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The Post Office Girl: Stefan Zweigs Grand Hotel Novel Kindle Edition
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Christine is roused from this existence by a telegram from her rich aunt, inviting her to a resort in the Swiss Alps. And here, she discovers life rather than existence. Alas, it cannot last, at least not in this form.
It's the telling of the story, by the impersonal narrator, that caught and then held fast my attention. Whatever other messages the reader takes from this story, it is impossible to ignore the tragedy and loss as a world shudders in response to one war, in a period which we 21st century readers know will soon be followed by another. It's a combination of this knowledge, Mr Zweig's prose, and speculation about his intentions in writing it but not seeking its publication that make this story so moving.
`Someone who's on top of the world isn't much of an observer: happy people are poor psychologists.'
Stefan Zweig wrote this novel in the aftermath of World War One, but it was not published in his lifetime. It was first published in Germany in 1982 and was published in English in 2008. Zweig committed suicide in a pact with his second wife in Brazil in 1942.
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Wonderfully written story that takes you through an emotional and descriptive journey of two sadly lost souls. Not a fun read but !Published 4 months ago by tom ryan
This is a great piece of writing - unfortunately it feels unfinished.Published 14 months ago by Alan Hartman
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