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When sixteen year old Peter Hithersay discovers that his father is not the affable Englishman married to his mother but an East German political dissident with whom she had a brief affair in the 1960s he travels in search of his past to Leipzig There he falls in love with a be. When I first started to read this book I thought it wasn t going to be one that I liked But as I got deeper into the book I find that I wanted to know about the characters It just had a slow startPeter is looking for Snowleg the girl he met in Leipzig and had a brief affair with He was smitten with her and fell in love But he did a shameful thing and denied that he knew her As Peter grows and continues his studies to be a doctor and with all his love affairs he still wants to know what happened to Snowleg as that is the only name he knew her by It is a story of love and politicsDoes he find Snowleg Well read to find out

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Autiful young woman who is beginning to uestion the way her society is governed But their romance ends uickly and badly when his scheme to smuggle her out of the country goes awry and he is forced to return to EnglandWhen the two Germanies are reunited nineteen years later Pet. An engaging book about living under Stasi rule in East Berlin It s a blend of history romance and the politics of the era I recommend it The Black Painting uestion the way her society is governed But their romance ends Fire and Desire uickly and badly when his scheme to smuggle her out of the country goes awry and he is forced to return to EnglandWhen the two Germanies are reunited nineteen years later Pet. An engaging book about living The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox under Stasi rule in East Berlin It s a blend of history romance and the politics of the era I recommend it

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Er goes back to look for the woman he has never stopped loving But his only clues are the nickname he gave her Snowleg and the archives of the state that drove them apartIn Snowleg Nicholas Shakespeare explores to devastating effect the unassailable dictates of love and politi. Mixed feelings about this improbable white male centred novel which examines guilt and effects of the East German regime It is cheesy full of cliches and amateur sections BUT has some redeeming features 1 it s an entertaining read well suited to holidays and despite some of the sad content you can read uickly 2 the story of the encounter with Snowleg underpinning the novel is lovely intriguing and sad I really wanted to find out about what happened to this mysterious young lady trapped behind the Berlin Wall3 there are a lack of novels particularly in the Anglosphere set in East Germany particularly Leipzig looking at the East german regime I really liked this element and felt this was where it was strongest the scenes around Thomaskirche and the Auerbach s Keller were particularly enjoyable It was well researched4 I felt it did come together and there was beautiful symmetry in how the ends were tied upThere were a lot of negatives and tangents though We seemed to get Peter sw entire broning unnecessary life story Characters like Bettina and the nurses he worked with Ahh give me a break It was really convoluted and long in this way Peter himself was unbelievably irritating and indulgent I am surpuised anyone who was close to him didn t go comepletely no contact Snowleg had a lucky escapeIt could have been way artisitically written I don t know what happened there Worth a read if you are interested in the subject matter as I am but otherwise I d avoid


10 thoughts on “Snowleg author Nicholas Shakespeare

  1. says:

    It's a love story actually Peter grew up in a typical English family with parents and a sister But when Peter was 17 years old her mother told him that he was actually a half German His real father was an East German whom his mother met for

  2. says:

    This novel visits East Germany before and after reunification and evokes the atmosphere the sights and sounds of the time very successfully In it Peter – an English student learns his father is not the man who brought him up but an unnamed East German political prisoner This changes his life and he sets out to

  3. says:

    When I first started to read this book I thought it wasn't going to be one that I liked But as I got deeper into t

  4. says:

    Parts of this novel were good Others were not I don't think it captured the atmosphere of eastern Germany Or the west for that matter I liked the opening pages I started to dislike it when Rodney started to speak to his father in law in an offensive wayI didn't really care about any of the characters least of all Peter who was just a sexist boreboarThe author attempts to be funny and failsFor it to be longlisted for th

  5. says:

    One of the most important myths describing the adult male in Occidental society in my opinion is Eugene Onegin This is a g

  6. says:

    An engaging book about living under Stasi rule in East Berlin It's a blend of history romance and the politics of the era I recommend it

  7. says:

    Mixed feelings about this improbable white male centred novel which examines guilt and effects of the East German regime It is cheesy full of cliches and amateur sections BUT has some redeeming features 1 it's an entertaining read w

  8. says:

    Really enjoyed this book about coming to terms with who you are and the possible conseuences of what you have done Set at the time of EastWest Germany and the Berlin wall it follows the journey of one man who after a startling discove

  9. says:

    If you got into the recent German film The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen you should definitely pick up this book to get another taste of life under the Stasi It was cool to read it while hanging out in the Leipzig of today though I'm not sure how great it is as a novel independent of its subject matter

  10. says:

    I had high expectations for a book written by someone named Shakespeare and I was very dissapointed There are just so many problems with this book dull characters poor writing bad plot devices a couple of historical errors a really uninteresting story Oh dear It WAS easy to read though

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