The Wall

  • by Marlen Haushofer
  • Narrated by Kathe Mazur
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

“I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead....” writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival but also self-renewal.
The Wall is at once a simple and moving journal - with talk of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one’s name - and a disturbing meditation on 20th-century history.


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Strange, moving and unforgettable

If you could sum up The Wall in three words, what would they be?

Strange, moving and unforgettable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is only one character and while we know little about her events render her "identity" irrelevant and instead we get to know the interior soul of this woman and she is utterly compelling.

Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't but the performance is excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is no one moment in the book rather the whole atmosphere and subtext of the book is very powerful.

Any additional comments?

This book is unlike anything I have read or listened to before I choose it after seeing the film based on the book which was also excellent and the book did not disappoint. It would be hard to categorise this book as just one thing it touches on ecology, spirituality, feminism but in an oblique fashion which is devastating and profound. This book could be called science fiction but it really is in a class of its own. Highly recommended to anyone considering it.

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- Betty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.