I have had this on my to-read list for a long time, and I'm so glad I finally got around to it. The Good German is a thrilling historical mystery, with a gripping underlying psychological exploration. Holt $26 (512p) ISBN 978-0-8050-6422-3 ... the book ultimately falters under the weight of a ponderous, edgeless plot. The Good German is a story of espionage, love, and murder, and extraordinary re-creation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that. Kristan Higgins Jake Geismar, an Americsn correspondent who spent time in the city before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while persuing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind. It's a murder mystery set at the Potsdam Conference after WWII. They made me nostalgic: I was there in the summer of 1958 when there was still a lot of war damage. ROMANCE | Took a while to get into but thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of post war Berlin. What an intense book. We’d love your help. Everyone has to explain everything to everyone else. Beaten, battered Berlin hides criminals and secrets from an American journalist looking for an old lover, her husband, one or two murderers, and answers. Couldn't seem to help myself, it unspooled in my head as a black and white movie with strong Bogie and Becall overtones. Kanon's The Good German starts slowly, designed to immerse the reader in the atmosphere of the Berlin of the early post-war months. Casey McQuiston I plan to read all of Kanon's other novels, I have to admit, I did not finish this book which is unusual for me. With a few notable exceptions—the rape and pillage of the Mongol hordes in the thirteenth century, for example, and the mass conscription introduced in the French Revolution—civilians had remained unaffected for the most part by war until the nineteenth century. Then advanced weaponry made possible by the Industrial Revolution and the evolution nationalism. It is July 1945, the time of the Potsdam Conference. I learned details of the aftermath on the betrayed and those who did … It is hard to find the moral high ground. Refresh and try again. Set in Berlin immediately at the end of WWII I was hooked by the multiple plot lines - Jake finding Lena and solving the mystery of an American GI found with loads of cash in the blocked off Russian zone just to name two, then fascinated by the mood of the city and moral gray zones - wanting to get back to normal, worrying about the coming winter, does it matter who was a Nazi for real or who was a Nazi just to survive? Blah. An international scandal could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances for re-election, so it’s time for damage control. When the two searches become entangled, Jake comes to understand that the American Military Government is already fighting a new enemy in the east, busily identifying the "good Germans" who can help win the next war. His assignment: a series of articles on the Allied occupation. THE GOOD GERMAN Joseph Kanon, Author . Home to The Sunday Times Bestsellers List, this is where you can find expert o But the movie (like most movies based on a book) is HORRIBLE. The author expertly creates the setting and atmosphere of Berlin in 1945 as the British, American and Russian victors pick over the corpse of a defeated nation, whilst suspiciously eyeing each other. The author expertly creates the setting and atmosphere of Berlin in 1945 as the British, American and Russian victors pick over the corpse of a defeated nation, whilst suspiciously eyeing each other. A fantastic book, The Good German brings to life a seldom written about period in post-war history in a way that leaves you feeling like you've actually been there. This novel plays like some of the great noir films. While there, a murder is committed, and Jake gets involved. Kanon presents the struggle for German rocket scientists, Americans versus Russians, with both sides desperate to enhance their own post-war technology and neither concerned about the Nazi past and practices of the men they are seeking. Official April 2015 Book Discussion: The Good German, A Mystery Maven's Favorite Whodunits, Thrillers, and Capers of 2020. 3 rating that would have likely been a solid 4 if the audio book had not been abridged to death. by Picador. Find book reviews, essays, best-seller lists and news from The New York Times Book Review. I couldn't put it down. GENERAL ROMANCE | At first, the murder and the search for Lena do not seem connected, but with the help of German detective, the relationship becomes clear. Jake finds corruption and intrigue reaching deep into the heart of the occupations in a city that is physically and morally devastated. The German House book. Jake Geismar, a former Berlin correspondent for CBS, wrangles a coveted spot for the Potsdam Conference at the end of WWII. I don't think there are characters who carry over from book to book, though. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE | However, there were many characters! It’s very plot-heavy, and I’m a character-development lover. Welcome back. This is a really cool WWII thriller that readers will really enjoy. We exchanged marks on the black market, spending them on cameras, art books, and theaters. Jake Geismar, supposedly reporting on the Conference. Sold to me at a half price or probably lesser than that, I kept this book in my shelf for almost a year before someone read it and got so impressed that they recurrently begged me to consider reading it. And hanging over everything is the larger crime, a crime so huge that it seems -- the worst irony -- beyond punishment. Hitler has been defeated and Berlin is divided into zones of occupation. Joseph Kanon Novels and Tales by Goethe: Elective Affinities; The Sorrows of Werther; German Emigrants; The Good Women; And a Nouvelette. From chatting with native speakers through Skype to flipping through flashcards on your smartphone, the chances to learn are endless, but few of them offer the advantages that good old fashioned reading provides.. To start, reading German books help simulate classroom learning. Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the American President Ellen Claremont, knows one thing for sure: He hates Henry, the British prince to whom he is always compared. It presents a very sophisticated and nuanced view of German war guilt and the things people did to survive under the Nazis. If its still relevant to you, theres no serious profanity in the book. I have a low tolerance for profanity in books. A page turner! The Good German -- book review. How can they navigate being open about their sexualities (Alex is bisexual; Henry is gay) in their very public and very scrutinized roles? 34 £17.95 £17.95. So was the case with me when I picked this book up during a random search in a forgettable old book sale. Pros. RELEASE DATE: Feb. 26, 2013. This is a great story, a historical thriller, and gives valuable insight into what it was like in Berlin in 1945. The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. Took a little fiction detour over the weekend with this and thoroughly enjoyed it. RELEASE DATE: Oct. 4, 2001. Le choc culturel entre les deux oeuvres sera assez passionnant, même si The Good German pâtira assez évidemment de son manque d'ampleur et … Joseph Kanon Discusses His Latest Espionage Thriller—and Why He’d Make a Terrible Spy, Our Fiction Editor Shares Some Favorites From the Best Books of 2019. For me the main intrigue--involving a murder and a Russian/US tug-of-war over a German rocket scientist--was less interesting than the portrayal of Berlin and its inhabitants in the months just after the German surrender in 1945. The days surrounding the fall of the Third Reich have never failed to generate an interest among historians and romantics alike. However, unless it is excessive or gratuitous, it wouldn’t bother me. The United States' willingness to overlook war crimes in order to bring rocket scientists to America. I didnt notice, nor was I. I just read this book and your question popped up. Rubble is everywhere, the air thick with mortar dust and bodies still float in the canal. As of June 2020. , the film holds a 34% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on … It's probably the most exciting city I've ever been in, maybe because it was still quite dangerous then, with soldiers pointing rifles at anyone who. I found this book in an excellent article about so-called Berlin Noir novels (Wall St Jnl, 4/30/11; see link below). But after a few photo ops with Henry, Alex starts to realize that the passionate anger he feels toward him might be a cover for regular old passion. This could easily describe Baghdad in 2003, but it’s Berlin in 1945. Read 767 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. I couldn't put this book down! More action and faced-paced suspense than Casablanca, more emotional depth than Clancy. influencers in the know since 1933. by While there, a murder is committed, and Jake gets involved. The descriptions of Berlin in the summer of 1945 are so atmospheric it's like being there. Fit für… Hueber Verlag has an entire catalog of German language materials, but their test preparation books truly stand out. The Order of the Vengeful Spirits was founded in M40.2020 11.8. following # TheBattleofSanctityForest by survivors of said battle. While he appears to be a diligent researcher, The Good German, while creating a reasonably authentic portrait of post-war Berlin, has a contrived plot, rather conventional hero, somewhat flat characters and conveys only a vague sense of its setting. When Faith Holland was abandoned at the altar three years ago, she left her hometown for San Francisco to regroup; coming home to Manningsport, she’ll have to confront her past and Levi Cooper, the disturbingly handsome chief of police she blames for ruining her life. His personal agenda: to find Lena, the German mistress he left behind at the outbreak of the war. The Good German ist ein Drama aus dem Jahr 2006 von Steven Soderbergh mit George Clooney, Cate Blanchett und Tobey Maguire.. Joseph Kanon is a master of the postwar spy genre. With George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges. Set in Berlin at the time of the Potsdam Conference, just after the Allied victory in Europe, Jake Geismar, an American journalist, is searching for his German girlfriend, Lena, along with a story for his magazine. At once a murder mystery, a love story, and a riveting portrait of a unique time and place, The Good German is a historical thriller of first rank. The descriptions of Berlin in the summer of 1945 are so atmospheric it's like being there. This book has very good reviews, and the illustrations of different scenarios such as a trip to the zoo (which lists many things in both English and German) are extremely helpful. While exciting, I wasn’t a nervous wreck, like in so many thrillers (which makes reading not so enjoyable). Just as the body is whisked away by the authorities, Jake spots a bullet hole. What Jake finds instead is a larger story of corruption and intrigue reaching deep into the heart of the occupation. October 31st 2006 95. A disturbing era that I learned far too little about in school. The Good German is a story of espionage, love, and murder, and extraordinary re-creation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that asks the most profound ethical questions in its exploration of the nature of justice and what we mean by good and evil in times of peace and war. Retrieve credentials. Categories: Lots of answers. While looking for his German mistress who he left four years prior, he stumbles across a murder of an American soldier in the Russian section of Berlin. There is the black market, finding Nazis, escaping from the Russian controlled area of Germany, discovering how far the "good" guys will go to get the scientific brain power of Nazi Germany. I love the descriptions of Berlin and I wish I’d had a map to trace where he was at every move. He lives for their verbal sparring matches, but when one of their fights at a royal wedding goes a bit too far, they end up falling into a wedding cake and making tabloid headlines. They made me nostalgic: I was there in the summer of 1958 when there was still a lot of war damage. Kanon presents the struggle for German rocket scientists, Americans versus Russians, with both sides desperate to enhance their own post-war technology and neither concerned about the Nazi past and practices of the men they are seeking. [since WW II; anyone who, under a dictatorship, isn't a doer but still a follower] [jd., der in einer Diktatur zwar kein Täter, aber immerhin Mitläufer ist] The Good German [Steven Soderbergh] The Good German – In den Ruinen von BerlinFfilm Start by marking “The Good German” as Want to Read: Error rating book. So many that I wish I had taken notes at the beginning of the book. While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver. I couldn’t tell what was going to come next or who to trust. Kanon's portrayal of Berlin is accurate - based on visits to the modern Berlin and his in depth research of the Berlin at the end of WWII and the changes since then. The characters and plot are carefully developed, but the central theme is the reality that an entire nation is guilty of genocide, thus the challenge to find "the good German" If you like intrigue, complex plots and are fascinated by the, This is Joseph Kanon's third novel set in Berlin in the days right after the Russian victory and the collapse of The Third Reich. As he hunts for the soldier's killer, he learns that Berlin has become a city of secrets, a lunar landscape that seethes with social and political tension. Took a little fiction detour over the weekend with this and thoroughly enjoyed it. The city is much bigger than Kanon makes it out to be. Not my favorite. A once great city is levelled by allied bombs, palaces are looted, the blackmarket thrives, and chaos reigns as American and British allies try to restore order. Kanon' s ability to take you virtually by the hand and to lead you through the place is exemplary: ruins, bombed out houses, roads blocked by rubble, empty spaces where, before, Berliners had lived - and where the protagonist himself had lived as a journalist. HISTORICAL ROMANCE, by Alex and Henry must pretend to be best friends, giving the tabloids pictures of their bromance and neutralizing the threat to Ellen's presidency. Là où The Good German est ouvertement artificiel, considéré essentiellement du point de vue de l'Américain assez largué par ce qui se passe autour de lui, et passablement cynique, Welcome in Vienna présente une vision de l'intérieur, authentique et humaniste. An interesting novel, thought provoking and well worth the read. I got 2/3 of the way through and couldn't go on. Leaving Berlin is my favourite novel of the past decade, so I’ve worked backwards through Joseph Kanon’s bibliography to see what other gems he has. The Bestselling author of Los Alamos and Alibi returns to 1945. However I did feel that the "moral" dilemma of the time was well addressed. The city was in ruins and occupied in different zones by the Allies who are trying to institute a program referred to in the novel as the 4 Ds: demilitarization, de-Nazification, decartelization, and democracy. Great story, beautifully told. At first, the murder and the search for Lena do not seem connected, but with the help of German detective, the relationship becomes clear. While the process is beginning of identifying and trying war criminals, there is a countervailing movement to return Germany to normalcy, in part by letting some morally questionable acts go unpunished--especially if the perpetrators, like certain scientists, can be of use to the victors. I didn’t notice, nor was I alert to any profanity. Identische Verleihversion am 06.07.2007 mit EAN 7321925005141 Steven Soderberghs The Good German ist die Verfilmung des Romans In den Ruinen von Berlin von Joseph Kanon: ein undurchschaubarer romantischer Thriller in der Tradition des klassischen Film noir. On the day her fiance came out and left her at the altar, Faith escaped to the West Coast, where she’s had a thriving... by THE GOOD GERMAN. If you enjoy WWII fiction that reads like fiction, then you will love this book. This tension between right and wrong--on a individual and societal level--in the setting of a city traumatized both by its Nazi past and its defeat and destruction makes this a powerful novel. The story was just exciting. They showed us the city including a massive war memorial to the Russian soldier (in the Russian sector of course), the Brandenburg gate and Checkpoint Charlie, a refugee camp, the Voice of America studio, the Free University, etc. The characters and plot are carefully developed, but the central theme is the reality that an entire nation is guilty of genocide, thus the challenge to find "the good German" If you like intrigue, complex plots and are fascinated by the torment of Europe in the middle of the 20th century, this book will captivate you. While looking for his German mistress who he left four years prior, he stumbles across a murder of an American soldier in the Russian section of Berlin. Sold to me at a half price or probably lesser than that, I kept this book in my shelf for almost a year before someone read it and got so impressed that they recurrently begged me to consider reading it. This is a fascinating thriller that skilfully and thoughtfully examines the post-War settlement. I couldnt tell what was going to come next or who to trust. And then Kanon thinks he's being edgy by writing in a bunch of short sentence fragments. The Good German ein Film von Steven Soderbergh mit George Clooney, Cate Blanchett. Our head professor and poli sci professor escorted a group of us 63 American college students and got a bunch of new gray hairs. Although the story’s premise might be a fantasy—it takes place in a world in which a divorced-mom Texan Democrat won the 2016 election—the emotions are all real. The first is that there's way too much dialogue. You could easily use it as a tour guide of a different kind. The search for his missing lover, the efforts to bring Nazis to justice, the details of the camps, so much violence, so much sadness. He also wants to find out what happened to Lenas husband, Emil, a scientist working. Then advanced weaponry made possible by the Industrial Revolution and the evolution nationalism with its demands for expanding borders eventually led national leaders to wage total war. Although I couldn't get the movie actors out of my mind while reading the book; George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, I really enjoyed this novel set in 1945 Berlin. It is hard to find the moral high ground. ‧ I have to admit, I did not finish this book which is unusual for me. The Good German is a thrilling historical mystery, with a gripping underlying psychological exploration. GENERAL MYSTERY & DETECTIVE | In The Good German … While searching for his Lena and the soldier's killer, Jake comes to understand that the American Military Government is already fighting a new enemy in the east, busily identifying the "good" Germans who can help win the next war including von Braun and his scientists. When Jake stumbles on a murder -- an American soldier. I do like the way in which he tackles guilt, remorse, and Vergangenheitsbewaltigung. In young William Teufel, Bock gives us a character of melancholy complexity, a boy caught between loyalties, whose world is being unmade even as he struggles to find his place within it. So many that I wish I had taken notes at the beginning of the book. Kanon also brilliantly captures the atmosphere of distrust between the allies and civilian population, and you can verify the book's key elements of the occupation on the US Nationals Archives website (which is fascinating). Throughout most of the past millennium war has been largely a civilized affair fought by professional armies operating under established rules. A-bomb development, Russians, and cuckoldry worked well for Kanon in his 1997 bestseller Los Alamos. Dezember 2006 startete der Film in New York City, Los Angeles und Toronto, eine Woche später in ganz Nordamerika.Die Europapremiere war im Februar 2007 auf der 57. While this book is an 'old school' guide, you may find the nostalgia appealing. Sorting it all out will involve an unpleasant congressman, a treacherous but tragic Jewish mother, some waifs, a cynical German ex-cop, and, off in the distance but not to be ignored, rocketeer and future Disney property Werner von Braun. I'm interested in Joseph Kanon's books. While exciting, I wasnt a nervous wreck, like in so many thrillers (which makes reading not so enjoyable). If Tom Clancy and Casablanca had a love child, it'd be this book, and it's a great read. It is July 1945, the time of the Potsdam Conference. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, by Kanon's The Good German starts slowly, designed to immerse the reader in the atmosphere of the Berlin of the early post-war months. Alex and Henry must decide if they’ll risk their futures, their families, and their careers to take a chance on happiness. McQuiston’s strength is in dialogue; her characters speak in hilarious rapid-fire bursts with plenty of “likes,” “ums,” creative punctuation, and pop-culture references, sounding like smarter, funnier versions of real people. The story of a U.S. journalist returning to war-torn Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference. "Absorbing and disturbing, intimate and sad, Dennis Bock's The Good German imagines an alternate history of World War Two that is no less savage for not being true. Think about all of the options you have for learning a new language like German. 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