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Book Title: Veel üks Lotte|
The author of the book: Erich Kästner
Date of issue: 1990
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 487 KB
Edition: Eesti Raamat
Read full description of the books Veel üks Lotte:I often see people here on Goodreads complaining that they can no longer read books the way they used to when they were kids. Once, you'd just get completely absorbed by the story and follow it breathlessly as it progressed, identifying with the characters and willing things to come out right for them. But now, you're too sophisticated; you keep on thinking about the author's style, and how he's manipulating you into believing this and expecting that, and anyway you saw someone else do it better in that book you read a few years ago. It's hard to keep focused on what's actually going on.
I discover, to my surprise and delight, that there is a solution to this problem! I have recently been making efforts to improve my very unsatisfactory German (it's the language two-thirds of Switzerland speaks, even if they don't speak it here in Geneva), and I've been using my normal method of simply picking things up and reading them, starting with very easy stuff and gradually moving towards more challenging material. I'm guessing I now have the German reading age of a bright seven-year-old. But here's the amazing thing: I find I'm reading the books like a seven-year-old! The first few times I couldn't do it, because I was still spending too much effort acquiring the grammar and vocabulary. To be honest, this is still interfering with my pleasure every now and then, but mostly I'm just reading; I got through Das doppelte Lottchen in a little more than a day.
And what a terrific book it is! Luise, nine, is at summer camp when a girl turns up who looks exactly like her. At first she's angry that someone else has stolen her face, but then she makes friends with Lotte and discovers something weird: not only has she got Luise's appearance, she was also born on the same day, in the same town. They're twins, but their parents (Luise lives with her dad, Lotte with her mom) have never told them!
Evidently the parents have their reasons for doing this. Each one must have decided to act as though the other simply doesn't exist any more. Luise and Lotte are terrified by the thought that they'll never see each other again after camp is over. But what can a couple of nine-year-old girls do? And then they come up with a plan. They each take an exercise book and write down everything about the other's life, so that they have a full list of names, places, friends, teachers, favorite foods, all of it. And when it's time to go home, they swap identities.
If I'd been reading this as a grown-up, I'd have been making various kinds of cool-headed comparisons: Shakespeare, The Parent Trap (distantly based on the story, but changed in many places), behaviorist and Freudian psychology, the author's background. But as it was, I was just plain enjoying it, and I was astonished to find that it moved me to tears several times.
Erich Kästner is my German self's new favorite author. I've already raided my piggy-bank to buy another of his books.
Read information about the authorErich Kästner (1899 – 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature.
A stout pacifist and democrat, he was expelled from the national writers' guild during the Nazi era, with many of his books being burned in public. Today, he is widely regarded as one of Germany's most prolific and beloved children's book authors.
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