By Sybille Bedford
A Legacy is the story of 2 very various households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding individuals of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count number a chum of Goethe between their special ancestors. no longer that this proud legacy potential a lot of whatever to them anymore. safe of their large city residence, they dedicate themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, wealthy yet no longer wealthy, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households can be surprisingly, certainly fatally, entwined.
Set throughout the run-up to global battle I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is pleasing, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable photo of a doomed lifestyle.
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A Legacy (New York Review Books Classics) by Sybille Bedford