The Crooked Maid

The Crooked Maid

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Anna returns to postwar Vienna to confront her husband. Meanwhile, on the same train, is Robert a schoolboy summoned to his stepfather's sickbed and the secrets of his family. Together, they navigate the war torn city and cross paths with various characters.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781443407748
Branch Call Number: F VYL NVD
Characteristics: 427 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 08, 2017

Well written mystery, history, fiction.

Very dark reading, crass in many places (the type of description of dirt and gore to appeal to 12 year old boys). There is no comic relief, it all gets worse and worse for the characters. If you like Kafka you'll love this book. I had to skim through it as it was too emotionally brutal. I could not connect with the humanity in any of these characters.

Marie_45 Apr 27, 2014

What a great read, really enjoyed the character and the storyline. the author made a good description of the sense of time an place.

Apr 08, 2014

Great read 5 stars.
Postwar Vienna and all the trauma that resulted. Finalist for the 2013 Giller Prize. It should have won. Great sense of time and place

Nov 24, 2013

Implausible scenes, improbable characters, disappointing overall.

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