Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Last Waltz in Venna by George Clare

Title: Last Waltz in Vienna
Author: George Clare
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: MacMillan UK
Published: 1980
Pages: 288

Rating: 3 out of 10

Last Waltz in Vienna is a memoir by a Jewish man who was involved with the events leading up to and during World War II in Vienna, Austria.

As much as I wanted to enjoy it, the author's writing style often gave me the feeling that I was being left out. Once in awhile, there were certain moments of warmth that shone through the rest of the text. These were mainly childhood stories about family and everyday experiences that you would expect when growing up. It was here that the author seemed to write most realistically.

However, the other 95% of the book simply never did anything for me. The politics, as viewed by an actual, normal witness of the events, were no doubt as accurate, but strung together clumsily.