About the Book
Metropolis by Ellie Midwood
Publication Date: January 31, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 238 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Weimar Berlin, 1924
Unemployed actors, profiteers, cabaret girls, and impoverished aristocracy – out of this wild set of characters populating Weimar Berlin, Margarete Gräfin von Steinhoff belongs to the latter category. Having lost everything due to hyper-inflation, she considers jumping into the freezing waters of the Spree rather than facing the humiliating existence shared by millions of her fellow Germans. However, a chance meeting makes her change her mind at the last moment and offers her a chance to rely on the help of the metropolis itself, where anything can be sold and bought for money and where connections are everything. The bustling nightlife of cosmopolitan Berlin, with its casinos and dance halls, brings good income for the ones who don’t burden themselves too heavily with morals.
After a New Year’s Eve party, Margot finally meets her ever-absent and mysterious neighbor, Paul Schneider, who makes a living by producing a certain type of film for his rich clientele. Under his guidance, Margot discovers a new passion of hers – photography and soon, her talents are noticed by the prominent newspaper, Berliner Tageblatt itself. But being an official photographer of the most celebrated events of the La Scala and most famous Berlin theaters no longer satisfies Margot’s ambitions. As soon as the chance presents itself for her to get involved with the cinematography on the set of “Metropolis” – the film with the highest budget ever produced by the UFA – Margot jumps at it, without thinking twice. At the same time, Paul becomes involved with a rival project, “The Holy Mountain,” which stars an as yet unknown actress and an emerging director in, Leni Riefenstahl. As the two women meet, professional rivalry soon turns into a true friendship, fueled by their passion for cinematography. However, due to the economic woes facing Germany, both projects soon run out of money and now, both film crews must go to extreme lengths to save their respective productions.
Set against the backdrop of a decadent, vibrant, and fascinatingly liberal Weimar Berlin, “Metropolis” is a novel of survival, self-discovery, and self-sacrifice, in the name of art, love, and friendship.
Well dang this book was good! I mean, I was transported to Berlin circa 1920s. It was both a bleak time as well as a time for an amazing artistic movement! This was a time of survival for many people in Berlin and it was so interesting to see both the gritty side of the city as well as the vibrant and rich side. Where some people were hanging over bridges, pockets full of rocks, others were attending parties full of drugs, sex, and raw wildness.
Margot is a survivor. She may have her moments of doubt, but there is a lust for life in her eyes. I instantly fell in love with her character. She had such life but she was also so realistic. I’ve always been intrigued by the Twenties, so it’s interesting to read a book set in Berlin in the Twenties. It seemed like a completely different time period from what you normally read because Midwood made sure to incorporate more to the story than just the lavish parties that seemed to be constantly going on in the time. I think that aspect is what made this book stand out so much to me. The story was real instead of purely a work of fiction. This was real life, and yes there were wild raucous parties and a vibrant artistic movement, but it was also a time of struggle.
From the moment you open this book the story hooks you and drags you into the pages. I can completely understand why Midwood is a favorite author to many. She has such a way with words and laying out an amazing story. I really look forward to checking out her other books!
About the Author
Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, “The Girl from Berlin.” Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents.
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