Berlin

Berlin Set in a devastated Berlin one month after the close of the Second World War Berlin has been acclaimed as ambitious filled with brilliantly drawn characters mesmerizingly readable and disturbingly

  • Title: Berlin
  • Author: Pierre Frei Anthea Bell
  • ISBN: 9780802143297
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in a devastated Berlin one month after the close of the Second World War, Berlin has been acclaimed as ambitious filled with brilliantly drawn characters, mesmerizingly readable, and disturbingly convincing by the Sunday Telegraph An electrifying thriller in the tradition of Joseph Kanon and Alan Furst, Berlin is a page turner and an intimate portrait of GermaSet in a devastated Berlin one month after the close of the Second World War, Berlin has been acclaimed as ambitious filled with brilliantly drawn characters, mesmerizingly readable, and disturbingly convincing by the Sunday Telegraph An electrifying thriller in the tradition of Joseph Kanon and Alan Furst, Berlin is a page turner and an intimate portrait of Germany before, during, and after the war It is 1945 in the American sector of occupied Berlin, and a German boy has discovered the body of a beautiful young woman in a subway station Blonde and blue eyed, she has been sexually assaulted and strangled with a chain When the bodies of other young women begin to pile up it becomes clear that this is no isolated act of violence, and German and American investigators will have to cooperate if they are to stop the slaughter Author Pierre Frei has searched the wreckage of Berlin and emerged with a gripping whodunit in which the stories of the victims themselves provide an absorbing commentary There is a powerful pulse buried deep in the rubble.

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    2 thoughts on “Berlin

    1. Pierre Frei Anthea Bell Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Berlin book, this is one of the most wanted Pierre Frei Anthea Bell author readers around the world.

    2. I quite enjoyed this, but maybe as a bit of a guilty pleasure in the end. The real shining positive point of this novel is the back stories for each of the murder victims. They tend to go into some details covering their adolescence, through to adulthood, which encompasses the rise of the nationalists, the war and then the direct aftermath. In some regard, this novel is really just a collection of short stories about women of various social standing, living in pre and post war Prussia. The detai [...]

    3. I am conflicted about this novel to be perfectly honest. Frei's depiction of life and experience in the days immediately after the end of the war between the Allies and Germany has the serious weight of authenticity and lived history. There's marvelous period detail, a powerful, evocative atmosphere of despair, shame, guilt, uncertainty, hunger, deprivation and post-traumatic stress on a national scale. Unlike many serial killer stories the focus is more on the murderer's victims and their lives [...]

    4. Although this was a 99p kindle deal and I'm always a bit wary of bargains.at emptor etc, the fact that the Sunday Telegraph review said that it was "filled with brilliantly drawn characters, mesmerizingly readable, and disturbingly convincing” sold it to me. Sadly it was none of those three things and I suspect it was just trying too hard to be too many things. At its heart, it attempted to be a noir detective mystery with a serial killer stalking immediate post war West Berlin, killing a seri [...]

    5. This is a whodunit with a difference. Well, with several differences. It's about a serial killer, and quite a lot of crime novels are about that.The most notable difference is that it pays as much attention to the victims as it does to the killers or the cops. In many crime novels the victims are simply dead bodies, and the police investigating the crime have to identify them to find out who they were, and very often the reader knows little more about them than the police. In this case, however [...]

    6. Note to self: BE MORE CAREFUL! I made the mistake of not realising I was buying a translation. More than once I had the impression that when the translator didn't know a word, she just picked the top suggestion at leo. Awful! "Gauntlet" for a simple bike glove? "Diadem" for a tiara? "Medicament" for a drug or medicine? My worst (and that was used more than once) is: "she carried a tray of vanilla ices on sticks". Please!*What makes translation bungling like this so bad is that one loses one's co [...]

    7. It was interesting reading this book in parallel with “Every Man Dies Alone”, Hans Fallada’s story of wartime Berlin. Don’t ask why I was reading them in parallel! But there were many hooks between the two books. “Every Man” was written just after the war, in Berlin. This one was written about the immediate post war period, in Berlin. One of the characters in the book, a bookseller / librarian, even mentions reading the current Hans Fallada book in 1944. They both briefly explore the [...]

    8. I love a great detective story, and this is one. But what separates this story from most novels is the emphasis Frei places on the CRIME VICTIMS.Four or five blonde women are found murdered in post-war Berlin. A spree-killer is on the loose. The novel centers on the German policeman (and his family) and an American policeman, stationed in the occupied city, who team up to find the killer. But, not neglected are the women who were murdered. All were "fleshed out". All the women had played a role, [...]

    9. This one needs 3 1/2 stars. It is a mundane serial killer mystery about a killer who targets blonde, blue-eyed German girls. What makes it rather compelling is that it is set in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of WW II when the city is occupied. And it is made more compelling by the device of devoting a long chapter to the life story of each murder victim, so you get an idea of what the war years were like for Berliners. The writing style is stiff, but that may be because it is translated from [...]

    10. The book was fascinating for its description of Berlin right after WWII ended, as well as for several stories of women's lives before and during WWII. I am fascinated by Berlin and its recent history, so I really enjoyed this element of the book. However, the primary overall plot of the story is a murder mystery, and I found the resolution of the "whodunit" completely unsatisfactory--hence, the three stars.

    11. Composed of a number of vignettes of the victims, "Berlin" tells the story or a serial killer at loose in th3e American sector of post war Berlin. It is unusual in that the victims become real people for the reader before there lives are cut off. Powerfully written and containing a wealth of detail. A great story.

    12. I read this book for a RL fiction book group. I enjoyed it very much. It was a quick read, because the story made me keep turning the pages.The story was about a serial killer who was killing blonde, blue-eyed German girls. It was set in Berlin, after the war was over. The killings took place in the American sector, and were near the place where the Americans had set up their fenced-in official enclave. The victims worked for the occupation forces and were killed just outside the fence. What was [...]

    13. This one kept me going page by page. It was like going back in time to pre and post WWII. There was a suspicious and mysterious serial killer. A detective was investigating and there are chapters on the victims (and their MOST INTERESTING lives): HELGA, HENRIETTE, MARLENE and JUTTA.There weren't a lot of profound lines that were life changing. However, there were some funny lines intertwined and some erotic ones as well. The harrowing times wartime Berlin were not pretty and very anti-semetic. I [...]

    14. De novelas ambientadas durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial o durante la postguerra vamos servidos. Me viene en mente la lograda saga creada por ejemplo por Philip Kerr. Aquí el autor es el autor alemán Pierre Frei (de quien no he encontrado ninguna foto). Hablamos pues de un autor que como Pynchon o Elena Ferrante quiere pasar también desapercibido.Esta novela negra nos sitúa en Berlín, en el año 1945. Alemania ha perdido la guerra y la ciudad Berlinesa ha sido dividida y dejada en manos de [...]

    15. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. A mystery set in post WWII Berlin but somehow it just didn't come together for me. Things I liked: the setting and descriptions of life in those months just after the war ended. The shortages and lines and difficulties finding work and housing and enough to eat. The police inspector and his family. The way the stories of each victim was told - their tories before, during and after the war, how they ended up where they were at the war's end. [...]

    16. The book starts with the discovery of a woman's body, & we meet the investigator, who is supposedly the protagonist, & a few members of his family, & some scene-setting on postwar Berlin. Then we're introduced to the killer's next victim, who has a lucky escape And then suddenly we're treated to the first victim's life story. And I do mean life story - we go back to when she was a girl & follow her from there.It's not even as if this does anything to connect the reader to her as [...]

    17. Another book in about "regular" crime in Berlin, set against a backdrop of post-war occupation. This book is translated and it is hard to tell if it is the translation that reads awkwardly or just that the original text isn't that well written. The ideas are interesting though, and the author does a fairly good job of portraying how difficult it is for regular Germans to get on with their lives during the Occupation - especially those who are trying to return to investigating "regular" crimes. U [...]

    18. This is ostensibly a murder mystery set in post-war Berlin and has both the German police and the American military police searching for the serial killer of beautiful young blonde women. The author tries to do something different and intersperses the chapters dealing with the hunt for the killer with the life stories of his victims. Some of these are extremely lengthy. While this device admittedly gives the reader a better idea what life was like in the Third Reich and creates more sympathy for [...]

    19. Berlintells the story of a serial killer in the post WWII American occupied zone of Onkel Toms Hutte in Berlin. The murder mystery convention is mediocre, but the heart of the novel is the back stories of the four women he links together using the mystery. The novel's first couple of chapters are a bit slow, but picks up with the women's stories. Frei does a good job of weaving minor characters in and out of the women's stories and shows the horrors of the Nazi rise, war, and post war occupation [...]

    20. A strange mixture of a book - on the one hand it is a hunt for a serial killer in Berlin just after the end of WW2, but each killing allows the author to tell us the story of the victim, before moving on with the hunt. These digressions are fairly lengthy, but always readable. It is only when I came to write this review that I became aware that the translator is the wonderful Anthea Bell [of Asterix fame] and I am sure she contributes to the readability. The stories are all sad, but one in parti [...]

    21. This book gripped me from a few pages in. It is cleverly structured around the lives of German women before and during the second world war, and around the lives of a German police detective and his family, mostly his adolescent son, and an American military policeman. It's hard to tell much about the book without giving it away, but the complicated picture it presents of American behavior as war victors, the range of German reactions to the war and to their daily life, combined with a coming of [...]

    22. Compelling and embarrassing in equal measure. Really enjoyed the back stories of all the murder victims, great insight into life in wartime Berlin. Found the serial killer plot itself unnecessarily violent and unpleasant and in fact the book would have been none the worse without it. The revelation of the killer's identity was a real anticlimax after a couple of very obvious red herrings and the over-frequent sex scenes (did Berlin ladies really just shag at the drop of a hat?) were laughable at [...]

    23. A killer is on the loose in post-war Berlin. Turns out the murders began prior to the Second World War. Through the victims we experience life around Berlin before, during, and after WWII. Having lived there through the era, Pierre Frei creates a historical backdrop rich in detail to paint a compelling canvas. Humanity is depicted in it's entire range on the scale of evil to good. To me this novel excelled through the life sketches of the victims rather than as a murder mystery with a clumsy plo [...]

    24. Uses a serial killer story to draw out the lives of the women who were his victims. The victim's stories connect around the Uncle Tom's Cabin part of Berlin, before, during and after WWII. The victims' stories were interesting, but the serial killer and his story seems to have been given short shrift. Worth a read, for the great descriptions of Berlin and lives of the women and the crippled detective, but didn't hold together for me in a satisfying way.

    25. Well kept my attention, but mainly because I was interested in the war and post-war setting. I found many things about this book to be awkward, from the structure which repeatedly took the reader out of the present-moment story for long periods, to the language - which might have been the fault of the translation, I couldn't say. I'm also not fond of books that rely heavily on coincidence to make the story work.

    26. This is a fabulous portrayal of womens' experiences in Berlin at the end of WWII, wrapped in the accessible format of a traditional crime thriller. I normally avoid stories featuring men investigating men who kill women, finding them salacious and rather predictable, but the reflections on violence against women and war crimes in this story saves it from the usual trappings of the genre. Powerful, thought provoking, truly deserving of a five star rating.

    27. As a murder mystery this is fairly average; what sets it apart is the depiction of life in Germany both pre and post World War Two. By turns funny, tragic and just plain horrifying, the attention to detail and the portrayal of ordinary people coping as best they can in a world changed beyond all recognition is shockingly real. This is not a light-hearted read but it is genuinely interesting and eye-opening.

    28. Enjoyed the wonderful presentation of life in Berlin before WWII, during the war and its aftermath. You had to have compassion for the ordinary German who suffered so greatly and revulsion for the extreme cruelty of the party members. Frei's picture of the rubble in the city, the lack of food, transport, etc. was so personal and it showed the real horror of war.

    29. Set-up of knowing the victims made the murders more devastating. Frei rendered the complexities of how many people thought the regime would simply be a phase. He extended the novel's timeframe prior to WWII. Be prepared for violent sex, love, and an emphasis on fleeting pleasure. Frei captured the resilience of these incredible women that balanced many of their fates.

    30. An epic in the style of Ken Follett, a vivid description of the lives of ordinary German citizens and of aristocracy before and up to the days just after the end of World War II. A fascinating picture of each of the victims (and one near victim) of a serial killer, in which they come alive and we see them in intimate detail. Exceptional read.

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