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The Train Was On Time
The Train Was On Time | Heinrich Boll
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Heinrich Blls taut and haunting first novel tells the story of twenty-four-year-old Private Andreas as he journeys on a troop train across the German countryside to the Eastern front. Trapped, he knows that Hitler has already lost the war ... yet he is suddenly galvanized by the thought that he is on the way to his death. As the train hurtles on, he riffs through prayers and memories, talks with other soldiers about what theyve been through, and gazes desperately out the window at his country racing away. With mounting suspense, Andreas is gripped by one thought over all: Is there a way to defy his fate? From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Abailliekaras
The Train Was On Time | Heinrich Boll
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Our new episode is up! We discuss ‘The Train Was On Time‘ by Heinrich Böll, translated by Leila Vennewitz, introduced by Anna Funder. Part of the fab Penguin European Writers series. Loved this small gem! #BooksOnTheGo ??

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Abailliekaras
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A powerful novella about a man in his war to war, who has a premonition that he won‘t survive the assignment. His sense of impending death is visceral: reading it you feel sick & panicky, as he reflects on things he has never done & places & friends he‘ll never see again. The friendships he makes with 2 soldiers are touching in their honesty; the final scene pure & heart-breaking. It feels true & makes you question the cost of war. A humane book.

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Abailliekaras
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My current read - I read this on a train in Switzerland today and yes, the train was on time! (= Swiss precision 😉). The book is powerful so far. Coming up soon on Books On The Go. 🎧

Cathythoughts Great cover ! Sounds really good 4mo
Abailliekaras @Cathythoughts I‘m liking it so far. 😊 4mo
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