Officially reviewed by the OnlineBookClub.org Review Team
Rating: 4 out of 4 stars! | Genre: Other Fiction
Fran wrote:Unusually for me my next read is a factual book - Stasiland by Anna Funder
I read her All that I Am last week and really enjoyed it so when I was in the library & happened to see Stasiland I decided it was a must read. However, given the subject matter I don't expect any laughs.
I enjoyed All That I Am but did find the format a bit challenging for the first couple of chapters but then once I got into it I found it compelling reading. While I have read an awful lot on WW1 & WW11, the Nazi era & the Holocaust I haven't read a lot about the Weimar period and IMO those diplomats, artists & intellectuals who correctly anticipated the consequences of Hitler and the Nazi are ill served by posterity. We tend to think of the period between the wars as peace & quiet in Europe with not a lot happening - how wrong we are.
I'd be interested in your opinion of Beyond Black, I haven't read it but Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies are absolutely brilliant. Do yet me know if you recommend adding Beyond Black to the inexhaustible TBR list please.
Not far into Stasiland yet but it reminded me of the movie The Lives of Others ... brilliant movie IMO