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By Neil on 24-08-15
Good account of misplaced youthful idealism
I was active in CND and travelled to East Berlin in the same period and was rather bemused my East German had never heard of Leon Trotsky. I didn't share the protagonist's delusion in a workers' paradise behind the Iron Curtain and feel the story would have been more authentic with a female Citizen Smith style character rather than the daughter of a tankie (fundamentalists who supported the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia). Rebellious youngsters seldom follow their parents' political persuasion. Nonetheless the book offers great insights into the crazy world of left-wing activists and the dreariness of 1980s Middle England.
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By bookworm on 10-04-18
Great book, shame about the narrator
German is a widely learnt language. Surely Audible can find a narrator who can pronounce the most basic words and names? The girl in the book is really clever and loves learning German, so I find it hard to believe she wouldn't be able to pronounce the word for 'the'? I guess I'm being pedantic but I'm finding it very cringeworthy.