The Crooked Maid

The Crooked Maid

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Vienna, 1948. The war is over, and as the initial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives amid the rubble. Anna Beer returns to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering her husband's infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgive him. Traveling on the same train from Switzerland is eighteen-year-old Robert Seidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather's sickbed and the secrets of his family's past. As Anna and Robert navigate an unrecognizable city, they cross paths with a war-widowed American journalist, a hunchbacked young servant girl, and a former POW whose primary purpose is to survive by any means--and to forget. Meanwhile, in the shells of burned-out houses and beneath the bombed-out ruins, a ghost of a man, his head wrapped in a red scarf, battles demons from his past and hides from a future deeply uncertain for all.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2013
ISBN: 9781482940961
1482940965
9781482940947
1482940949
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (approximately 15 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in

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Very dark reading, crass in many places (the type of description of dirt and gore to appeal to 12 year old boys). There is no comic relief, it all gets worse and worse for the characters. If you like Kafka you'll love this book. I had to skim through it as it was too emotionally brutal. I could not connect with the humanity in any of these characters.
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