'The Berlin Stories' Book Review by AnnaAngels

'The Berlin Stories'
A report on the wild and decadent lifestyle as presented in Christopher Isherwood's book 'The Berlin Stories'.
# 95505 | 983 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | PH

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This book report reviews Christopher Isherwood's book 'The Berlin Stories'. The paper highlights examples of the wild, decadent and colorful lifestyle in Berlin before World War II, by tracing the characters portrayed in 3 short stories, 'The Nowarks', 'Sally Bowles' and 'On Reugen Island' contained in this book.

From the Paper:

"The story that best describes decadent or debauched behavior however is "Sally Bowles." The heroine encountered by Isherwood here is Sally Bowles, a 19-year-old English girl who works as a singer in The Lady Windermere, a cabaret. No doubt a colorful character, Sally exemplifies the wild and wicked lifestyle of her time. Sex for her was a mere trifle. She points out the men she sleeps with no hint of self-consciousness or shame. "That's the man I slept with last night. He makes love marvelously. He's an absolute genius at businesses and he's terribly rich." (Isherwood, 1963, p. 23). Seduction, fun and games, are all part of Sally's way of life as well as that of the people around her. "For heaven's sake, don't leave me alone with this man! Or he'll seduce me down the telephone. He's most terribly passionate" (Isherwood, 1963, p. 22)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Isherwood, Christopher. "Good bye to Berlin." The Berlin Stories. New Directions Publishing Corp., 1963, pp. 1, 22, 23, 24, 28, 30, 43, 45, 51, 60, 108, 117.

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