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Paperback  » Reunion PDF í Reunion is a little known novel But it is also a universal story of friendship It is a book of great power, waiting to be discoveredOn a grey afternoon in , a Stuttgart classroom is stirred by the arrival of a newcomer Middle class Hans is intrigued by the aristocratic new boy, Konradin, and before long they become best friends It s a friendship of the greatest kind, of shared interests and long conversations, of hikes in the German hills and growing up together But the boys live in a changing Germany Powerful, delicate and daring, Reunion is a story of the fragility, and strength, of the bonds between friends Librarian s note Alternate cover edition here On the front of the edition I was reading from 1983 there is the quoted recommendation from Jeffrey Archer A wonderful experience no one can miss I wish I had written Reunion All I could think of was the quoted exchange of I think Oscar Wilde and Whistler where one says I wish I d said that and the other one says You will Oscar, You will Not having read any Archer yet I do not know if he has absorbed this story into his own work and claimed it as his own but I don t know if I would On the front of the edition I was reading from 1983 there is the quoted recommendation from Jeffrey Archer A wonderful experience no one can miss I wish I had written Reunion All I could think of was the quoted exchange of I think Oscar Wilde and Whistler where one says I wish I d said that and the other one says You will Oscar, You will Not having read any Archer yet I do not know if he has absorbed this story into his own work and claimed it as his own but I don t know if I would particularly blame him if he had This is an incredibly short novella which takes hardly anytime at all to read but it is a very powerful glimpse into the long lasting effects of bigotry and fear Beginning in early 1932 it tells the story of a friendship growing up betwen two german lads of 16 One , Konradin, from an ancient and respectable scion of nobility though only 15 years or so after the birth ofthe German republic it was probably quite difficult to spit without hitting someone who would claim royal or at least aristocratic pretensions and the other, Hans, from a prosperous middle class secular jewish family The story is their friendship told in all its innocent unfurling and beauty and then its sudden destruction by the madness, unimagined by the jewish father s loyal love of his german homeland, by Hitler s ascendancy Bigotry and cruelty which makes you wince but not through descriptions of violence and bloodshed but through the slights and degradations inflicted on a young jewish boy just growing in confidence and trust and then seeing it ripped away.The beauty of this short book is the sympathy you feel for both boys as you sit not in judgement but in that removed safety of hindsight The young aristocrat is as much a prisoner of expectation and duty as Hans is of bigotry and injustice and the denoument on the last page of the book is both tragic and wonderfully redemptive I read this book yesterday while I was in the hospital, during my prep wait before surgery under a blow up blanket with toasty warm air wearing those cute hospital socks and a hospital gown This is such a tiny thin attractive sweet looking book vintage 74 pages, 80 when including the Afterword it fit inside my mini shoulder crossbody bag The Reunion was published in 1971 A timeless powerful remembering back story between two 16 year old boys one Jewish the other Christian I read this book yesterday while I was in the hospital, during my prep wait before surgery under a blow up blanket with toasty warm air wearing those cute hospital socks and a hospital gown This is such a tiny thin attractive sweet looking book vintage 74 pages, 80 when including the Afterword it fit inside my mini shoulder crossbody bag The Reunion was published in 1971 A timeless powerful remembering back story between two 16 year old boys one Jewish the other Christian during the rise of Nazism in the 1930 s..the setting being pre war Germany There is something permanently life shaping about a one on one special teenage friendship I ve experienced it myself.Character Hans Schwartz says that when Konradin von Hohenfel came into his life at age 16, This Boy was to be my greatest source of happiness and my greatest despair A few weeks ago I read another powerful longer book The Air You Breathe , by Frances de Pontes Peebles, about a life long friendship between two women There was an excerpt in that novel universal experientially felt that feels appropriate to share in relation to this novella too When we are young, we give ourselves completely We allow our first friends or lovers or first songs inside us, to become a part of our unformed being, without ever thinking of the consequences, or the permanence within us The Reunion is narrated by middle aged Hans twenty five years after having lost contact with Konradin Hans is Jewish His father was a doctor and his grandfather a Rabbi Konradin was welcomed into Hans home.but those times that Hans went to Konradin s house, his parents weren t home Konradin s parents were Hitler supporters Jews didn t exist for her people was the way Konradin s mother felt Hans and Konradin s friendship was connected by sincere love and enjoyment.They had wonderful discussions they debated about the existence of God in the face of horror they enjoyed coin collecting hiking and growing up togetherThey talked about girls books music They were inseparable yet anti Semitism colored their friendship even from the first day they saw each other in 1932 in the gymnasium in Stuttgart, W rttemberg s most famous grammar school founded in 1521 As I started the exquisite book I was immediately moved by Jean d Ormesson who wrote The Introduction Then after reading this exquisite story myself breathless, speechless, and watering eyes at the endI went back and re read Jean s Introduction again To me, Jean s words expressed such truth it s the greatest gift I can pass on about this story..in the same way I was gifted a review by Goodreads friend Laysee I never heard of the author Fred Uhlman until Laysee many thanks, Laysee I treasure this book I hold in my hand the story that s in my heart and thoughts I end with Jean d Ormesson s words from her Introduction The book s ending, in a few lines, is a masterpiece with in masterpiece It transforms, suddenly, what has been a long short story into a novel of epic dimensions it adds a further luminous, dramatic quality, like the swell of an organ, to what has been a Bildungsroman , a story of growing up, while retaining the powerful grace and simplicity of the short story Fred Ulman wrote this in 1960 It contains autobiographical elements Ulman was educated in W rttemberg sharing his protagonists love of Swabia.which he claimed left him a Romantic for life He left Germany in 1933 as a young anti Nazi lawyer settling in Britain and established a career as a painter, and poet He died in 1985.Overflowing Richness In 1932, Hans Schwarz, son of a Stuttgart doctor and descendant of a long line of rabbis met a life changing friend Twenty five years later, Hans described his friendship with Count Konradin von Hohenfels, the source of my greatest happiness and of my greatest despair Konradin, a new student at Karl Alexander Gymnasium in Stuttgart had a self assured bearing and an aristocratic air The Hohenfels were part of our historyonly a foot or two away, sat a member of this illustrious family In 1932, Hans Schwarz, son of a Stuttgart doctor and descendant of a long line of rabbis met a life changing friend Twenty five years later, Hans described his friendship with Count Konradin von Hohenfels, the source of my greatest happiness and of my greatest despair Konradin, a new student at Karl Alexander Gymnasium in Stuttgart had a self assured bearing and an aristocratic air The Hohenfels were part of our historyonly a foot or two away, sat a member of this illustrious familyeverything about him aroused my curiosity.Hans and Konradin were both quiet by nature and were not friended by the other students Hans wondered how to engage Konradin The opportunity arose when Hans brought some of his coin collection to school While Konradin was welcomed at Hans s house and frequented it several times weekly, invites to Konradin s house were only extended when his parents were away A framed photo of Hitler was displayed on a bedroom dresser.As Germany barrelled toward war, the friendship of two sixteen year old boys was doomed Konradin s mother felt Jews didn t exist for her people, they were lower than the serfs The Schwarz family, however, had lived in Stuttgart for at least two hundred years Hans s father said, I am an assimilantI want to be identified with Germany.In Reunion by Fred Uhlman, Hans remembers his special friendship with Konradin from twenty five years ago The historical fiction novella, although a mere one hundred page, one sitting read definitely packs a punch The ending left me tearful and breathless This tome is a must read It takes an hour and a half to read this little pearl Highly recommended At any age.I was enchanted by Uhlman s writing, his descriptions of landscapes and feelings I felt sucked into the story and I saw the events in front of my eyes, as real.Ps I think the last sentence is one of the most powerful of meaning in the books I read this year Basta un ora e mezza per leggere questa piccola perla Consigliatissima A qualsiasi et.Sono rimasta incantata dal modo di scrivere di Uhlman, It takes an hour and a half to read this little pearl Highly recommended At any age.I was enchanted by Uhlman s writing, his descriptions of landscapes and feelings I felt sucked into the story and I saw the events in front of my eyes, as real.Ps I think the last sentence is one of the most powerful of meaning in the books I read this year Basta un ora e mezza per leggere questa piccola perla Consigliatissima A qualsiasi et.Sono rimasta incantata dal modo di scrivere di Uhlman, dalle sue descrizioni dei paesaggi e dei sentimenti Mi sono sentita risucchiata dalla storia ed ho come visto gli avvenimenti davanti agli occhi, reali.Ps Penso che l ultima frase sia una delle pi potenti di significato nei libri che ho letto quest anno

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