On Friday at 10:00, The Undertaking
by Audrey Magee arrived on my desk, and I picked it up to have a quick browse of the first few pages over my lunch break. Twelve hours later, I closed the book, turned on my laptop, and had no idea how to convey what I had just experienced.
This book is a World War Two drama. It follows the lives of Katharina, a young woman living in Berlin, and Peter, a German soldier fighting on the eastern front. Peter and Katharina are married long-distance via the marriage bureau. Peter has done it for the Honeymoon leave, while, if she becomes a widow, Katharina gets his pension. On this calculated arrangement, Peter comes to claim his bride.