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Berlin Blues Paperback – December 28, 2004
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Calling someone "Mr." and using the informal version of you is a contradiction in German. Combination of formal and informal. When Frank's friends start calling him Mr. Lehmann when he turns 30, it is a bit joke.
I highly recommend watching the movie (Herr Lehmann). One of those few examples where the movie really represents the book well. Plus, it has a great soundtrack! Herr Lehmann [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Germany ]
The book is still great, especially for anybody who has spent any time in Berlin, but if you're giving it as a gift to a Germanophone recipient, buy the original text. The informal style and writing also make the German version suitable for people who are still learning German.
There is local context, and if you are familiar with the city or its history in regards to those areas, it really helps in appreciation. A fair representation of the dating scene, artists, and the youth culture of the city. A good read in general.
That said, this book is AWESOME. It'll have you absolutely crying with laughter. Frank Lehmann is one of the best main characters I've ever read. His honesty gives him a uniquely interesting perspective and insight.
The only problem is that the quality of the translation is not quite what it should be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story was alright. I don't connect to male characters very much, and I didn't really get into this as much as Woman in Berlin.Published 2 months ago by Sierra
I bought the book in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Berlin. It takes place in 1980's West Berlin, but doesn't have much local context. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by seebo
I haven't read it. However, I have read the original German novel and seen the movie. I am reading another book by the same author that would probably be called The Little Brother... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Not much to say. I got this boo for a German Lit class, and I actually liked it. One of the few I did. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Quinz