Thursday, 21 July 2011

Kathrine Kressmann Taylor, Address Unknown.

By Alicia Pliego, 1º Bachillerato EFL

Address Unknown is a very interesting book, easy to read. This short novel is made up by several letters that two old friends, Martin & Max, sent to each other. It is a story based on a real one, which can help you to understand the great power that the Nazi movement had in Germany after the First World War.

The two friends lived in San Francisco and they had a business, an Art Gallery there. One day, Martin decided to go back to Germany, the place where he was born and raised, to bring up his children. The two friends stay in touch through their letters and they keep sharing good moments.

But when Martin arrives in Berlin, he sees the incredible social instability of the German society after the First World War. At the same time, Hitler’s power grows and Martin gets very influenced by these Nazi thoughts and, unexpectedly, from one letter to the next, he changes radically. He doesn't want to exchange any more letters with Max. One of the most striking moments is when Max's sister, Griselle, who is an actress, goes to Berlin to act and she says she's Jewish in the midst of her acting...

I would recommend this book to those interested in the situation in Germany when Hitler was in power.

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