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  1. says:

    ”What repels me now about Mr Norris is its heartlessness It is a heartless fairy story about a real city in which human beings were suffering the miseries of political violence and near starvation The wickedness of Berlin's night life was of the most pitiful kind; the kisses and embraces as always had price tags attached to them but here the prices were drastically reduced in the cut throat competition of an over crowded market As for

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    William Bradshaw an Englishman living in Berlin meets on the train Mr Norris He is remarkable and I may even say sophisticated person; by turns charming and crafty narcissistic and vain his manners and attire are elegant and impeccable and his approach to life may be summed up in his own words I only wish to have three sorts of people as my friends those who are very rich those who are very witty and those w

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    This is one of Isherwood’s Berlin novels; almost an historical novel of the last years of the Weimar Republic and was published in 1935 Isherwood was part of a group of young English writers and poets who found England repressive and sought a form of exile this is also partly a novel of exile; the group included Auden and Spender

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    Impressive rich in the anecdotal department I wholly agree that the book lacks a true plot It is of a character study of the flamboyant unpred

  5. says:

    It's nice to be back with Isherwood This novel is nice Well it's Isherwood nice Meaning it's all great until something horrible happens and then he stamps on your heart and never looks back This is a fantastic stu

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    A captivating novel about a duplicitous friendship set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil'Mr Norris Changes Trains' was the first book I have read by Christopher Isherwood since my teens back in the 1970s and I am delighted to report that Christopher Isherwood is every bit as good as I had remembered 'Mr Norris Changes Trains' was published in 1933 and along with 'Goodbye to Berlin' is drawn from Ishe

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    This novel begins with William Bradshaw a young English tutor meeting the slightly ridiculous Mr Arthur Norris on a train to Berlin Mr Norris is nervous at having to present his passport elusive about what he does and with his rather obvious wig and odd habits does not seem as though he is a character to take seriously at

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    He had an animal innocence Isherwood sums up Mr Norris no I mean Gerald Hamilton 1890 1970 the flamboyant and flabby rogue who insp

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    What I expected from this book Suave homosexual man has affair with Englishman he met on a train in Berlin against the backdrop of the rise of Nazism What I got from this book Weird possibly bisexual man gets into too much trouble with the authorities because of his schemes to make money while his possibly bisexual friend tries to protect him

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    Berlin in the 30s the political unrest grows but the demimonde parties on The narrator William Bradshaw lives there nicely as an expat giving

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Summary Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Christopher Isherwood

After a chance encounter on a train the English teacher William Bradshaw starts a close friendship with the mildly siniste. William Bradshaw an Englishman living in Berlin meets on the train Mr Norris He is remarkable and I may even say sophisticated person by turns charming and crafty narcissistic and vain his manners and attire are elegant and impeccable and his approach to life may be summed up in his own words I only wish to have three sorts of people as my friends those who are very rich those who are very witty and those who are very beautiful No wonder that from the first moment William is fascinated by Arthur Norris and accidental meeting right away turns into friendshipWilliam in good faith and due to innate gullibility I show him a little mercy not naming it stupidity attends new friend s life He accompanies Arthur to Berlin s underworld engages in political activity and convinced about his financial problems let himself get entangled in spy affair His interest and friendship to Norris does not falter despite warnings from other friends and Arthur s opaue explanations about his finances dubious activities and disreputable acuaintances Mr Norris changes trains is very well written novel with great evocation of prewar Berlin its inhabitants and decadent atmosphere And though we can sense overwhelming presence of coming Nazis novel has ironic touch and abounds in hilarious incidents Isherwood focuses predominantly on Norris but also introduces distinctive and memorable supporting characters like Baron Pregnitz indulging himself with peculiar likings Olga rather resourceful woman she was a procuress a cocaine seller and a receiver of stolen goods she also let lodgings took in washing and when in mood did exuisite fancy needlework dominattrix Anni or devious Arthur s assistant Schmidt of whom Arthur used to say those who are foolish enough to keep snakes as pets usually have cause to regret it sooner or later We can observe born of the fascism participate in communist rally and drunken orgy as well and our pockets are empty due to galloping inflation But in the turn of events step by step we re coming to the truth of the real Arthur s face and in the end despite his ridiculous excuses and attempts to justify himself we can even oddly enough pity him though we can t deny that he got exactly what he deserved And I may assure you that it was not Anni s whip at all

Review Mr Norris Changes Trains

Mr Norris Changes Trains

R Arthur Norris Norris is a man of contradictions lavish but heavily in debt excessively polite but sexually deviant First. A captivating novel about a duplicitous friendship set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil Mr Norris Changes Trains was the first book I have read by Christopher Isherwood since my teens back in the 1970s and I am delighted to report that Christopher Isherwood is every bit as good as I had remembered Mr Norris Changes Trains was published in 1933 and along with Goodbye to Berlin is drawn from Isherwood s experiences as an expatriate living in Berlin during the early 1930s William Bradshaw an English teacher in Berlin has a chance encounter on a train with the slightly sinister Arthur Norris On the surface Norris is a charming if highly strung and down at heel English gentleman As the reader realises and well before Bradshaw Norris s charm masks a morally bankrupt personality The character of Arthur Norris was based on a real life character who Christopher Isherwood befriended in Berlin called Gerald Hamilton Apparently Gerald Hamilton went through life managing to amass a large number of distinguished and not so distinguished friends despite being a liar a thief and completely two faced A man guaranteed in any political situation to choose the most repellent side and who fabricated almost every detail of his life Hamilton would sell a friend down the river for the smallest amount of money Despite being permanently bankrupt he freuently managed to live a life filled with five star hotels fine wines and good food whether in Weimar era Berlin or London in the swinging sixties All this and is so I understand contained in The Man Who Was Norris The Life of Gerald Hamilton by Tom Cullen a book as the title suggests devoted to The Man Who Was Norris and a book I plan to read soonCoincidentally Gerald Hamilton also appeared in another book I recently enjoyed the stunning Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms The Spyhunter the Fashion Designer the Man From Moscow by Paul Willetts which is also well worth readingI heartily recommend Mr Norris Changes Trains it s an engaging tale which is also historically fascinating through its powerful evocation of the atmosphere of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s Towards the novel s conclusion politics dominates the story as the plot strands cleverly come together Just as William Bradshaw realises that he has been duped so the German people are also being taken in by their Nazi leader Unlike Hitler in the 1930s Norris s own plans never seem to uite work out and as the tragic ending presages the horrors that were to follow so it also signals hasty departures from Berlin for both Arthur Norris and William Bradshaw I ll leave you to discover Norris s fate for yourselves it is an entertaining and apt conclusion for one so despicable depraved and corruptOverall Mr Norris Changes Trains is a captivating novel about a duplicitous friendship set against the backdrop of a country in turmoilThe next book I will read is Christopher and His Kind an autobiographical account of Christopher Isherwood s life from 1929 when he left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely to 1939 when he arrived in America I hope Christopher and His Kind will give me new insights into both Berlin in the 1930s and also the events related in Mr Norris Changes Trains 45EDIT I ve now finished Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood Click here to read my review

Summary Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Christopher Isherwood

Published in Mr Norris Changes Trains piuantly evokes the atmosphere of Berlin during the rise of the Mr Norris PDF Nazis. What I expected from this book Suave homosexual man has affair with Englishman he met on a train in Berlin against the backdrop of the rise of Nazism What I got from this book Weird possibly bisexual man gets into too much trouble with the authorities because of his schemes to make money while his possibly bisexual friend tries to protect him from himself It s a good book with fantastically understated writing but it s a far cry from what I expected I also didn t see the point Not all fiction must have a point it can exist simply for the sake of itself but here given the structure and the characters it feels as if Isherwood should have delivered Apart from offering a screenshot of Berlin at the crossroads of History I didn t uite see the idea behind the story In any case it s a good fast read great to get into Isherwood