The Abominable

My final read for this year’s RIP In June of 1924 reports from Everest reveal that George Mallory and Andrew Irvine have vanished, missing, presumed dead in their attempt to reach the summit. The news reaches our narrator, Jake Perry, as he himself is climbing a mountain. He is accompanied by Richard Deacon, a man […]

Until the Final Hour

At 22 she dreamed of being a ballerina, yet she ended up working for and “liking the greatest criminal ever to have lived.” In this book she simply retells her experiences, without really putting her own interpretation to her actions and feelings. Throughout the book we come up against that old cliche, the banality of […]

Downfall [Der Untergang]

Opening with a group of young women being escorted by armed soldiers to meet Hitler, Downfall is not your average World War II film. Yes, it has guns, violence, death and soldiers, but this film tells of the last few weeks of the third reich from the perspective of those in the bunker with Hitler. For the most part we are shown the world through the eyes of Trudl Junge, one of those young women from the opening scene who became Hitler’s secretary.
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