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Mr. Norris skifter tog (1945)

by Christopher Isherwood, Werner Svendsen (Translator)

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Title:Mr. Norris skifter tog
Authors:Christopher Isherwood
Other authors:Werner Svendsen (Translator)
Info:[Kbh.] : Signet, 2002.
Collections:Your library, 2012 (inactive)
Rating:****
Tags:Berlin, Tyskland, Nazisme, Mellemkrigstiden, 1930-1939, Britisk litteratur, Skrevet 1930-1939, Roman

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The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood (1945)

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I'm very glad to have read this, and am glad to have read it all the way through. The people, the voices accumulate in such a way that the whole is, as they say, somehow more than the sum of its parts. Had I just read the Sally Bowles sections (I mostly wanted to see where _Cabaret_ came from), I think I would have dismissed it as too light & frivolous—didn't he •see• what was happening? But of course he did see, and the horror and nausea of the lived experience is there. It just grows inevitably.

I think I will be reading more Isherwood. ( )
  JoePhelan | Dec 14, 2014 |
This is really a 3.5. I was not a huge fan of "The Last of Mr. Norris" but couldn't put "Goodbye to Berlin" down. Definitely enjoyed Isherwoods' writing style. Will most likely read more of his books. ( )
  KatieEmilySmith | Sep 23, 2014 |
These are clever stories written by an Englishman between 1933 and 1938. I classify this as historical Fiction because, though not written retrospectively, they are mined by the current writers of historical fiction looking for trenchant details. And they are well worth reading just as they were made, conjuring up a vision of the end of a liberal state and its replacement by a fascist one. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Aug 14, 2014 |
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They are fascinating for a Berlinophile like me; these are familiar streets, distanced from the present by eight decades and the Third Reich. On the one hand, there is the depiction of young and somewhat irresponsible expats spending and shagging their way around an exciting city, a situation which, while not exactly universal, has none the less been replicated in many other places and times (as a glance around Place Luxembourg in Brussels most Thursday evenings will demonstrate); on the other hand, there is the fact that this amazing city was the centre of a society that was turning on itself and about to turn on the rest of Europe. Nobody sees the Nazis coming, and yet everyone does; they are like frogs in a heating saucepan.

The two books are actually very different from each other in structure. Mr Norris Changes Trains is the less polished work, a character study of Mr Norris whose pretensions of respectability are overshadowed by his history of dubious business dealings, his unorthodox sexuality and his activism with (but not quite in) the Communist Party. Goodbye to Berlin is a collection of several shorter stories which were never quite combined into a single novel, so that there are characters in common but less of a coherent thread. Yet Isherwood is more ready to let his sæva indignatio show, and it's a better read if more disjointed.

One last point: Mr Morris Changes Trains is dedicated to W.H. Auden. Goodbye to Berlin is dedicated to John and Beatrix Lehmann - that's the same Beatrix Lehmann who played Professor Amelia Rumford in The Stones of Blood shortly before she died, and her brother. ( )
  nwhyte | Jun 14, 2014 |
Could not engage. So disappointing that instead of wanting Cabaret to be more like the book, I ended up wanting the book (and its bland narrator and uninviting characters) to be more like the movie. For its historical significance alone it gets a satisfactory rating. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0811200701, Paperback)

Christopher Isherwood was a diverse writer whose accomplishments included The Mortmere Stories (Edward Upward Series), A Single Man and a translation of The Song of God (Bhagavad Gita). But many critics hailed The Berlin Stories, the reissue of two of his best novels, as his finest. In the book, a man named Christopher Isherwood, who is and is not the author, writes a story of exile, combining the best of Isherwood's real life with the best of the life he imagined.

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A two-in-one volume containing the works The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin finds the characters of Sally Bowles, Frulein Schroeder, and the doomed Landauers caught up by the nightlife, danger, and mystique of 1931 Berlin.

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