The Wall

The Wall

Audiobook CD - 2013
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"I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead" writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer's The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival but also self-renewal. The Wall is at once a simple and moving journal--with talk of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one's name--and a disturbing meditation on twentieth-century history.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2013.
Edition: Library ed., unabridged.
ISBN: 9781470844172
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Mazur, Kathe


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Mar 22, 2016

The narrator was excellent & this was an 'adult' read/audio with no zombies, monsters or space aliens. I stayed tuned into the daily events of the main (only) human character with interest to her needs of routine & self-sufficiency.

Not to spoil - I waited, almost with baited breath, as her days unfolded. The companionship of the animals was an added bonus.

Later I find The Wall as a DVD, very similar, set in Australia.

Jan 31, 2015

An ordinary middle-aged woman travels with her friends to a hunting lodge in the Austrian Alps. Upon arrival, her friends walk down to the village inn while she stays in. When she awakes in the morning, they haven't returned. Gradually, the woman comes to realize she is the last human left, safe but trapped behind an invisible wall along with a dog, a cat and a cow. Slowly, she begins the difficult work of surviving not only physically but also emotionally.
I loved this story, published in 1963 and hauntingly narrated on audio by Kathe Mazur. Though there's no plot as such, it's a moving meditation on the power of our innate life force and how we create meaning when all appears to be lost. Highly recommended for introspective readers with a love of the natural world.

Dec 30, 2013

This is a powerful and lonely book that is well worth reading/listening to. I downloaded the audiobook not knowing what to expect and very pleased by the story. It is not a feelgood book. Do not expect heroics or drama except for the power of this single woman to survive despite loneliness and the hardships that come with being cut off from everything and everyone. If you are looking for adventure or a surge of emotions from a gripping tail then this is not the book you want. This book strips away the superfluous needs of a daily modern world and is built only on the struggle for life and simple unassuming joys.


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