Goodbye to Berlin Here meine Damen und Herren is Chrisopther Isherwood s brilliant farewell to a city which was not only buildings streets and people but was also a state of mind which will never come again In link

  • Title: Goodbye to Berlin
  • Author: Christopher Isherwood
  • ISBN: 9780586047958
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Here, meine Damen und Herren, is Chrisopther Isherwood s brilliant farewell to a city which was not only buildings, streets and people, but was also a state of mind which will never come again.In linked short stories, he says goodbye to Sally Bowles, to Fraulein Schroeder, to pranksters, perverts, political manipulators to the very, very guilty and to the dwindling band oHere, meine Damen und Herren, is Chrisopther Isherwood s brilliant farewell to a city which was not only buildings, streets and people, but was also a state of mind which will never come again.In linked short stories, he says goodbye to Sally Bowles, to Fraulein Schroeder, to pranksters, perverts, political manipulators to the very, very guilty and to the dwindling band of innocents It is goodbye to a Berlin wild, wicked, breathtaking, decadent beyond belief and already in the years between the wars welcoming death in through the door, though with a wink than an whimper from the back cover

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    1. I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking (p.1)I catch sight of my face in the mirror of a shop, and am horrified to see that I am smiling. You can't help smiling, in such beautiful weather. The trams are going up and down the Kleiststrasse, just as usual. They, and the people on the pavement, and the tea cosy-cosy dome of the Nollendorfplatz station have an air of a curious familiarity, of striking resemblance to something one remembers as normal and pleasant i [...]

    2. Goodbye to Berlin indeed!, at least as it was, and the rest of Europe for that matter, as storm is growing within the German establishment, a storm that will go on to wreak havoc across the land and neighboring Poland as Hilter sets in motion the beginning of the darkest time for humanity in the twentieth century. Originally planned as a huge novel titled "The Lost" covering the years of pre-Hitler Berlin, but was deemed to grandiose for the short stories and diaries written during this time, Ch [...]

    3. "Even now I can´t altogether believe that any of this has really happened "But it did happen. All of it. Although the Goodbye to Berlin is only semi autobiographic it gives a fine picture of Berlin between wars. The poor staying poor, the rich getting richer, the intellectuals turning communists and the working class looking for a strong leader to set everything right.In between the class struggle is "Herr Christoph", a foreigner, an upcoming writer, teaching English to spoiled upper class kids [...]

    4. One of the small pleasures of growing older is that you can re-read your favourite books and, for the most part, they seem fresh and new; one fondly recalls the core story but generally forgets the local colour, the descriptions and prose styling. I was recently reading “Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America” by Christopher Bram; in it he discussed Christopher Isherwood and “Goodbye to Berlin.” Ironically my online book group was reading it at the same time. So, I decided [...]

    5. I believe at one point this novel was going to be called Miserable Mopey English Sod has Absolutely No Fun in Berlin which would have left the reader in no doubt.I am not so silly as to have expected "Two Ladies" or "The Gorilla Song" in Goodbye to Berlin, as I have discovered since I read Oliver Twist that sometimes they make up songs and add them randomly into the story when they film these books. But I did expect to be reading about Sally Bowles and her exploits at the Kit Kat Club – after [...]

    6. "The Berlin Stories" all contain so many colors & emotions that the whole desolate grey Berlin of our dreams is pretty much obliterated. Well sort of. The writer's autobiographical anecdotes are inspiring-- this is precisely what a foreigner writing in a strange land should write like. He is mystified, he is the average onlooker, but he participates often and with polarizing results (even his sexual identity is a big ?), usually saying one thing to a character (lying, inventing, distorting) [...]

    7. Christopher Isherwood lived in Berlin in the early 1930s, recorded his experiences in his diaries, and later created the fictional "Goodbye to Berlin". Although Isherwood was raised in an upper middle class home in England, he had a more frugal life in Berlin as an English tutor. To stretch his money, he lived in boarding houses where he met some memorable characters. This book is composed of six chapters (or interconnected short stories) that should be read in order.He tells us about the narrat [...]

    8. Christopher Isherwood lived in Berlin from 1929 to 1933 and kept detailed diaries, from which he created this novel. It's a slow mover, but it has a sense of reality that tells you Isherwood didn't stray too far from his diaries to create it. You see the gradual decline in the fortunes of people of all classes, the undercurrent of growing fear, and the uncertainty about what sort of government will prevail. People tried to go on with life as usual, acclimating so slowly to their future under Hit [...]

    9. What I love about Isherwood's writing is its honesty. He's so transparent and seems incapable of being pretentious. And there's a lovely loneliness to him I find so endearing. Maybe I wish the characters in these stories would have treated him better, or maybe it was he who was too "English" and well-bred to really let his guard down with any of the women and men he met. Of course, the real central figure in this novel of collected vignettes, is Berlin. A Berlin that changes from person to perso [...]

    10. This was not quite what I expected and I wish I had ended up liking it more than I did. The famous sentence from the first page is “I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking". Christopher Isherwood created the novel out of his diaries he kept in Berlin in the early 1930s. Towards the end, Hitler was rising, the city gradually changing and the writer decided to leave Berlin for good. This is the section I really liked. The rest, excepting the character of Sally [...]

    11. Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye.Ora che ho appena finito di (ri)vedere Cabaret (ma chi lo sapeva, allora, che Cabaret era - quasi - Addio a Berlino e viceversa!) nella mia mente le parole di Isherwood si sovrappongono alle immagini del film di Bob Fosse.La Berlino e il tono di Christopher Isherwood sono più pacati, il clima non è così rutilante e gaudente com'è nel film, né la mia immaginazione mi aveva portato a immaginare l'esuberante e disnibita Sally Bowles con gli occhi bistrati, le labbra la [...]

    12. If it wasn't for the movie "Cabaret," which made the Sally Bowles character famous, I don't think I would have found her even close to the most memorable character here. This is a British edition of the material on which - through various steps along the way - the musical and then movie of "Cabaret" were based, but only somewhat. Living in Berlin as I do, I of course took extra interest in the details of the Isherwood character's interactions with Germans in Berlin from a colorfully eccentric bu [...]

    13. Whilst in Berlin recently we went to see Cabaret in German in a spiegeltent. Splendid. Naturally I was looking forward to reading about the very same Sally Bowles in this book, but it turns out that Sally Bowles is a complete English Arse. Utterly unbearable. I think it would be fair to say she's been thoroughly fixed up for the musical and bravo for that decision. Certainly this book improves on the pages in which she is not to be found. There is much to separate this book from Kästner's Going [...]

    14. Solo un fine narratore può rendere per fermi immagini, acquerelli, note diaristiche apparentemente prive di pathos e distaccata ironia, prima il crescente disagio economico della popolazione (mirabile la scena dei cittadini davanti alla prima banca fallita, chiusa, in vana attesa con le borse di cuoio) e poi l'inarrestabile, orribile ascesa della violenza nazista. La vita al tempo della Repubblica di Weimar scorre perfino lieta, anche brillante tra café, locali notturni, gite sul Wannsee, i re [...]

    15. Διηγήματα γραμμένα το 1930-1933 στο Βερολίνο γεμάτα καταπιεσμενη ομοφυλοφιλία, ανικανοποιητους έρωτες, επιπολαιες δεσποινίδες και υποψήφιους εραστές του λούμπεν προλεταριατου. Ο συγγραφέας δεν τολμά να μιλήσει ξεκάθαρα εκείνες τις στιγμές που η ερωτική ένταση μεταξύ των ερ [...]

    16. First published in 1939, Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin consists of a series of six interlinked short stories/sketches inspired by the author’s time in the city during the early 1930s. Originally destined to form part of a large episodic novel focusing on the pre-Hitler era, Goodbye can now be viewed as a companion piece to Isherwood’s earlier novel, Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935). Together, the two books form The Berlin Novels, published in the UK by Vintage Books. Given the f [...]

    17. "It is strange how people seem to belong to places — especially to places where they were not born"Christopher Isherwood brings us fragments of his time in lost Berlin. The odd, bewildered people that he met along the way, the friends who somehow naturally dissolved in and out of each page, the magnitude of the city as it moved within them as their stories unfolded. Sally Bowles was my favourite, Capote's Holly Golightly couldn't even touch her. The book is divided into sections that give a so [...]

    18. I had mixed feelings about this book. I found it to be important and, at times, interesting, but not what I expected. It also had this derivative quality, reminding me of other books I've read. Unfortunately for the author, these were books written after this was published and so no fault of his own. But yet it still felt that way. The character of Sally Knowles is Holly Golightly. Bernhard Landauer was Gatsby, particularly in the scene where he has a garden party and plays as though he's having [...]

    19. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3This novel, which is more like short stories (but it's called a novel where I read about it) is based on Isherwood's years in Berlin (he was there from 1929-1933) and people he knew. I liked part of this and didn't like other parts, but there is no question that he had strong writing abilities. I found this sad and at times rather tragic, which is in part due to the times this is set (the Nazis rise to power happened during this time) and in part to the lives of some of [...]

    20. I actually finished this book four days ago but had to fly to Sydney before I had a chance to write up a review, and then I come home and it's 39-freaking-degrees. Stupid Melbourne weather. Anyway, I didn't think about this book once while I was lounging by the pool or frolicking in the surf like the good little Australian that I am (the stereotype broke down when I took out my copy of Great Expectations, but it was nice while it lasted), which goes to show that it wasn't really that great. Inde [...]

    21. En forma de breves relatos, Isherwood nos muestra algunos aspectos del Berlín de los primeros años del nacismo. La capacidad narrativa refleja personajes que cautivan y otros que desagradan, pero que son atractivosY el autor actúa como una cámara que registra todo lo que ocurre, exponiéndolo ante nosotros como un gran friso que retrata la ciudad.

    22. Goodbye to Berlin is an extremely interesting look at Berlin during the last days of the Weimar Republic and the beginning of National Socialism and the rise of Nazism. Told through the eyes of a young British traveller who captures the eclectic mix of people he meets “as a camera” captures the scenes without embellishment. The novel is split into a series of 6 ‘episodes’ told roughly chronologically but with some artistic licence that allows for the mid-episodes to be ‘stand-alone’ [...]

    23. Engaging collection of connected short stories showing life in 1930-32 Berlin from the perspective of a relatively poor Englishman. The section on Sally Bowles was of course familiar to me from the musical Cabaret though I got a slightly different impression of her character from the book.Isherwood's writing is engaging and I look forward to reading another of his books.

    24. "Io sono una macchina fotografica con l' obbiettivo aperto"Berlino 1930 un giovanotto arriva a Berlino, un distinto giovanotto straniero come ce ne sono tanti, senonché questo giovanotto scriverà molti anni più tardi un libro come "A single man".Ma per il momento non lo sa e si aggira tranquillo per la città con la sola idea di scrivere e di registrare qualsiasi cosa possa essergli utile, senza fare alcuna distinzione e senza avere inutili pregiudizi.E sempre così che si fanno le conoscenze [...]

    25. Berlin is a skeleton which aches in the cold: it is my own skeleton aching. I feel in my bones the sharp ache of the frost in the girders of the overhead railway, in the iron-work of balconies, in bridges, tramlines, lamp-standards, latrines. The iron throbs and shrinks, the stone and the bricks ache dully, the plaster is numb.I read this book on the way to, while in, and saying goodbye to Berlin. (And, eerily enough, was heading to Rügen on the train while reading the chapter on Rügen) A beau [...]

    26. O συγγραφέας παρουσιάζει μια μικρογραφία του Βερολίνου λίγο πριν την οριστική νίκη του φασισμού στη Γερμανία και την καταπάτηση όλων των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων και ελευθεριώνΟ αφηγητής Κρίστοφερ ( έχει το ίδιο ονομ/νυμο με το συγγραφέα ) έρχεται "αντιμέτωπος" με ανθρώπους [...]

    27. Powinno się rozdać tę książkę wszystkim ludziom w Europie. Wait! Przecież już prawie nikt nie czyta

    28. Isherwood gave us a very personal and tender insight into 1930s Berlin, filled with pluralistic decadence and people willing to spend their last money on having a bit of fun. You could feel the upcoming upheaval in the atmosphere but it was clearly stated only near the end of the book; overall the author and the narrator dealt in hints more than in facts. This subtlety was one of the most amazing things about the book. Isherwood rarely outright stated what he really thought but you could see it [...]

    29. To na podstawie tej książki powstał scenariusz filmu Boba Fossa "Kabaret" (z Lizą Minnelli w roli głównej), a dokładniej na podstawie tylko jednego epizodu. Dzieło Isherwood'a nie jest bowiem powieścią, lecz właśnie zbiorem epizodów - wspomnień autora i narratora jednocześnie, które jednak tworzą spójną i bardzo ciekawą opowieść o Berlinie z początku lat 30 ubiegłego wieku.Ponieważ autor zarabia na utrzymanie udzielaniem korepetycji z angielskiego i nie ma stałego lokum [...]

    30. This work is a collection of several long stories set in Germany in the years before and at the beginning of the Holocaust. The first stories were filled with characters so vapid and painfully unlikable (including, in my opinion, Sally, the character made famous by Cabaret)that I was unable to connect with their stories in any way. Knowing what horror was building in Berlin as they went about their shallow, selfish, ugly little lives made the self-centered characters even more unlikable. Then Is [...]

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