The Glass Room

  • by Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by Jefferson Mays
  • 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cool. Balanced. Modern. The precisions of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession and the fear of failure - these are things that happen in the Glass Room. High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of World War II gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child.
But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied and perhaps emboldened within the beautiful and austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed, until events come full-circle.


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A Thoroughly Good Read

I could not put this book down. The characters are wonderfully drawn and lived for me. The era it covers is written tactfully but its horror is not overlooked. I found a better understanding of the times and the affect on the different nationalities than any history lesson had done. The use of the house as a medium in which to hold the story together works well, however I was dudappointed that I wad never entirely able to visualise the house. Not sure whether that was writer error or more likely my failing. Perhaps the ending was slightly too comfortable but nevertheless I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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- Sheila

Haunting and beautiful

Jefferson Mays brings this beautiful and moving book to life with his perfect, delicate style. I have enjoyed this immensely and encourage you to read it. Also go to the Villa Tugendhat website and seek out the Virtual Tour to experience the beauty of the house upon which the story is based.
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- Mr. S. Wallace-jones

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-12-2011
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks