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Goodbye to Berlin First Published In 1934, Goodbye To Berlin Has Been Popularized On Stage And Screen By Julie Harris In I Am A Camera And Liza Minelli In Cabaret Isherwood Magnificently Captures 1931 Berlin Charming, With Its Avenues And Caf S Marvelously Grotesque, With Its Nightlife And Dreamers Dangerous, With Its Vice And Intrigue Powerful And Seedy, With Its Mobs And Millionaires This Was The Period When Hitler Was Beginning His Move To Power Goodbye To Berlin Is Inhabited By A Wealth Of Characters The Unforgettable And Divinely Decadent Sally Bowles Plump Fra Lein Schroeder, Who Considers Reducing Her B Steto Relieve Her Heart Palpitations Peter And Otto, A Gay Couple Struggling To Come To Terms With Their Relationship And The Distinguished And Doomed Jewish Family The Landauers.


10 thoughts on “Goodbye to Berlin

  1. says:

    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 in the past like a very good photograph No Even now I can t altogether believe that any of this really happened p.252 So the idea of a camera and of photography frames this little book, my first thought was no, you are not a camera, nor can you be any such assertion always giving rising to the opposite thought But it seems a key idea the author pretends he is not the author just a camera, and his stories just photographs, instantly we wonder why does he pretend not to be human, to be a device And recall that even...


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    The author prefers introspection to action in this novel fed by his own memories He positions himself as a cameraman and simply observes the characters and graciously unfolds their stories while sharing their daily lives.In a historic pre war period marked by the financial crisis and drastic changes from calm before the storm, Christopher Isherwood weaves a subtle story, colorful and poetic.Funny anecdotes, blows of fate, disillusionment, fears, Berlin saw...


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    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 for a penny and once in a while free riding in high society.It s not that easy to make a lasting impression as a writer in your threadbare clothes and old shoes, when your last and only novel sold just 5 copies.So why are you here, Herr Christoph To find myself , seems to be the answer To get away from the bonds of English aristocracy, explore my true nature, and not least my sexuality But I ...


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    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, Christopher Isherwood uses six sketches here forming roughly a continuous narrative between 1930 and 1933, spending this period in Berlin he mixes the decadence and people of high society with also those fearful few who can foresee trouble ahead From his landlady and the tenants who stay in their apartment, young wannabe socialites trying to make it big, and time spent on Ruegen Island with two male friends who s sexual desire causes conflict during their spell together, these individuals stories are told almost like confessions, where Isherwood himself is just lingering in the background listening a hell of a lot but with just the occasional comments made with a wry sense of humour and his prose has a distant style to it, meaning that even though you are intimate and close with those involved there is also a sense of detachment Considering what lies around the corner the reading is humorou...


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    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 to re read it for the first time in twenty five years I have always been a vicarious traveller I ve been to Italy with James and du Maurier, France with Stein and Baldwin, Spain with Hemingway, China with Pearl Buck, Burma with Orwell, and India with Ackerley and Forster all memorable trips, but Germany with Isherwood has been a special treat I love the interaction of the characters and how Isherwood introduces them to us I thoroughly enjoyed the milieu of the boarding house, and the decadence of Berlin circa 1930 Yes, there were Nazis, but their presence ...


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    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 all, in Dickens Fagin doesn t sing You ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two but he is there for the duration so what a disappointment when Sally turns up only for 66 pages and it s just kind of mentioned that she s a got a 2 week gig as a nightclub singer and there s no Kit Kat Club at all, so no outrageous MC and no camp drag acts, and after 66 pages no Sally Bowles And while she s around all she does is irritate by moaning about how she s always spending too much time with the wrong gentlemen and drinking prairie oysters which Isherwood mentions like a million times Right at the end he trawls around a few Berlin night spots and one gay bar is mentioned in one paragraph, and that I guess paragraph was pounced upon by the scriptwriters as their excuse to invent the Kit Kat Club Nothing happens in this novel because it s a thinly fictionalised diary, and not that fictionalised either because he gives his own character the name Christopher Isher...


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    Goodbye to Berlin The Berlin Novels 2 , Christopher IsherwoodGoodbye to Berlin is a 1939 novel by Christopher Isherwood set in Weimar Germany It is written as a connected series of six short stories and novellas These are A Berlin Diary Autumn 193...


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    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 and meaning another Isherwood knows that his naivete only takes him so far he seeks out experience and then we are all the richer for it Goodbye to Berlin is a twofold title in personal and historic terms Isherwood never left Berlin he entertains and proves to be an astute, intrepid travel companion But when his physical p...


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