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Posted March 19, 2007
Enticed by the title, I read the story. A recently married woman, at the turn of the twentieth century, threatened by a change in social status, seeks and finds a 'lietmotif' to cope with the new life with her husband. In the security of silence she accepts and deals with this crisis of change.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2006
The author has written a telling tale of what was the usual treatment of women in not only Germany but throughout the western world. The choices that women had were limited if they wished to keep their families together. Most often the choice between economic security and continuing the emotional ties of family resulted in giving up personal feelings for the sake of the family. The saga of this family began with the death of the main character's father which left a psychological impact from which she never fully recovered. The book is part of the school of naturalism in literature and reflects the classic dilemma of choice as it impacts the lives of people who struggle with what they ideally would do but cannot because of countervailing conditions. In the words of Henry James 'The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to respesent life,' summarizes the author's represetation of his main character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.