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  1. says:

    I found this to be a disappointing read all in all Lasdun writes beautifully but on occasion he has too fine a temperament to sustain the reader's interest for anything longer than a long short story But in my opinion a novel reuires than just endless psychological reflection; it needs at some point the drama of an intensely active life The novel opens with the narrator having a glass of wine thrown in his face at a cocktail party

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    A short uncomfortable novel that relates the story of Stefan Vogel who left East Germany with his wife in 1986 to go live in the United States The story starts in 2003 or so then goes back to his childhood up to the time leading up to his departure describing the circumstances that led up to it The characters ar

  3. says:

    Another unreliable narrator but this time one who admits his lies but then how do we know these aren't lies as well Dissident poet in East Germany who never wrote or read anything

  4. says:

    Stefan Vogel

  5. says:

    attracted by the book title i bought it at a second hand bookstore in taiwan i thought the book will be a detective or ethical book but it’s different from what i thought it is uite boring to a point where it le

  6. says:

    Seven Lies is not the easiest book to read While many I'm sure myself occasionally included will trip from time to time over the vocabulary used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it the attitude of the main character whose perspective the story is told from In parts of this book he seems to be just ali

  7. says:

    Though the cover blurb about knuckle whitening tension of a thriller is overblown Lasdun does confirm a chilling insight repressive regimes often succeed by recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work for them This was especially true in the former East Germany Instead of crafting startling plot twists the narrator's lie is fairly predictable Lasdun focuses on portraying the pervasive corruption of

  8. says:

    I was living in Munich when the old Stasi East German secret police files were opened It was a wrenching experience for many and fought against for many years People went and looked at their files and discovered which of their friends and even family members had informed on them Many others didn't want to know still other

  9. says:

    Deeply unsatisfying as a whole the individual vignettes comprising ' The Life and Lies of Stefan Vogel' were taut and well rendered From the early and mostly inexplicable seediness of the narrating Stefan to a jarring show of author insertion as Stefan becomes still further detached placed again inexplicably into third person mode with his future wife Inge the parts which make up this whole linger resonantly when the book is close

  10. says:

    Not in a horror flick gone wild kind of way rather in a chilling suicky fashion The story is like a particularly horrible yet riveting car crash Something verging on obscene yet radiating a twisted human essenceThere's East Germany

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Gs for love glory and freedom express themselves in a lifelong fantasy of going to America By a series of increasingly dangerous maneuvers he makes this. Seven Lies is not the easiest book to read While many I m sure myself occasionally included will trip from time to time over the vocabulary used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it the attitude of the main character whose perspective the story is told from In parts of this book he seems to be just alive not diminishing not improving not happy nor sad just there and in his period of just existing I find myself easily distracted still reading but off in my head somewhere else and I ll be two or three paragraphs ahead before I realize I m not really reading the book but instead thinking of things I should do today or that I need to get something in particular done at work today And that may not seem uncommon to some but when I read I forget the entire world and everything in it and all that exists is the words written on the pages so for me to be easily distracted while reading is rare with the exception of reading textbooks for classes I m not in love with Yet despite the struggle to continue to read and focus that comes every so often in this book I find I still enjoyed it This book is what it was meant to be and if written any different would not portray what I feel it was meant to portray I feel this is one of those books that the times you read it the you see understand and are able to take from it I also feel that with multiple reads I will enjoy it and will have to improve my rating of it I recommend this book to people looking for something different If you buy all of your books from the shelves of a book section in a supermarketand there is nothing wrong with that then this is not the book for you If you read nothing but high action and adventure books fantasy or paranormal this book is not for you Now if you enjoy a specific genre of books but still read bits of other things and are open minded to different types of books then I think you should give this book a shot I would love to tell you that if you like book A and B then you should read this book but I have yet to read a book uite like this one The White Nights of Ramadan used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it the attitude of the main character whose perspective the story is told from In parts of this book he seems to be just alive not diminishing not improving not happy nor sad just there and in his period of just existing I find myself easily distracted still reading but off in my head somewhere else and I ll be two or three paragraphs ahead before I realize I m not really reading the book but instead thinking of things I should do today or that I need to get something in particular done at work today And that may not seem Beyond the Pale uncommon to some but when I read I forget the entire world and everything in it and all that exists is the words written on the pages so for me to be easily distracted while reading is rare with the exception of reading textbooks for classes I m not in love with Yet despite the struggle to continue to read and focus that comes every so often in this book I find I still enjoyed it This book is what it was meant to be and if written any different would not portray what I feel it was meant to portray I feel this is one of those books that the times you read it the you see The Black Ice Score (Parker, understand and are able to take from it I also feel that with multiple reads I will enjoy it and will have to improve my rating of it I recommend this book to people looking for something different If you buy all of your books from the shelves of a book section in a supermarketand there is nothing wrong with that then this is not the book for you If you read nothing but high action and adventure books fantasy or paranormal this book is not for you Now if you enjoy a specific genre of books but still read bits of other things and are open minded to different types of books then I think you should give this book a shot I would love to tell you that if you like book A and B then you should read this book but I have yet to read a book The Black Painting uite like this one

Summary Seven Lies: A Novel

Seven Lies: A Novel

Fantasy come true his past seemingly locked behind the Berlin Wall and a new life of unbounded bliss ahead of him But then his world begins to fall apart. Though the cover blurb about knuckle whitening tension of a thriller is overblown Lasdun does confirm a chilling insight repressive regimes often succeed by recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work for them This was especially true in the former East Germany Instead of crafting startling plot twists the narrator s lie is fairly predictable Lasdun focuses on portraying the pervasive corruption of a society in which even those on the lowest levels have the power to withhold or grant favors not for the sake of currying favor with the State but solely to gratify their own debased appetites His first person narrator describes his life in this world with the acute perception of a Henry James character For example this encounter with a lecherous informant the door man in his apartment building As we walked in silence down the service stairway I had the sense that he was moving there through the same miasma of dimly apprehended horror as I was and as he groped and grappled lugubriously together in the near blackness of the storage room a pair of lobsters in a murky tank he had the weary air of someone undergoing a peculiarly burdensome penance Such observations a mixture of depression and generosity took my breath away At times though Lasdun applies this heightened perception and language to minor incidents that don t warrant them The result at times is a plodding pace that made such a short novel seem longer than it should have been But then again such obsessive recollection fits a narrator compelled to acknowledge his own slow descent into corruption Overall the tone of this novel reminded me of a line from the Talmud For the informer there is no hope A fine literary complement to the movie The Lives of Others Double Jeopardy unbounded bliss ahead of him But then his world begins to fall apart. Though the cover blurb about knuckle whitening tension of a thriller is overblown Lasdun does confirm a chilling insight repressive regimes often succeed by recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work for them This was especially true in the former East Germany Instead of crafting startling plot twists the narrator s lie is fairly predictable Lasdun focuses on portraying the pervasive corruption of a society in which even those on the lowest levels have the power to withhold or grant favors not for the sake of currying favor with the State but solely to gratify their own debased appetites His first person narrator describes his life in this world with the acute perception of a Henry James character For example this encounter with a lecherous informant the door man in his apartment building As we walked in silence down the service stairway I had the sense that he was moving there through the same miasma of dimly apprehended horror as I was and as he groped and grappled lugubriously together in the near blackness of the storage room a pair of lobsters in a murky tank he had the weary air of someone Einsteins Generation undergoing a peculiarly burdensome penance Such observations a mixture of depression and generosity took my breath away At times though Lasdun applies this heightened perception and language to minor incidents that don t warrant them The result at times is a plodding pace that made such a short novel seem longer than it should have been But then again such obsessive recollection fits a narrator compelled to acknowledge his own slow descent into corruption Overall the tone of this novel reminded me of a line from the Talmud For the informer there is no hope A fine literary complement to the movie The Lives of Others

Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB · James Lasdun

Part political thriller part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal Seven Lies tells the story of Stefan Vogel a young East German whose yearnin. Another unreliable narrator but this time one who admits his lies but then how do we know these aren t lies as well Dissident poet in East Germany who never wrote or read anything