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The Rules of Perspective by Adam Thorpe
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The Rules of Perspective (2005)

by Adam Thorpe

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Set at the end of World War 2, as US forces are advancing into Germany, this novel tells two distinct, but linked stories. The first is that of an museum curator and his efforts to hide art works both from the Nazis and the allied forces. The second tale features a US soldier who enters the museum during the occupation of the town and loots a picture. Despite the potentially interesting plot ingredients however, this book doesn't really work. The characters failed to command my interest for long; the plot isn't sufficiently developed to make the book a compelling read. Part of the problem is that that fate of the German characters is known from the beginning of the book, so you're not even waiting to find out what happens to them. There is a minor plot enhancement on the very last page - almost a plot twist, though it doesn't quite attain that status - but by that time you've had to wade through the rest of the (relatively short) book to get there. Overall, this is a disappointing novel. ( )
  YossarianXeno | Mar 3, 2011 |
He's written better novels but this is still a moving cut above the rest. Try Pieces of Light or No Telling. ( )
  stephenmurphy | Mar 8, 2007 |
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Just before eleven o'clock, during the daylight bombardment that preceded the final armoured assault of the 346th Infantry Regiment on 3 April 1945, the city's art museum received a direct hit from a phosphorous shell and caught fire.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0224051873, Hardcover)

April 1945: a small German town is about to be overrun by the Allied Third Army. The vaults of the town’s museum become a stage for an intense psychological drama of secret histories and shared terror, as four people prepare themselves for their fate.

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In April 1945, as a shell from the advancing American army tears through the roof of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, acting museum director Heinrich Hoffer and three of his colleagues seek refuge from the bombardment in the museum's vaults.

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