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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Dus So disturbung yet fantastic

    Reccomended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Extraordinary

    This is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. Brilliant writing. A strong and graphic denunciation of the Nazi regime from the inside of the mind of a complex, perverse SS officer, whose very perversity reflects the world around him.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    A brave and amazing novel with flaws.

    This is a large, disturbing, and enthralling book. The mix of historical fact and military tech with fictional characters, vivid writing, and some suprise surrealist scenes make this a difficult book to label, much less review briefly. Suffice it to say, it isn't just about Nazis feeling bad about what they did. The first half of the novel deals with the massacre of Jews carried out by the Nazi soldiers and their hired help. The scenes are brutal, and the mental/emotional suffering of the German soldiers is in no way given as much weight as the horrors they enact upon the dying citizens. There is no doubt the Nazis are the bad guys, but the book doesn't just show them all as rabid bloodthirsty animals. That would be historically inaccurate, and more importantly, bad, bland fiction. This half of the book culminates in the main character barely surviving the battle of Stalingrad. The scenes here, too, are presented in a vivid and human-level manner and are almost a challenge for the reader to continue on.

    The second half of the book, after a long dream sequence that -in my view- kills the momentum, takes place with the main character hiding out and rebuilding his life in France. This half of the book doesn't reach the same heights as the first, in terms of both brutality and beauty of language, and it resides more on the intellectual plane. What does it say about Aue that he isn't repentant? And how do we, as readers, feel about it after spending so much time (and so many pages!) with this character?

    This is not a book to be read, reviewed, or taken lightly. I hope with the paperback publication in March of '10 more people will take a chance on it. An eBook would be nice as well (hint hint HarperCollins and/or Barnes and Noble)

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    Posted April 28, 2009

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    Posted March 22, 2009

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