Good morning my loves!
Today is the first post in what will be me trying to go back through some reviews that I have written up but haven’t share on my blog. First up we have The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood. A book that I had heard a lot of great things about but loved it in more ways than I could have expected!
* Thank you to Picador for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: The Hiding Game
Author: Naomi Wood
Publication date: 11 July 2019
My rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.85
Genre: Fiction, historical
In 1922, Paul Beckermann arrives at the Bauhaus art school and is immediately seduced by both the charismatic teaching and his fellow students. Eccentric and alluring, the more time Paul spends with his new friends the closer they become, and the deeper he falls in love with the mesmerising Charlotte. But Paul is not the only one vying for her affections, and soon an insidious rivalry takes root.
As political tensions escalate in Germany, the Bauhaus finds itself under threat, and the group begins to disintegrate under the pressure of its own betrayals and love affairs. Decades later, in the wake of an unthinkable tragedy, Paul is haunted by a secret. When an old friend from the Bauhaus resurfaces, he must finally break his silence.
Overall opinion of the book:
God. How do I begin to verbalise just how much I loved this book without it sounding too gushy? The Hiding Game is an intoxicating look at art, friendship, love, belonging and the terrifying rise of the right-wing movement in the 1920 and 1930s Berlin.
We follow Paul, Charlotte, Irmi, Jeno, Kaspar and Walter, a hedonistic group of young artists and their studies. But things start to fall apart in Dessau as the Nazi regime gathers support, and the school is moved to its final home in Berlin.
While having no prior knowledge of the Bauhaus movement, I did not feel this left me disadvantaged in any way. I actually found that this sparked in my a love of novels where art and artists are a key feature.
A superbly written novel with excellently flawed yet always human characters that are still in my mind now – months after reading. The settings were vivid, the characters experiences realistic and the ending left me reeling in ways I didn’t expect it to. A brilliant feat and a book that I have no doubt I will return to time and time again. I can’t let go of Paul and Charlotte just yet….
Peace and pages