Joachim Fest

Overall Rating: 6
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Author: Joachim Fest
Title: Im Gegenlicht [Contre-jour]
Time: ca. 1988
Destination: Italy
Length: several trips
Type: overland
Rating: 6/10

The big head

The story: JF is one of Germany’s finest intellectuals of the 20th century. He is probably best known for his biography on Adolf Hitler (1973), and not many people have recognized him as a travel writer.

Joachim Fest’s slow writing style

Anyway, this book is about a series of his trips to Italy. And it is a heavy read. JF loves using nominal sentences, which makes his writing both slow and hard to identify with. Also, he apparently didn’t bother to leave his books or that huge intellect of his at home, and he is constantly quoting the classics and making socio-political references.

deep stuff

If you like deep stuff, then this is a good book for you. If you are looking for touching stories from the road, then stay the hell away from it. I thought it was good in some parts, but it got a bit boring after a while, so I am giving it an okay rating.


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