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December 02, 2007



Isn't *The Pity of It All* an incredible read!
I invested in a Sony Reader and am downloading and reading wonderful things, such as the great travel book, *Quer Durch Borneo,* by Dr. A.W. Nieuwenhuis, published in the late 19th Century.



Many thanks for your recommendation. Yes, "Pity of It All" should be required reading; it is heartbreaking...

A companion novel to Elon's book is Sybille Bedford's "The Legacy", about wealthy Jewish family in late 19th century Berlin. Bedord was British-German and died in 2006,

Since you are a Kempowski expert, I would love to compare notes on "Letzte Gruesse"....


I found this rather complete summary of Letzte Gruesse,
It sounds too funny for words. The poor hero suffers from guilt and dyspepsia to a tragic degree. And he's a regular Borat about America, which is hilarious!
I will definitely read it, though probably not right away, since I have several novels and travel journals to get through first.

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