The Life of Objects

The Life of Objects

Book - 2012
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Drawn by a mysterious countess into the Berlin household of an aristocratic couple, Beatrice, a young Irish Protestant lace maker, is introduced to the highly rarified world of affluence and art collecting on the eve of World War II.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307268433
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 23, 2017

A brief history of the second world war from a different perspective set in a small aristocratic estate near Berlin. The story is told by a young Irish girl arriving from her village by chance just before the start of the war. Easy to read the survival and fate of the inhabitants and their "objects." Too bad for the German spelling errors.

May 29, 2015

A wonderful novel that succeeded on every level for me: interesting, moving, great characters, and beautifully written. The fairy tale references create a feeling of timelessness despite the World War II setting. I loved the restless energy of the ending.

Feb 26, 2014

It is difficult to understand what motivated Moore to write so sympathetically about the aristocratic class and their life of objects and so negatively about the liberating Red Army. I found it annoying that she always referred to the Soviet Union as Russia. In any case, the heroine grows up and leaves although it is unclear what she has learned.

Jan 22, 2014

Also good audiobook

Aug 06, 2013

This would make a good BBC miniseries. An old story, the decline of the pre-war aristocratic class, told in a fresh and original voice. An unusual take on the WWII novel, this novel’s subject is the Metzenburgs, an entitled non-Jewish family in Germany whose members live for art, for beauty, and style but not for politics. A friend gives them a young Irish lacemaker as a whimsical “gift,” and it’s through her perspective that we see the family slowly being pulled into the vortex of war. The style is somewhat reportorial, lacking in emotion, but the effect nonetheless devastating. The first part might seem slow going, as the family and staff fuss over objets d’art and various seemingly superficial events, but the story builds steadily and I’m glad I stuck with it.

Feb 17, 2013

**** In 1938, Beatrice, a young Irish lace-maker finds herself transported into the world of a family of wealthy Berlin art collectors. She is caught in the middle of World War II with the horrors of deportations, Nazi persecution, refugees and the Red army. Highly recommend, especially if you are are as interested in the WWII era as I am.

Jan 06, 2013

not the typical wwII story that i expected. the narrator grows and changes before the reader's eyes. very well written.


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