The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear Set in the first four years following the end of the Second World War Berlin has been devastated by the Russians It is a tragic city by day and one of revelry by night a city in which cold famine a

  • Title: The Dancing Bear
  • Author: Frances Faviell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 215
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  • Set in the first four years following the end of the Second World War, Berlin has been devastated by the Russians It is a tragic city by day and one of revelry by night, a city in which cold, famine and sickness underline the physical and spiritual destitution of the German capital This moving portrait of postwar Berlin is told through the eyes of a British officer s wifSet in the first four years following the end of the Second World War, Berlin has been devastated by the Russians It is a tragic city by day and one of revelry by night, a city in which cold, famine and sickness underline the physical and spiritual destitution of the German capital This moving portrait of postwar Berlin is told through the eyes of a British officer s wife stationed there, as she becomes increasingly involved with the Altmann family It is a story gives meaning to the dualistic character of Germany, in which the spirit of Mein Kampf lingers on in both the Communist faction and in the Nazi revival.

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    1. A fascinating and painful look at Berlin after WWII from the perspective of the wife of a British official (who is, oddly, rarely mentioned). A must read for those interested in the growth of post-war communism. I was reminded of Tippy's angst in Janet Lambert's Little Miss Atlas but (a) Tippy was mostly having fun/falling in love and (b) she was not tough enough to survive what these young women went through. As I am also reading The Women in the Castle, it was interesting to consider how much [...]

    2. I’ve read several books on World War Two depicting the years leading up to and covering the war itself, but this was a new perspective I hadn’t explored in that it recounts the aftermath of Germany’s surrender and life in and around Berlin between autumn 1946 and autumn 1953. The author lived in Germany with her husband who served in the British Control Commission of Germany (CCG) during these years.“Poor bear, he must dance to every tune.” This is a poignant summary of Olivia Faviell [...]

    3. A fascinating story of life from a British viewpoint in Berlin in the months after the end of WW2, this book made me laugh, and it made me cry. The description of the dreadful hardships faced by Berliners was both an eye-opener and a warning against the horrors of wars in the future.

    4. Set in Berlin during the Occupation by France, American, Britain and Russia following World War 2.This is a well written and informative memoir, although quite distressing at times.

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