A Book, Read – #5/2015 – Roth, Joseph – The Emperor’s Tomb

Joseph Roth was almost my “Discovery” for 2014, but I didn’t quite read enough of his work, and I didn’t quite fall in love enough with his books.  But it was close.  And I am still reconsidering for 2015.

The Emperor’s Tomb is a study of a world in decline.  Roth captures well the old, archaic ways and mannerisms of a social class that was almost completely destroyed during the Great War.  What remained of it – and the characters within this book are those – were stunted, ineffectual, impoverished, weak.  And they knew it.  And they couldn’t change it.  And the world passed them by.

It’s a great book.

The Books, Read page contains a list of all of the books I have read this year.

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