The Crooked Maid

The Crooked Maid

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Vienna, 1948. The war is over, and as the initial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives amid the rubble. Anna Beer returns to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering her husband's infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgive him. Traveling on the same train from Switzerland is eighteen-year-old Robert Seidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather's sickbed and the secrets of his family's past.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, p2013.
ISBN: 9781482940961
Branch Call Number: VYLET
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (15 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Very dark reading, crass in many places (the type of description of dirt and gore to appeal to 12 year old boys). There is no comic relief, it all gets worse and worse for the characters. If you like Kafka you'll love this book. I had to skim through it as it was too emotionally brutal. I could not connect with the humanity in any of these characters.
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