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A Small Death In Berlin By Annie Ayre,

  • Title: A Small Death In Berlin
  • Author: Annie Ayre
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  • Page: 342
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • BASED ON THE MOVIE JUST A GIGOLO STARRING DAVID BOWIE AND MARLENE DIETRICH Berlin between the wars A time of change, a time of upheaval Paul von Pryzgodski was a young Prussian man whose life had led him to expect heroism, but instead he found failure In the closing hours of the First World War, Paul is wounded, and he wakes up in a strange French hospital, with no re BASED ON THE MOVIE JUST A GIGOLO STARRING DAVID BOWIE AND MARLENE DIETRICHBerlin between the wars A time of change, a time of upheaval Paul von Pryzgodski was a young Prussian man whose life had led him to expect heroism, but instead he found failure In the closing hours of the First World War, Paul is wounded, and he wakes up in a strange French hospital, with no recollection of how he got there, and no idea which side has won the war He staggers out of the hospital and jumps on a train to Berlin, only to find that everything has changed and not for the better His father is comatose, and his beloved aristocratic mother has now been reduced to running a house for working girls Not only that but his childhood sweetheart, Cilly, has also lost her innocence, and is no longer the girl he used to know Desolate and alone, Paul struggles to find a place for himself back home, and after a string of failed jobs, he finds himself embarking on an unusual career path In a whirlwind of champagne, glitz, glamorous women and sordid affairs, Paul discovers a side to himself that he never knew existed A Small Death in Berlin was originally published as Just a Gigolo and is based on the film of the same name PRAISE FOR A SMALL DEATH IN BERLIN Brilliant An ironic and darkly comic exposition on the futility of war The LA Times Beautifully told Is the film of the book as good as the book of the film The Daily Mail As sharp as a diamond A tragic farce that slashes at the wasted heroism of soldiers to reveal the horror and ludicrousness of war The Guardian Already becoming a cult classic that reaches far beyond the obsession of David Bowie fans With overtones of the frantic generation between the wars, brilliantly shown in Christopher Isherwood s Cabaret, it joins the pantheon of books written about the lost generation destroyed in the Great War The Toronto Sun In the genre of Evelyn Waugh s Sword of Honour trilogy The tragedy of war overlaid with black humour The Sunday Times Annie Ayre was born in the middle of a thunderstorm in the Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir, to a family of travelling actors When she was twelve, her parents died on a frozen train during a blizzard in Russia Nobody thought to tell Annie that she was an orphan Forgotten for years, she remained at school until the nuns traced her paternal grandparents, writing that it was time she left school they must claim her Finally shipped home to Scotland, she was welcomed, but it was obvious from the crumbling ruin they lived in that the family was broke She got work as a junior on a local newspaper and developed her early career in that field These days she writes books set in the many places she has lived Annie Ayre is her mother s maiden name She is also the author of A Year in Tuscany, Midnight Dancer and The Roar of the Tiger Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks.
    A Small Death In Berlin BASED ON THE MOVIE JUST A GIGOLO STARRING DAVID BOWIE AND MARLENE DIETRICH Berlin between the wars A time of change a time of upheaval Paul von Pryzgodski was a young Prussian man whose life had led

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    1. This was just not the book for me My mistake, as I ve found out that books based on films are usually not great.Any film that had David Bowie in it, is great and so I thought the book would be great too The plot is hard to follow, there are many situations that don t translate from the film and are just awkward Not much to say from me.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    2. Originally published as Just a Gigolo and subsequently turned into a much acclaimed film, this relatively short novel follows the fortunes of Paul von Pryzgodski, a young Prussian officer who eventually makes his way back to Berlin after being wounded in the very last minutes of WWI Trying to adjust to life in a very different world, he finds a new and unexpected career In its depiction of decadent Berlin between the wars, with the rise of Hitler and Nazism in the background, it s a fascinating [...]

    3. Not at all what I expected from the blurb Found this book quite disjointed and hard to follow There were a lot of good points too but it as only when I d finished it and realised that there was a film with David Bowie in the lead role that it all made sense and I could see how he would have been perfect.

    4. Just a gigolo everywhere I goPeople know the part I m playingPaid for every dance, selling each romanceEvery night some heart betrayingThere will come a day youth will pass away,Then what will they say about me When the end comes, I know,They ll say Just a gigolo, And life goes on without meI was curious to read this book because I watched the film version after David Bowie died I am not sure what readers who haven t seen the movie would make of it Like the film, the book is strange and interest [...]

    5. Surprisingly goodI liked the clearly drawn characters and the description of the harsh times in Berlin after the war It was moving in a non sentimental way.

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