A Whole Life

A Whole Life

Book - 2015
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Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven...
Publisher: Toronto :, House of Anansi Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781487000745
Characteristics: 148 pages
Additional Contributors: Collins, Charlotte (Translator)


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Nov 04, 2017

Poignant well written novel on the life of a man in the mountains of Austria. Brevity is a strength in this tale. Worth reading if you are interested

ArapahoeRachel Jul 08, 2017

The main character, whose life you will read from beginning to end, is far from likable. Cold, alone, and aimless; I fell in love with him and his story.

May 21, 2017

So moving in a quiet way; the seemingly insignificant events that connect us but leave an indelible mark on our lives. I profoundly enjoyed this. Writing at its best.

Dec 13, 2016

Beautiful, understated and moving account of a life that appears simple on the surface, but runs deep with experience, trauma, emotion and resilience.

Sep 30, 2016

Not badly written, but reminds me too much of a children's fable.

Jun 03, 2016

A best seller in Germany, this novel has been compared to "Stoner" in that it tells the quiet life of an ordinary working man in the 20th century. The story is told without sentimentality.

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