( Read ) Winnie and Wolf By A.N. Wilson

Summary Winnie and Wolf

But of a Parsifal a mystic idealist a redeemer figure In 1925 they meet their Parsifal – a wild eyed Viennese opera fanatic in a trilby hat a mac and a badly fitting suit Hitler has already made a name for himself in some sections of German society through rabble rousing and street corner speeches It is Winifred though who believes she can really see his poetry Almost at once they drop formalities and call one another ‘Du’ rather than ‘Sie’ She is Winnie and he is WolfLike Winnie Hitler was an outsider Like her he was haunted by the impossibi. While this is fiction it certainly gives you a real insight into what was going on in Germany under Hitler The background on Wagner is interesting tooA bit confusing at first but once you get into it it is uite gripping

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Winnie and Wolf

Lity of reconciling the pursuit of love and the pursuit of power; the ultimate inevitability if you pursued power of destruction Both had known the humiliations of poverty Both felt angry and excluded by society Both found each other in an unusual kinship that expressed itself through a love of operaIn AN Wilson’s most bold and ambitious novel yet the world of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany is brilliantly recreated and forms the backdrop to this incredible bond which ultimately reveals the remarkable capacity of human beings to deceive themselve. Brilliant worth rereading it grows on you liek a good wine

A.N. Wilson ¸ 6 Summary

Winnie and Wolf is the story of the extraordinary relationship between Winifred Wagner and Adolf Hitler that took place during the years 1925–40 as seen through the eyes of the secretary at the Wagner house in BayreuthWinifred an English girl brought up in an orphanage in East Grinstead married at the age of eighteen to the son of Germany’s most controversial genius is a passionate Germanophile a Wagnerian dreamer a Teutonic patriotIn the debacle of the post Versailles world the Wagner family hope for the coming not of a warrior a fearless Siegfried. This is a gorgeously written book that I could not put down It is absolutely not for everyone But if you are interested in the life and music of Richard Wagner andor the strange story of how the Nazis co opted his works and perverted their meaning or if you are interested in Germany s bizarre path from tentative democracy following the Great War to becoming the evil empire under Hitler and why the German people surrendered their critical facilities and allowed Hitlerism to bring them and much of the world to the brink of destruction if you are interested in these things you will savor every page of Winnie and WolfThe premise that Winifred carried on an affair with Hitler and bore his child is absurd but it doesn t matter The author s observations about life in Bayreuth after it was usurped by Hitler is accurate to the finest detail I strongly recommend reading it after you ve finished Brigitte Hamann s suberb Winifred Wagner A Life at the Heart of Hitler s Bayreuth You will see how faithful the novel is to history and you will have context to understand the cast of characters such as Hans Tietjen Houston Stewart Chamberlain Friedelind Wagner etcMesmerizing hypnotic touching and ripe with keen insights into German history and philosophy and music not to mention human nature Well what can we ask for As I headed into the last 50 pages or so I started to read it slowly sometimes reading only one or two pages a night before bedtime because I didn t want it to end A book to cherish

10 thoughts on “Winnie and Wolf

  1. says:

    Objectively this probably deserves like 12 stars But I am rounding it up this time because the elements of this book that were good were so satisfying that they outweigh the not so good Winnie Wolf is an ambitious attempt to show both how the G

  2. says:

    This is a gorgeously written book that I could not put down It is absolutely not for everyone But if you are inter

  3. says:

    To enjoy this book it is essential to be fluent in the works of Richard Wagner AN Wilson titles each of the sections of the book after one of Wagner's music dramas The person story of the narrator the Wagner family and the rise of

  4. says:

    I found this meticulously researched novel engrossing It tells the story of the relationship between Winifred Wagner wife of Richard Wagner's son and Adolf Hitler but it's also the story of the relationship between Nazism and the German people It brought home to me something I knew intellectually but failed to

  5. says:

    Very much an apology and reclamation of Wagner from the Nazis I've read other Wilson works of non fiction and I know that there are problems with his conclusions Lewis and sex for example so there's a slight sense of hmmm is this really what's going on or ??? while you read However I did learn a lot about pre Nazi Germany and the explication for the so called Good German does tie in with other sources I've read

  6. says:

    While this is fiction it certainly gives you a real insight into what was going on in Germany under Hitler The background

  7. says:

    Wanted to read this I was familiar with AN Wilson as a biographer wasn’t disappointedThis novel enjoyment will be directly proportional to your knowledge of aGermany in between wars and bWagner’s operas if you know little log both the prose is easy on the reader

  8. says:

    Brilliant worth rereading it grows on you liek a good wine

  9. says:

    Plot timeline is a occasionally a little confusing but the book as a whole is a surprising and charming history of Wagner's music lif

  10. says:

    another that's a 35 rounded up JEEZ peoplecan we please get the 12 star thing???????rant overI do have to admit to finishing this book in one sitting I liked it didn't love it although there was something about it that really intrigued me and kept me reading What I did like was its warning about the folly of a person's or put in much wider p