2016/03/14

BOOK REVIEW:
YOUTH WITHOUT GOD ÖDÖN VON HORVÁTH

Title: Youth Without God
Author: Ödön von Horváth
Published: 1937
Language: English (translated from German)
Pages: 165
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
In a totalitarian state, a teacher reprimands a student for a racist comment, but ends up being accused of sabotage of the Fatherland. His students revolt, a murder follows and he must face his role in it.


Review:
This is a little gem of a book.

For the first part of this book, this felt like a very strange story and I was a bit sceptical, but I ended up being utterly fascinating. I especially enjoyed the themes of truth and religion, which play a huge role in the characters life. My favorite characters were definitely the students and teenagers, as they were all so different and realistic.

The language is quite simple, but it carries a punch and brings up questions of guilt, honesty and life in a totalitarian state. I did feel that perhaps the state the characters lived in could've been explained a bit better and that there was a better balance between explaining the exterior life along with the interior life of the people in this world.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you like books like 1984. It's definitely worth the read.

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