The Pages: A novel

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The narrator of this book is the book that this book is about. This is a device that has been used recently in a few books. It is interesting as far as it goes, but when the book narrating the book is forced to describe all the happenings in the story, it becomes distracting and incoherent. The book-narrator in this book is a recently rediscovered book by Ukrainian Joseph Roth called Rebellion. It is a great anti-war novel about what happens to a disabled veteran when left to society’s mercy.

In this novel, the book has been saved from the fires of Nazi book burning in World War II by the heroine’s grandfather. The heroine, Lena Knecht, travels to Berlin to retrace the book’s passages and try to discover the meaning of a map drawn in the pages of the book. Her book is stolen from her along with her belongings as she arrives in Berlin. She has adventures in the city until it is ultimately returned to her. This book is difficult to follow. It does draw parallels between World War II and the recent return of fascism.

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Author Hugo Hamilton
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 01-Feb-2022
ISBN 9780593320662 Buy this Book
Issue April 2022
Category Modern Literature