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    A short uncomfortable novel that relates the story of Stefan Vogel who left East Germany with his wife in 1986 to go live in the United States The story starts in 2003 or so then goes back to his childhood up to the time leading up to

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    Another unreliable narrator but this time one who admits his lies but then how do we know these aren't lies as well Dissident poet in East Germany who never wrote or read anything

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    Stefan Vogel the main character in Lasdun's novel is a vaguely likeable character who drifts through life getting himself into alarming difficulty through no apparent effort of his own In fact when something bad befalls him he dismis

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    attracted by the book title i bought it at a second hand bookstore in taiwan i thought the book will be a detective or ethical book

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    Seven Lies is not the easiest book to read While many I'm sure myself occasionally included will trip from time to time over the vocabulary used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it the attitude of the main character whose perspective the story is told from In parts of this book he seems to be j

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    Though the cover blurb about knuckle whitening tension of a thriller is overblown Lasdun does confirm a chilling insight repressive regimes often succeed by recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work f

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    I was living in Munich when the old Stasi East German secret police files were opened It was a wrenching experience for many and fought against for many years People went and looked at their files and discovered which of their friends and even family members had informed on them Many others didn't want to know still others watched their liv

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    Deeply unsatisfying as a whole the individual vignettes comprising ' The Life and Lies of Stefan Vogel' were taut and well rendered From the early and mostly inexplicable seediness of the narrating Stefan to a jarring show of author insertion as Stefan becomes still further detached placed again inexplicably into third person mode w

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    Not in a horror flick gone wild kind of way rather in a chilling suicky fashion The story is like a particularly h

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free read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ò James Lasdun

Part political thriller part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal Seven Lies tells the story of Stefan Vogel a young East German whose yearnin Another unreliable narrator but this time one who admits his lies but then how do we know these aren t lies as well Dissident poet in East Germany who never wrote or read anything

summary Seven Lies: A Novel

Seven Lies: A Novel

Fantasy come true his past seemingly locked behind the Berlin Wall and a new life of unbounded bliss ahead of him But then his world begins to fall apart Though the cover blurb about knuckle whitening tension of a thriller is overblown Lasdun does confirm a chilling insight repressive regimes often succeed by recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work for them This was especially true in the former East Germany Instead of crafting startling plot twists the narrator s lie is fairly predictable Lasdun focuses on portraying the pervasive corruption of a society in which even those on the lowest levels have the power to withhold or grant favors not for the sake of currying favor with the State but solely to gratify their own debased appetites His first person narrator describes his life in this world with the acute perception of a Henry James character For example this encounter with a lecherous informant the door man in his apartment building As we walked in silence down the service Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. repressive Burning Attraction regimes often succeed by The Numbers Game recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work for them This was especially true in the former East Germany Instead of crafting startling plot twists the narrator s lie is fairly predictable Lasdun focuses on portraying the pervasive corruption of a society in which even those on the lowest levels have the power to withhold or grant favors not for the sake of currying favor with the State but solely to gratify their own debased appetites His first person narrator describes his life in this world with the acute perception of a Henry James character For example this encounter with a lecherous informant the door man in his apartment building As we walked in silence down the service

free read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ò James Lasdun

Gs for love glory and freedom express themselves in a lifelong fantasy of going to America By a series of increasingly dangerous maneuvers he makes this Seven Lies is not the easiest book to read While many I m sure myself occasionally included will trip from time to time over the vocabulary used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it the attitude of the main character whose perspective the story is told from In parts of this book he seems to be just alive not diminishing not improving not happy nor sad just there and in his period of just existing I find myself easily distracted still reading but off in my head somewhere else and I ll be two or three paragraphs ahead before I realize I m not really reading the book but instead thinking of things I should do today or that I need to get something in particular done at work today And that may not seem uncommon to some but when I read I forget the entire world and everything in it and all that exists is the words wri