Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Review: Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Otto and Anna Quangel lose their son, fighting for the Nazis in the war. Soon they go from being loyal Germans to being rebels in the only way they know how, writing anti Nazi postcards and leaving them around the city of Berlin. It may not seem like much however the punishment is still very severe for being seen to be anti German. 
I really enjoyed this, you really felt for all the characters, how they got swept up in the times and some got carried away with the strict regime,so eager to survive that they would give up their friends and neighbours. It really showed how helpless some Germans felt at the time, knowing that it was wrong but needing to make themselves come out the other end of the war. It also showed the bravery and determination. 

It was heartbreaking in places and I shed a tear or two at times. Worth a read.

Score: 4/5

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