Munich

Munich

Book - 2017
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Following the success of Conclave comes Robert Harris's new novel, bound for bestseller-dom as he returns to the historical terrain of his best-known book, Fatherland .

September 1938

Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.

The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich.

As Chamberlain's plane judders across the Channel and the F#65533;rher's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries, Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich together six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.

When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735273528
Branch Call Number: FIC Harri
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm

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Well written but it is difficult to read a book when one knows the outcome...WWII is going to happen despite the machinations of the protagonists.

fineplan Apr 24, 2018

This book stands out among WWII fiction since it actually takes place entirely before the war starts. There is a bit of spy thriller tension, but most of the suspense is political -- and all the stronger because we know their hopefulness is ultimately futile.

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northstar5
Apr 03, 2018

Harris is following the current trend, which I also subscribe to, of re-appraising Chamberlain from a weak, gullible appeaser to one who took a bitter political decision to "throw Czecho under the bus" to give Britain a year to rearm for the inevitable war which Britain was utterly unready for in 1938. The book is a nice merge of fact and fiction, which is Harris's forte. It's detailed account of behind the doors at 10 Downing Street is particularly interesting. However, I didn't find it to be one of his better books

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zipread
Mar 26, 2018

I'm a third of the way through this novel. The setting is one of the most critical periods in recent history. Some of the minor characters include Hitler and Mussolini. That should, in itself, give "Munich" the breadth of an exciting piece of work. And yet, and yet. This novel doesn't make your pulse race. Instead it puts you to sleep. Plot: one out of ten. Character development: one out of ten. What less could anyone ask for. Two thirds of the way through the novel and I'm still where I started from: the beginning. The plot is all anticipationbut the anticipation is still unfilled.
I give up. No more Harris for me. There are lots of good books to read without wasting my time on this.

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memoral
Mar 20, 2018

Even though we all know how the 1938 Munich conference will end Harris writes a crackling yarn. Couldn't put it down.

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tjdickey
Jan 26, 2018

Four days in September, 1938. The backdrop is the summit meeting at which Hitler, Mussolini, and Neville Chamberlain allow Czechoslovakia to be partitioned at the demand of Nazi Germany; two more minor functionaries, sundered Oxford colleagues, conspire to meet in the respective German and English retinues. Even though we know how the big story will end, Harris' characteristic strong plotting, solid research, and touching humanity produce a highly tense and gripping spy narrative with the Gestapo lurking and the fate of nations being decided.

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