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Prater Violet Prater Violet Is The Most Charming Novel I Have Read In A Long Time Diana TrillingOriginally Published In , Christopher Isherwood S Prater Violet Is A Stingingly Satirical Novel About The Film Industry It Centers Around The Production Of The Vacuous Fictional Melodrama Prater Violet, Set In Nineteenth Century Vienna, Providing An Ironic Counterpoint To Tragic Events As Hitler Annexes The Real Vienna Of The S The Novel Features Vivid Portraits Of The Imperious, Passionate, And Witty Austrian Director Friedrich Bergmann And His Disciple, A Genial Young Screenwriter The Fictionalized Christopher Isherwood


About the Author: Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood was a novelist, playwright, screen writer, autobiographer, and diarist He was also homosexual and made this a theme of some of his writing He was born near Manchester in the north of England in 1904, became a U.S citizen in 1946, and died at home in Santa Monica, California in January 1986.Isherwood was the grandson and heir of a country squire, and his boyhood was privile



10 thoughts on “Prater Violet

  1. says:

    A brief novella with no chapters published in 1945 Isherwood is as good as ever It is autobiographical and the main character is called Christopher Isherwood It describes Isherwood s time as a screenwriter on the film Little Friend in 1934 The central character is a film director Friedrich Bergmann based on Berthold Viertel It is set at the time of the rise of Nazism, just before the Anschluss Bergmann is an Austri


  2. says:

    Scrive Manganelli nella nota finale Se Isherwood scrivesse musica, la sua predilezione ha qualcosa di infantile andrebbe ai fiati romanzi per oboe, clarinetto, per corno di bassetto Il corno di bassetto aereo di quella ariosit serale e boschiva che s accompagna ad una solitudine insieme pittoresca e irreparabile un precario sorriso custodisce una delicata risonanza, l allucinazione dell eco, una sonorit pensosa, e insi


  3. says:

    A masterpiece Does in 128 pages what contemporary or recently deceased masters can t do in a thousand pages Every word, every sentence perfect.The narrator, Christopher Isherwood, who is not the author but is the author, is hired to work on a film that is directed by an Austrian Jew in London during the fall of his country to Hitler This slim book shows you everything that s wrong and that s right in the times and tells you all yo


  4. says:

    Isherwood, himself in the novel as novice scriptwriter, and his new acquaintance the German film director Bergmann, during their first lunch with the studio head Chatsworth The cigar somehow completed Chatsworth As he puffed it, he seemed to grow larger than life size His pale eyes shone with a prophetic light For years I ve had one great ambition You ll laught at me Everybody does They say I m crazy But I don t care He paused Then announ


  5. says:

    A wafer thin parable Isherwood in London writes, on assignment, a trite film script while Europe prepares for W2 Get the irony His writing is clean and crispy clear, as usual, but only the last couple of pages crack anything personal or profound The real irony about Isherwood, whose reputation continues to rise today, is that until a hit 60s musical Cabaret was produced from a play by someone else based on his Berlin Stories, no one in Am


  6. says:

    This is one of my favorite books My uncle gave me a copy when I was in high school, and I have re read it every couple years, ever since.Isherwood is better known for Berlin Stories, a semi autobiographical work on pre Nazi Germany which became the basis for Cabaret.Prater Violet is a semi autobiographical account of the young Isherwood was hired to write the screenplay for a relentlessly fluffy Ruritanian musical comedy, Prater Violet, to be shot in Lon


  7. says:

    I found PRATER VIOLET an engaging novella that effectively satirizes the making of movies in the 1930s The first person narrator, Christopher Isherwood, is a close adjunct to the author, and not above having a bit of fun with the making of a cloying studio movie set in Olde Vienna whose director is worried sick about the onslaught of fascism in the real Vienna, where his close relatives are marooned The movie studio is set in London but much of the plot could ap


  8. says:

    First Line Mr Isherwood Yes, the protagonist of this book is Mr Isherwood himself Quite unusual, but also quite brilliant The story takes place in London just before WWII, where Isherwood is working on a screenplay with Friedrich Bergmann We follow the writing process and part of the movie production of Prater Violet probably inspired of Isherwood s i.e the real Isherwood own experience as a screenwriter in the 1930s.The story is also about the friendship betwee


  9. says:

    POST READ Christopher speaks There is one question that we seldom ask each other directly it is too brutal And yet it is the only question worth asking our fellow travellers What makes you go on living Why don t you kill yourself Why is all this bearable What makes you bear it Could I answer that question about myself No.Yes Perhaps And so Christopher does answer the question s In that lucid, revelatory and directly simple fashion of his But you will have to read it for yoursel


  10. says:

    This book completely revitalized me It s economy of language and precise plotting were refreshing and educational I highly recommend it to anybody interested in novels that revolve around a central absence, here the impending outbreak of WWII as told through the sieve of a meaningless romantic comedy.If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for reviews


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