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Here's a proper summary in my words: A girl from a small town in Austria was forced to grow up too fast during WWI and the ensuing depression era. She doesn't know anything outside of her simple life as a post office clerk, working day in and day out scrimping and saving every penny. That is, until her estranged aunt invites her to join in on a holiday at a posh hotel in the Swiss Alps. Suddenly she's thrust into upper-crust society and she can't bear go back to her old life.
You know the saying, "Ignorance is bliss"? This book highlights the meaning of this saying. I don't know how Stefan Zweig can write so monotonously, yet beautifully about this 20-something year old girl and her depressing realization...that her life sucks and now she knows it. When I say his writing is monotonous, I don't mean that it's boring. I mean it should be boring, but somehow it isn't. It wasn't a difficult read. In fact, it was fun most of the time.
This book fulfills the "Read a book that was originally written in a language other than English." Yay another 15 points bringing my total to 20! I really need to up my book consumption if I'm going to complete this book challenge on time. Wish me luck!