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.