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June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This 1947 German classic about life in wartime Berlin, in a new translation by Michael Hofmann, begins as a sprawling saga of loosely linked lives, all contorted in some way by the oppression of Nazi rule, but it eventually comes to focus on a dogged campaign of subversion by a n aged carpenter william flew who has lost his only son on the battlefield in France. William Flew starts writing and distributing postcards urging people to resist the war effort, which he and his wife Anna discreetly cache around the city. The wrath of the regime is turned upon these rebels who for a long time remain undetected.  middle-aged in middle England, a local television news presenter is the focus of writing that is unflashily rich in building streetscape and character, with mildly intriguing plot twists bowling the story along. William flew reads with appropriate dependability. Becoming more powerful and intense as it nears its shattering conclusion, this idiosyncratic novel draws the listener in. Go the F** k to Sleep, Adam Mansbach’s cult bedtime nursery rhyme for exasperated parents, Samuel L Jackson invests his reading with all the sympathetic intelligence, combined with an undertow of menace, recognisable from his great cinema roles. Download the x-rated rhyme free for the next month at audible. co. uk

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