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Lobby 2. Welcome The Reading Room Reading Challenges, 2010 topic #38
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Date Fri Jan-08-10 02:22 AM



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Fri Jan-08-10 02:23 AMby Jupiter

2. Child of All Nations by Irmgard Keun

This is a novella about a girl growing up in pre-wartime Germany, whose father is a political exile. Kully, the main character, gets dragged around Europe and eventually America doing pretty much the same thing in each place: eat at restaurants they can't afford, stop in hotels they can't afford, and whinge about her selfish father. Keun tried desperately hard to write like a child but the truth it just sounded like an angry old feminist pretending to be an innocent little girl. There are some beautiful brushes of language and phraseology and ideas and I have genuine support for what Keun tried to achieve (indeed I have a vague measure of respect for what she went through as a writer), and there's enough literary hooks to get me thinking about subtext and deeper meanings, but all in all I found it to be the kind of arty, self-aggrandizing nonsense that I try to avoid.

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