto Quangel and his wife Anna have been model citizen’s never causing any trouble and loving a very ordinary life under Nazi rule. ...

Andy.mack 05.12.2010 · Read full review
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Alone not just in Berlin but anywhere

Advantages: Very good story telling
Disadvantages: Rather disturbing what humans will do to each other

Now I started to read this book when I took my students out to Ghana on our recent trip, this will tell you how long it's taken me to complete reading the book!! It didn't take a long time because it was a bad book that I couldn't read it was just that it ...

bbicuk01 08.08.2012 · Read full review
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More Than An Echo Of A Fabulous Story

Advantages: A fabulous look into the lives of an extended Afghan family, beautifully written
Disadvantages: Odd formatting on the iPhone Kindle app

~x~x~x~ And The Mountains Echoed... ~x~x~x~ For the past few months I've been a bit of a literary irritant; I was getting sooooo bored of my usual historical fiction, horrors and the occasional wacky or (again) historical non-fiction books and fe ...

chrisandmark_is_here 29.07.2013 · Read full review
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Review of And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

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The story certainly echoes

Advantages: A stunning book that will leave you in tears
Disadvantages: Too many webs that aren't fully developed

...It's rare that a book will actually leave me in tears and somewhat speechless and yet Hosseini managed it with ease. The story begins with a haunting folk-tale told by a father to his young children; a div (a type of ogre) turns up to a poor family's hous ...

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