Item description for My Father's House: A Childhood in Wartime Bavaria by Beatrix Ost...
A young girl growing up in the forties on a vast estate near Munich lives a life charmed by privilege yet scarred by place and time. Everyday routine is upended as the estate becomes home to friends, family, Prussian royals, Polish peasants, and others displaced by the war. Rendered with insight, humor, and visual lyricism, Beatrix Ost's memoir testifies to the lasting influence of childhood experience.
Beatrix Ost was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1940. She studied dance in Munich and art with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg. Now a US resident, Ost divides her time between Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York City.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Helen Marx Books / Books & Co
ISBN 1933527102 ISBN13 9781933527109
Reviews - What do customers think about My Father's House: A Childhood in Wartime Bavaria?
Authentic - believable - thought and heart engaging Jun 29, 2007
Yes, the stories are written with an almost magical prose. Yes, the setting is a magnetic stage both for the horrific time in history and the lure of a country estate regardless of where or when. But even more, the once fragmented memories of a tiny child prove thought and heart engaging by the power magnification through the lens of the time and perspective of the woman who lived them. This book had the remarkable power of engaging my heart as a study by the woman who was once the tiny --learning, recording, reflecting-- girl. I couldn't put the book down. Read it!
Spiritually awakening Jun 14, 2007
WWII depicted through the eyes of a child. It is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of this important piece of history from inside the German perspective. What have we learned from this piece of history? Or have we learned anything at all? A beautiful and thought-provoking piece of prose.
Compelling and engaging Jun 13, 2007
It was as if I had been invited into the family. The writing is so visual one can actually see through the eyes of little Beatrix her view of life during the war. I didnt want the stories to end. I highly recommend this wholly other of view of WWII.
Through the eyes of a child Jun 8, 2007
Children have their own perspectives on war: it's exciting, it's cruel, and it's endlessly fascinating. Beatrix Ost brings this perspective to life masterfully. Her story of a "good" German family in war-torn Germany will become one of the classics.
Brilliant work May 30, 2007
I was deeply moved by this passionate and elegant depiction of a world we seldom see, that of the good Germans in the WWII period, and of the way that the evil around them impinged on their lives, and of the ways that their lives kept right on going despite all that. The prose is stunning, the imagery beautiful, and the whole thing suffused with profound love. I recommend it unconditionally.