- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CMOGZW
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Unfortunately, the year is 1938, Hitler is on the rise and World War II looms on the near horizon. When it becomes clear that war is inevitable, Beatrice has the option to return home, but her desire to live a larger life keeps her loyal to Felix and Dorothea Metzenburg.
Many stories of impending war center on people who either don't know or can't let themselves believe the consequences of staying. Ms. Moore's story is unusual in that the Metzenburgs (in particular, Felix) understand the consequences and yet decide to remain and face what is to come. For Felix, it isn't a loyalty to his country or a particular attraction to his estate (it's his wife's ancestral home). Instead, it's a soul-deep connection to his objects, his "treasure" as the family calls it. He stays to protect his priceless collection of art, antiques, jewelry and porcelain. These objects are in essence his identity; he has no desire to live in a world without their beauty.
For varying reasons, everyone decides to stay, even those who have the means of escape: Beatrice, because she wants no other life; household servants, out of loyalty to their employers; Dorothea, out of love for her husband.Read more ›
The Life of Objects follows Beatrice (Maeve) and the Metzenburgs as they struggle to survive through World War II, first in Berlin, the later at the Metzenburgs country estate. It soon becomes apparent that Herr Felix is suspicious of the new Nazi government. As the war begins, he slowly moves his treasured paintings, Dorothea's jewelry, and much of their silver into hiding places around the estate. He simultaneously tries to help the local villagers, refugees from Poland and Eastern Europe, and wounded or deserting German soldiers while maintaining some semblance of family.
The story offers up many of the well-known atrocities against Jews, homosexuals, and opponents of Hitler's regime through the eyes of the Metzenburg's extended family. They live under the threat of death by their fellow Germans - Gestapo and SS - as well as from the nightly bombing raids across the countryside. Murder, rape, suicide, and destruction are described in some detail.
But I could never connect with either Beatrice or the events described. Somehow, I felt no involvement with the story. I am accustomed to my slowly (or, occasionally, quickly) rising adrenaline levels as I read a good mystery or suspense story - but nothing happened as I read The Life of Objects. While the book seems well-written and reads easily, something is missing.
What would it have been like to survive WWII on the home front of Berlin? How does a survivor of `ground zero' for a losing country change over wartime? Everyday life's struggles/joys; tragedy; atrocity; fear; all mixed with the common denominator of a humanness desire to survive (at least for some.)
"The Life of Objects", a seven-year, dark, gritty saga of Germany home front wartime survival, is a riches-to-rags epic. Post-war society fell into class levels associated with the extent of a family`s suffering. Then the Russian Berlin Sector became a socialist colony. This relatively short book packs all that into the pages. Characters of mixed religion and nationality unite to survive the hellish days of WWII.
Upon concluding the final page I felt strangely rewarded for having read; heart-sick for the survivors (even knowing them fictional), and again personally changed by WW2. A good book for war readers and history lovers. Certainly a look from a new perspective.
Beautiful writing, beautiful metaphor, beautiful characters.
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Even though this is fiction, it is fitting into the era of history that I am focused on at this time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by janet ashby
I enjoyed this read, especially because the narrator is a child who experiences the disillusionment of youth encountering horrors and is also shown the wisdom of older people who... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tom
This descriptive and poetic narrative delivers a tale of coming of age, of longing, of finding one’s place in life and of the desolation of a country ripped apart by war. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs. JDonne
The enjoyment of this book equals the disturbance and cruelty of war. The characters are very vivid as is the description of the era.Published 21 months ago by LU WHO
Another glorious literary novel. Look around you at your home. There are objects there that represent who you are. That's why we keep objects, because they become subjects.Published 24 months ago by unsworthyeti
The novel opens with Beatrice, a young girl living in rural Ireland, discovering that her circumscribed life as the daughter of two self-contained and distant parents, can be... Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Michele DeJong Kaiser
This story is all over the place. The first disc was interesting when the main character Beatrice is introduced but then there is a loss of time when Beatrice arrives in... Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by Eden Elizabeth
This story is well written - there just isn't much of a story. It starts out okay but there doesn't seem to be a climax or an end and that was disappointing. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Biddy Mulligan