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The Good German de Joseph Kanon
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The Good German (2001 original; edició 2006)

de Joseph Kanon

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Jake Geismar cut his teeth as a foreign correspondent in pre-war Berlin. When he returns in 1945 to cover the Potsdam conference he finds the city unrecognisable - streets have vanished beneath the rubble, familiar landmarks truncated by high explosive. But amongst the ruins Berliners survive, including some he knew and, miraculously, his lost love, Lena. But in the way she would not leave with him before the war, Lena won't join him now without finding her husband and Emil has disappeared from the safe care of the Americans who, turning a blind eye to his links with Hitler, want his expertise as a rocket designer for themselves. Trawling through the shambles of the city, through the illegal night clubs and the thriving black market, Jake discovers that the twilight war of intrigue between west and east has already begun and that he could quite easily be one of its first casualties. This is a novel of war, an action thriller, a tale of raw emotion and survival. Above all it is a tour de force of the triumph of humanity over man's depravity.… (més)
Membre:SheepscotGeneral
Títol:The Good German
Autors:Joseph Kanon
Informació:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2006), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
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A reporter arrives in Berlin in the months after the Nazis surrendered and, while visiting the Potsdam conference, he discovers the body of an American solider who had been shot with an American bullet. The book provides fascinating glimpse at what Berlin was like immediately after the war. it also introduces an interesting and diverse cast of characters. Particularly entertaining is the way the clues dribble out. Despite these positive aspects, the writing is somewhat flat for my taste. ( )
  M_Clark | Nov 27, 2020 |
Berlijn, 1945 - voor een reportage over de topconferentie in Potsdam keert de ontgoochelde oorlogsverslaggever Jake Geismar terug naar de stad waar hij in 1941 door het nazi-bewind is uitgezet. Meteen gaat hij naar het huis waar zijn vroegere medewerkster Lena Brandt woonde met haar man, de briljante natuurkundige Emil. Lena is Geismars grote, maar verloren geachte liefde.
In de platgebombardeerde stad heerst een machtsvacuüm waarbinnen de spanningen tussen Russen en Amerikanen door de moord op een Amerikaanse soldaat hoog oplopen. Hoewel Jake zijn Lena terugvindt, laat de manier waarop pogingen worden gedaan de zaak van de vermoorde militair in de doofpot te stoppen hem niet los. Iedereen lijkt bij de zaak betrokken, inclusief de man van Lena. En dat levert Geismar verschillende vragen op: hoe is zijn geliefde de oorlog eigenlijk doorgekomen? Is elke Duitser per definitie fout?
Stukje bij beetje, diep gravend in het oorlogsverleden van de betrokkenen, haalt Geismar de waarheid boven wate ( )
  Demeander | Jun 23, 2019 |
The story of Berlin in 1945 during the Potsdam Conference. This was an audio book I listened to and while the reader was good, the sentences were short and clipped. Problems with this book: lines not attributed to a speaker, too many characters to keep track of, improbable escape scenes and too long! Perhaps some of the aforementioned problems would have been solved had I read a hard copy. There is a movie of this out starring George Clooney--it also did not get good reviews so not sure if I'm going to watch or not! ( )
  Tess_W | Feb 18, 2019 |
Reading this book is much better than seeing the movie (George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Toby McGuire). A well-written book that takes place in 1945 Berlin at the end of the war. An American correspondent returns to Berlin to find the woman he had left behind before the war. A story of espionage, love, and murder. ( )
  phillipfrey | Jan 24, 2019 |
#unreadshelfproject 2019 - While I found the story interesting, I found the length far to long. I felt like this story could have been wrapped up sooner. I found myself actually getting bored with the story. I also felt that there were too many ancillary characters. They made the story confusing and disjointed at times. That being said, I loved reading about Berlin after the war. That part I found fascinating. How the city looked, how it felt, how people were coping with the destruction-that was so interesting. The characters were all rather unlikable, but I'm sure it had more to do with the situation they were in, a situation I can't quite wrap my mind around. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Jan 9, 2019 |
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Jake Geismar cut his teeth as a foreign correspondent in pre-war Berlin. When he returns in 1945 to cover the Potsdam conference he finds the city unrecognisable - streets have vanished beneath the rubble, familiar landmarks truncated by high explosive. But amongst the ruins Berliners survive, including some he knew and, miraculously, his lost love, Lena. But in the way she would not leave with him before the war, Lena won't join him now without finding her husband and Emil has disappeared from the safe care of the Americans who, turning a blind eye to his links with Hitler, want his expertise as a rocket designer for themselves. Trawling through the shambles of the city, through the illegal night clubs and the thriving black market, Jake discovers that the twilight war of intrigue between west and east has already begun and that he could quite easily be one of its first casualties. This is a novel of war, an action thriller, a tale of raw emotion and survival. Above all it is a tour de force of the triumph of humanity over man's depravity.

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