broken glass book

October 25, 2020

What you get is a Munich CID truly ramped up to max speed who pursues the perpetrator behind a growing list of missing women. I enjoy thrillers, mysteries, and detective stories, but this was a little grittier than I normally like. According to his oldest daughter, Georgia, Mies cut a dashing swath through Berlin society: My father—tall, quite slender, with an imperial stride, his head always raised high—looked like a Spanish grandee or a Brazilian hacienda owner.

Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2020. He finally meets the unknown person and th. This is terrible. I'm a fan of crime and thriller books, but I just didn't connect with this one. Initially, he designed homes for wealthy patrons he met as an up-and-coming young architect. Later in life he told his daughter Georgia that he was a “self-created” man. This book must be read in French. This is "recent" history - and I have always loved the super modernist style. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Although you could describe him as a little obnoxious, I liked his character. Will he win this battle over evil? He clearly has a past, and I would like to have known more about it to understand him better. It is bit stream-of-consciousness from a man who is supposed to be recording about his life in a journal but is busier drinking.

Maybe something was lost in the translation but a could have been great book became an OK one. The true story of the intimate relationship that gave birth to the Farnsworth House, a masterpiece of twentieth-century architecture—and disintegrated into a bitter feud over love, money, gender, and the very nature of art. Glad I bought this. Maria Ludwig Michael Mies was born in 1886 and attended the Aachen Cathedral school, studying in the shadow of one of Europe’s most gorgeous cathedrals, a Carolingian-Gothic masterpiece built on the orders of Charlemagne himself.

The book is a translation from German, so maybe that was the problem. Warning: Broken Glass is the second book in the Mirror Sisters series so this review will contain spoilers for the first book. Along the way acute observations are made on racism, colonialism, marriage, class and poverty. I selected this as a free Kindle First Reads book. !” There was something about him that thrived on freedom, required exemption from convention. I didn’t realize this was a translation when I bought it. Mies pursued numerous casual out-of-town liaisons, many of the assignations arranged at the couple’s weekend property west of Berlin. The book, Broken Glass tells us, is a product of a remark he made offhandedly to the bar’s owner, about a certain writer who used to drink like a fish. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA, having previously spent four years at the University of Michigan. A pretty decent mystery thriller.

Alain Mabanckou’s riotous new novel centers on the patrons of a run-down bar in the Congo. The deeper he goes, the more secrets, lies, and. Didn't even get started good because of horrible cursing, etc.

He abandoned the name Maria Ludwig Michael Mies and rechristened himself Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, tacking his mother’s surname Rohe onto the Dutch particles suggesting nobility. He finally meets the unknown person and they work on following clues to find the missing woman and uncover a exclusive spa and drug rehab company that has a secret lab doing unlicensed research and testing. There's a problem loading this menu right now.

I enjoyed reading this book. The book, Broken Glass tells us, is a product of a remark he made offhandedly to the bar’s owner, about a certain writer who used to drink like a fish. His father ran a masonry business. “He had one girl there,” Wigman recalled, who was known as “The Horse,” because she resembled one. An Arbiter Elegantiarum [judge of taste and etiquette], always dressed to the nines. During the 1920s, Mies primarily designed upper-class residences, although he was simultaneously publishing avant-garde designs in the progressive arts journal G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation, which he supported financially and co-edited. Rather uninteresting book about literary drunkenness in a congolese bar (and just consider the missed potential in that sentence!) Alex Beam gives us the details. I'm tempted to keep that sentence going because that's how Mabanckou writes the book: there are no periods, and some paragraphs go for pages. It's a great disappointment. He was on his way out, I was on my way in.”) Mies clearly inspired confidence. There is a lot more good crime out there than this. He is a patron at a bar named Credit Gone West, somewhere in the depths of DR Congo. To give you a preview of Mabanckou’s sense of irony, the novel — verbal jumble — is presented as a journal written by one who grew up as a voracious consumer of great literature, wound up an grammar teacher, and responded to a letter from a govern. He received the Sub-Saharan Africa Literary Prize in 1999 for his first novel, Blue-White-Red, the Prize of the Five Francophone Continents for Broken Glass, and the Prix Renaudot in 2006 for Memoirs of a Porcupine. This is a wonderful translation, and my students were completely taken with the story and Broken Glass's voice. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. The suppose writer, Verre Cassé, has some eduction - he even has been an instructor at a school, before he became addicted to alcohol - he is known as an intellectual. DNF. The storyline was interesting, but it read like a low-budget film.

I found this book on The Guardian's recent list of The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. Very real. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Alexander Hartung lives in his hometown of Mannheim, Germany, with his wife and young son. It was only when we were on the train when she told us that she was eavesdropping on a group of friends who were discussing dramatic events of the night before.

I'm an architect with a particular interest in the Farnsworth House and have visited it and read extensively about it. He is a patron at a bar named Credit Gone West, somewhere in the depths of DR Congo. *, *Architect and critic Christian Bjone calls name changes “an overt Freudian tradition for modern architects as shown in the self re-naming of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Alain Mabanckou already knows most of what’s wrong with his book. ), did the hard work and let us enjoy the story. Main character Nik Pohl is a disheveled, undisciplined mess of a police officer in Munich. “My mother never stopped being in love with my father,” she said. It is scatological in the extreme - one of the regulars wears pampers because of the damage done to him in prison, the protagonist has flies following him after an unfortunate shitting incident, a woman challenges a man to a pissing contest - and there is a relish in the. Many titles are interwoven in the sentences and Holden Caulfield makes an appearance towards the end asking where do ducks go in winter. This has been on my kindle for a while so I finally got into it. The focus is mostly on the relationship between Mies and Farnsworth, and the deficiencies of the "house" as a livable building, and Mies' work generally. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Haus Tugendhat. Among many other fascinating revelations, Alex Beam suggests how far Mies may have indulged his own domestic dreams in designing the Farnsworth House, perhaps even expecting to make use of it. . He does so filling a notebook with pen portraits and accounts of their various adventures. How lucky for me. A gritty police procedural thriller I picked as my October Amazon First Reads selection. Behrens assigned his young assistant to oversee construction of the German embassy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

With only a couple of associates, the protagonist avoids all the endless babble about alternate theories of the crime, while the team gets right into action to solve it. It features an intriguing main character and the story kept me on my toes as it was one thing after another.

Now THAT would have been a great HOOK for this book. Maybe. Welcome back. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. His most recent book is African Psycho. This is one of the better mystery thrillers I have read recently and certainly a good choice by me to pick this one up as my Amazon First Reads selection this month. DNF - German! I found this book on The Guardian's recent list of The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. Having written extensively on Mies, I was really looking forward to this book.

Welcome back. A world-renowned architect. I got this book through Amazon First Reads. I hope they translate all of this authors books. The prologue had all the intrigue needed to get my interest and then I just couldn't read the rest quickly enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A woman who wanted a weekend house where she could enjoy a respite from her hard-working days as a physician. The characters were one-dimensional and fitted perfectly into stereotypical molds. Thankfully, Alex Beam wrote this book. The Complete Paintings and Drawings, The Bowery: The Strange History of New York's Oldest Street, From the Land: Backen, Gillam, & Kroeger Architects, The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire, “An amazing story, brilliantly told . Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020.

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