Tag Archives: Germany

The Roots Of The Mountains: A Missing Piece Of The Puzzle

Sometimes important books do not make their presence obvious.  What if I told you there was a book, a reasonably sized book of about 400 pages of reading that managed to explain three different but interconnected historical mysteries.  One, where … Continue reading

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Book Review: Survival In Auschwitz: If This Is A Man

Survival In Aushwitz:  If This Is A Man, by Primo Levi In this short but powerful book, the author describes his own survival in World War II and some stories of those who did not make it.  The first part … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Drowned And The Saved

The Drowned And The Saved, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal This is a book whose existence is dependent on other books, but it is no worse for that.  As the author was the survivor of German concentration camps … Continue reading

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Book Review: Martin Luther

Martin Luther:  The Man Who Rediscovered God And Changed The World, by Eric Metaxas I think this book is better as a discussion of the context of Luther’s life and action than it is as a biography, but it’s still … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Expressionists

The Expressionists, by Wolf-Dieter Dube I read this book, which is definitely out of my usual reading pattern [1], and which I read because it is a work translated by German and I took a challenge to read a certain … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cat And Mouse

Cat And Mouse, by Günter Grass I have some mixed thoughts on this book, but at the same time it is a book that I found to be very striking and touching in many ways.  The author won a Nobel … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Place In The Country

A Place In The Country, by W.G. Sebald I must say that for the most part I am not particularly enthusiastic about the writers/artists that W.G. Sebald finds to be particularly inspirational in this book.  That said, I did find … Continue reading

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Book Review: On The Natural History Of Destruction

On The Natural History Of Destruction, by W.G. Sebald Having never read any of Sebald’s prose writing before, I did not know what to expect when reading this book on the writing about the destruction of Germany from an insider … Continue reading

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Book Review: Across The Land And the Water

Across The Land And The Water:  Selected Poems, 1964-2001, by W.G. Sebald Having previously seen that W.G. Sebald could handle longer poems with considerable skill, I read this book hoping that he could handle shorter poems as well and I … Continue reading

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Book Review: After Nature

After Nature, by W.G. Sebald I find it rather serendipitous how I encounter some writers.  As a fond reader of good contemporary poetry [1], I might have encountered his works eventually at random in the library.  However, it so happened … Continue reading

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