Review: THE EMIGRANTS by W.G. Sebald

Living in English recently reviewed The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald for the WWII Challenge.  Here’s an excerpt:

Sebald doesn’t do much explaining, but rather shares the fragments, facts he has gathered. The remainder you have to guess, you have to sense yourself and build the whole picture from the fragments. Photos of people, places, buildings which accompany the text help you in this process of perceiving the era. I guess, knowing the Europe’s history would help reading this book.

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Review: AUSTERLITZ by W.G. Sebald

austerlitz1Tracey from A Book Sanctuary recently reviewed Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Austerlitz of this haunting story is Jacques Austerlitz, who our narrator meets by chance in a waiting room at Antwerp train station in Belgium. They strike up a conversation or rather, Austerlitz speaks and the narrator listens, about the history and architecture of the building. As it turns out, Austerlitz is an architectural historian and this meeting is the first of several, often random, over the course of many years. Each being of similar format, Austerlitz imparting his knowledge and the (unnamed) narrator listening and recallling this for the reader. This could all be quite dull if it wasn’t for the eloquent, almost poetic way that Austerlitz speaks, his vivid yet sensitive thoughts really are beautifully written.

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