Thursday, 9 May 2019

Books From The Backlog - Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks and my review is on Literary Flits.

Next up is:


Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada

Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man's determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule.

Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels' necks 


Another campsite book exchange find here, but a considerably more serious novel than Hawks' memoir I think. Fallada was a highly successful novelist before the Second World War, but fell foul of the Nazi regime and died as a result of alcohol and morphine addiction in 1947. My OH has already read this and finished it, but wasn't exactly overwhelmed. I hope it appeals more to me.

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    1. I started it today and it's pretty good so far :-)

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  2. Yes, decidedly more serious. I like war time thrillers. Hopefully you'll enjoy it more than he did. :)

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    1. It's lighter than I expected at the beginning, but I have a feeling that that won't last :-/

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  3. Any book about that time period is bound to be interesting.

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    1. I like that this one is about resistance within Germany which I know very little about, and it's from the late 1940s so should have insights that historical fiction might not

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  4. I like to read the books which are inspired by a true story.

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    1. This one's got a short essay at the end talking about the real people who inspired the novel

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  5. I like the idea of featuring books that are sitting in your TBR. It might inspire others to pick them up.

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    1. I'm happy to be inspiring myself to read them. They're all unread books I already own, yet I keep buying more :-/

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  6. I enjoy books with this setting. And the cover sure sets the tone.

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