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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Delta/S. Lawrence; Edition Unstated edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440510856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440510857
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,317,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am amazed that "Crazy in Berlin", "Reinhart in Love" etc. are not in print even in a trade paperback edition. We need to show more respect for the works of our talented authors. As I remember "Crazy in Berlin", it was a comedic look at postwar Berlin and its denizens. "Reinhart in Love" and "Reinhart's Women" continue the life story of the main character in "Crazy in Berlin". Those who appreciate John Updike and John Irving owe it to themselves to read some of Thomas Berger.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on March 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thomas Berger's first novel and the first in The Reinhart Trilogy, its main theme is contradictions: between appearances and reality, honesty and betrayal, guilt and innocence. Carlo Reinhart is an army medic serving in post-WW II Germany, of German descent, he feels guilty for what just happened in Germany, but at the same time isn't sure why he should be. He meets others caught in similar contradictory binds: an anti-Semite who protected his Jewish wife from the Nazis; a Russian army deserter who becomes a capitalist and is protected by an idealistic communist; a Russian intellectual, tortured by Stalin, who is now a fascist. Even at the end of the book, after Reinhart has killed a man to protect another man (the man he's protecting is killed anyway), Reinhart enters a mental hospital - where he contemplates becoming a psychiatrist (another contradiction). The book is not an easy read as the characters engage in much dialogue regarding politics, philosophy, and nationality. Reinhart untangles himself from the contrariety he experiences and goes home to America. Berger established himself as an important writer with this first novel; though it's not my favorite of his (LITTLE BIG MAN is), it's obviously a major achievement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue B. on March 12, 2013
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One of the very best things about e-books is that they are a means of bringing out-of-print, hard to find, or rare and wildly expensive books, affordably and simply to a new audience. And, hallelujah, here comes Thomas Berger. Little Big Man is amazing and a huge accomplishment, but it is not the only great book he produced--cue the Reinhart saga. The first of these chronicles of Carlo Reinhart is Crazy in Berlin. More serious than you might think from the title, this is a coming of age story for 21 year old Carlo, in the army, in Occupied Berlin. It's a tougher read than most of Berger's others, not as focused in plot or language--it feels dense in a way the other books do not, but it is pretty amazing for a first novel. It's mostly a character study of the people around Reinhart, and his attempts to understand and assimilate them, as well as his own past. The book is a slog in some places, but worth the effort for some unforgettable scenes and characters. I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for reading Berger, or even for reading the Reinhart books. This book is for when you know your way around the Berger universe and want more. Thanks to the publisher for my advance copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Kleinfeld on May 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I agree that the Reinhart series should be in print. I have read all of the Reinhart series and most of the rest of Thomas Berger's novels. Inspired by the Oprah Magazine section "Books That Made a Difference to ---", I am compiling a short list. "Crazy in Berlin" was in the top 5, with two other Thomas Berger novels and two volumes of "The Diary of Anais Nin". The Rienhart series compares very favorably to Updike's "Rabbit" series, and is similar. The other two Berger novels in my top 5 are "Little Big Man" and the neglected "Regiment of Women", a terrific science fiction of a society with gender role reversal. Women rule. If I am not mistaken, this book predates the women's liberation movement of the 60's.
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