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"There's a great sense of humour, a true gift." --- "Hard to put down - a nicely constructed read with a good tempo." --- "Wild Years in West Berlin will make you wish you had been there!" (Reviews on Amazon.com) We are in a squatted house in the early 80s. Every day is a battle against the elements: sometimes it's the cops looking for drugs, sometimes a bunch of skinheads "There's a great sense of humour, a true gift." --- "Hard to put down - a nicely constructed read with a good tempo." --- "Wild Years in West Berlin will make you wish you had been there!" (Reviews on Amazon.com) We are in a squatted house in the early 80s. Every day is a battle against the elements: sometimes it's the cops looking for drugs, sometimes a bunch of skinheads smashing windows, or it's Frau Steinmöller again, the lovely neighbor from across the street; but the squatters always manage to outsmart their enemies - only "special needs" Heiner is a tough nut to crack since he just won't let go … Adding to the supreme madness is the fact that the trials and tribulations of our brave, anarchist squatters happen on a "capitalist island," surrounded by a booby-trapped wall and an absurd communist regime. Illustrations by Micha Strahl. Title also available in German, Spanish, French and Portuguese. For excerpts click "read book" button to the left. For illustrations click "more photos". This is an alternate edition/cover for ASIN B00NVD7NFS on Amazon


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"There's a great sense of humour, a true gift." --- "Hard to put down - a nicely constructed read with a good tempo." --- "Wild Years in West Berlin will make you wish you had been there!" (Reviews on Amazon.com) We are in a squatted house in the early 80s. Every day is a battle against the elements: sometimes it's the cops looking for drugs, sometimes a bunch of skinheads "There's a great sense of humour, a true gift." --- "Hard to put down - a nicely constructed read with a good tempo." --- "Wild Years in West Berlin will make you wish you had been there!" (Reviews on Amazon.com) We are in a squatted house in the early 80s. Every day is a battle against the elements: sometimes it's the cops looking for drugs, sometimes a bunch of skinheads smashing windows, or it's Frau Steinmöller again, the lovely neighbor from across the street; but the squatters always manage to outsmart their enemies - only "special needs" Heiner is a tough nut to crack since he just won't let go … Adding to the supreme madness is the fact that the trials and tribulations of our brave, anarchist squatters happen on a "capitalist island," surrounded by a booby-trapped wall and an absurd communist regime. Illustrations by Micha Strahl. Title also available in German, Spanish, French and Portuguese. For excerpts click "read book" button to the left. For illustrations click "more photos". This is an alternate edition/cover for ASIN B00NVD7NFS on Amazon

30 review for Wild Years in West Berlin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shrilaxmi

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book is so tiresome, I don't even know how I finished it. I never really understood what the plot was supposed to be. It was so strung thin it was practically invisible. There were just so many characters doing random stuff, so, if you like novels where each paragraph is a new story, this one's for you. The book very obviously tried to be funny but it wasn't. Pretty boring overall. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book is so tiresome, I don't even know how I finished it. I never really understood what the plot was supposed to be. It was so strung thin it was practically invisible. There were just so many characters doing random stuff, so, if you like novels where each paragraph is a new story, this one's for you. The book very obviously tried to be funny but it wasn't. Pretty boring overall.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    With masterful skill, Matthias Drawe takes us back in time, to the divided city of Berlin, prior to the fall of its Wall. As the author lived in the Western part of Berlin he describes, he has first-hand information, which makes this book an interesting historic document. He introduces us to a group of youngsters who try to live their life in one of the many squatted houses throughout the city: Hucky (guitarist and songwriter), Lilli, Candy, Falk (lead-singer), Kermit (technician), Pflaume (playi With masterful skill, Matthias Drawe takes us back in time, to the divided city of Berlin, prior to the fall of its Wall. As the author lived in the Western part of Berlin he describes, he has first-hand information, which makes this book an interesting historic document. He introduces us to a group of youngsters who try to live their life in one of the many squatted houses throughout the city: Hucky (guitarist and songwriter), Lilli, Candy, Falk (lead-singer), Kermit (technician), Pflaume (playing the drums), Meike and Kugelblitz (bass guitarist). Together, the men are T.T. Embargo. Every day is a struggle for them: money is always difficult to come by, the police drops by now and again looking for drugs, the fear of eviction from the house they consider their own, the neighbour across the street -- old Frau Steinmöller -- who sees everything... Don't we all have such a neighbour :-D Yet, they are happy with the life they've chosen and live it to the fullest: they don't care about nine-to-five jobs, they don't want to live a luxury life. Things change when Heiner shows up and asks to move in... What I particularly love about this book, is that it offers an eye-witness insight into the Berlin of the late 1980's. When Drawe describes rooms and buildings, you can visualize them in an instant. The fact that the story is not told chronologically, but with leaps through time, only makes you eager to learn more. When I started reading, I couldn't put the book away. Even if you are not accustomed to reading in German, I would highly recommend 'Wilde Jahre in West-Berlin'. I absolutely loved it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

    I got this for free in a Goodreads giveaway. Not knowing anything about what living in a squatted house is like I found this book very interesting and informative. A group of people make an abandoned building their home. They move in and fix it up to their liking Even though there is no running water at first they are pretty happy there and tend to tolerate each other. They live with the fear of being evicted and the building doors and windows being bricked over and the building being destroyed. I got this for free in a Goodreads giveaway. Not knowing anything about what living in a squatted house is like I found this book very interesting and informative. A group of people make an abandoned building their home. They move in and fix it up to their liking Even though there is no running water at first they are pretty happy there and tend to tolerate each other. They live with the fear of being evicted and the building doors and windows being bricked over and the building being destroyed. I found the chapter titled Berlin In The 1980's By Charles M. Miller very interesting and informative. He explains the differences between East and West Berlin and to me that puts this book more in perspective. It's a good read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zivile

    I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Even today we tend to romanticize Berlin as a place of freedom for arts and famous for a vast alternative scene. And everything started with punks' movement in Berlin, the same time like in London and New York. This short book tells a few stories of one squatting gang: about their friendship, caring, struggling together, ups and downs. Makes you feel nostalgic for such pure and simple times I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Even today we tend to romanticize Berlin as a place of freedom for arts and famous for a vast alternative scene. And everything started with punks' movement in Berlin, the same time like in London and New York. This short book tells a few stories of one squatting gang: about their friendship, caring, struggling together, ups and downs. Makes you feel nostalgic for such pure and simple times

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    A little slice of life in a special place at that time. Matthias captured the feeling of Berlin in the 80"s or late 70's when I was there. A crazy intense place that in a way was magical in it's intensity. And to those who experienced Berlin in those years; a great memory. And to those who did not get that chance; here it is! A little slice of life in a special place at that time. Matthias captured the feeling of Berlin in the 80"s or late 70's when I was there. A crazy intense place that in a way was magical in it's intensity. And to those who experienced Berlin in those years; a great memory. And to those who did not get that chance; here it is!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. An episodic tale of a punk rock band squatting in an abandoned building in 1985 West Berlin. Humorous in parts, touching in others. Really seems to bring West Berlin to life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karthikeyan P

    This novel is more entertaining wouldn't know how the time passes once you start reading it. This novel is more entertaining wouldn't know how the time passes once you start reading it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mari Austad Brandt

    This book is full of action, humour and liveliness. Not neciserraly the deepest of books, but it certainly has its moments.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Summey

    a page turner for sure. the author is very good of expressing their selfs you will love this book and thanks for my winnings ...looking forward to more books

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Mclaughlin

    Ok, easy read with some good humor. Short and not too many big words along with some cartoons scattered throughout the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited This one was just the story, not the bilingual version. Got this on a freebie day, and while don't read German great, with the dual text helping out here and there got about 2/3 of it, nice way to do a type of language learning; to me it was more of a 4 1/2 story wise but since there aren't half stars and did like the dual language part, 5 is right enough rating. I actually ended up with kindle version of both Learn German with modern Literature: Wild Years in West Berlin - Bilingu Kindle Unlimited This one was just the story, not the bilingual version. Got this on a freebie day, and while don't read German great, with the dual text helping out here and there got about 2/3 of it, nice way to do a type of language learning; to me it was more of a 4 1/2 story wise but since there aren't half stars and did like the dual language part, 5 is right enough rating. I actually ended up with kindle version of both Learn German with modern Literature: Wild Years in West Berlin - Bilingual Edition, and Wild Years in West Berlin, so Danke für die freien Bücher. {Google translator so better be right with how to say Thanks for the free books.} And to the 1 and 2 star reviews, your opinion on the people in a STORY and whether you thought they were 'slackers on welfare' etc has no bearing on whether the story was well writen or not, and therefore no bearing in a review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    My children love these little books. They thoroughly enjoy each and every story, as if they are all unique and individual without any cause for similarity among them. Even though sometimes, they might seem tedious and repetitive to me as a parent, I do enjoy being able to read short-stories to my children that are clean and respective.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marcel Alamán

    I started reading this book by the time I have just read a graphic novel called "The coldest city". In some way I think it reflects quite nice the feelings and whereabouts of the youngsters in Germany. I started reading this book by the time I have just read a graphic novel called "The coldest city". In some way I think it reflects quite nice the feelings and whereabouts of the youngsters in Germany.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chuckdee

    Interesting book- learned a few things about West Berlin. Interesting story too- I assume Hucky was the author?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jane M Simonson

    Good kind of strange Do you like reading Isherwood? If yes, you'll like reading this. If you don't know who Isherwood is, it doesn't matter; Drawe will be stoked at the reference. Good kind of strange Do you like reading Isherwood? If yes, you'll like reading this. If you don't know who Isherwood is, it doesn't matter; Drawe will be stoked at the reference.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Hucky is the guitarist for the band T.T. Embargo, a squatter, and Sex Pistols disciple. Living in a squat with several others, he experiences riots of all sorts: a mob pushing back against a dismissive authority, as well as his own personal riot, aka his life, involving love, sex, family, friends, and an equal amount of enemies. In his attempt to sleep with Lilli he risks losing the affection of Meike, a dangerous move which may or may not be his downfall. Meanwhile, trouble begins when the spas Hucky is the guitarist for the band T.T. Embargo, a squatter, and Sex Pistols disciple. Living in a squat with several others, he experiences riots of all sorts: a mob pushing back against a dismissive authority, as well as his own personal riot, aka his life, involving love, sex, family, friends, and an equal amount of enemies. In his attempt to sleep with Lilli he risks losing the affection of Meike, a dangerous move which may or may not be his downfall. Meanwhile, trouble begins when the spastic and unpopular Heiner moves in with his piano and odd-bird ways. Fighting off cops, eviction, poverty, and the nosy neighbor across the street, this group of friends and housemates maneuver their way through a minefield of life's challenges. Based on the author's own experiences as a squatter in 1970/80s West Berlin, this book made me wish I was one of them, living out the 20th century in an abandoned building, breathing in rescued dreams, mingling with others of my kind in a punk-rock romp through youth and the disintegration of societal standards, the initialization of brand new standards, and the general insanity of being alive and desperate in the modern world. Dead-on illustrations by Micha Strahl add depth and suddenness to the scenes. Recommended reading. A writer to watch.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Greg Stewart

    Wild Years in West Berlin is a thrilling narrative of the down and dirty life of a youth living in the world of punks and avant-garde artists in West Berlin in the 80’s. Our protagonist, Hucky, is a guitarist in a punk band who is squatting with quite the rag tag group of individuals in an abandoned building in the heart of this divided center for strangeness. The atmosphere of destitution and revolution is brought to life in vivid scenes of rioting, underground concerts, devious celebration, an Wild Years in West Berlin is a thrilling narrative of the down and dirty life of a youth living in the world of punks and avant-garde artists in West Berlin in the 80’s. Our protagonist, Hucky, is a guitarist in a punk band who is squatting with quite the rag tag group of individuals in an abandoned building in the heart of this divided center for strangeness. The atmosphere of destitution and revolution is brought to life in vivid scenes of rioting, underground concerts, devious celebration, and sad romantic encounters amidst the ambience of lost kids trying to survive. This beautiful explication of what to do when you are all alone in a world that seems stacked against you speaks volumes to the philosophy of anarchist punks. While a few of the relationships are a bit contrived, like the insane girl who sleeps around and the disrespected handicapped man who is really out to help the squat, the story is propelled by the necessity for action amidst the tense constancy of police presence in this broken city. All in all, this read is quick, fun, and salient; witty banter and somber realities keep the reader wondering how this group of random folk will survive in the end. Nothing beats the absurdity of a costumed celebration where the protagonist ends up drunkenly puking his guts out, followed the inevitable eviction of the ridiculous group. This book is grit and grime to its core, telling it like it is, I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jess Farnsworth

    The story moves along well, but the hygiene of these folks is kind of interesting. I really don't want to know how the bathroom looked like once the author describes it a bit. One of the girls had painted the toilet bowl blue, but the paint had already chipped off, so it's kind of a splattered white and blue. Probably they wanted to show somehow, that they are "different.” The chapter "The Disease", where they are afraid that the health department might shut down the house, really made me smile. The story moves along well, but the hygiene of these folks is kind of interesting. I really don't want to know how the bathroom looked like once the author describes it a bit. One of the girls had painted the toilet bowl blue, but the paint had already chipped off, so it's kind of a splattered white and blue. Probably they wanted to show somehow, that they are "different.” The chapter "The Disease", where they are afraid that the health department might shut down the house, really made me smile. After they had finally cleaned up their squat, it says: "And for the first time, everybody had clean fingernails at once." And then they move to the other extreme. First they are all a bit sleazy since this seems to have been hip at the time, and then they do absolutely everything with plastic gloves, because they are afraid they could catch the disease. All in all the story keeps you reading on, and you want to know what's next. And somehow you get the feeling that there might be a sequel. Maybe they all will have taken a shower by then.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Williams

    This book took a graphically real, personal look at a group of squatters' lives in Europe. It was a fairly easy read but with challenging subject matter to keep me engaged. It transports you to a different time and country yet is still relative and relatable-this could have been set in present day America and the majority of the issues they are pushing for are still applicable! The drawings throughout were very descriptive and set the realism tone. Everything wasn't perfect, but they didn't focu This book took a graphically real, personal look at a group of squatters' lives in Europe. It was a fairly easy read but with challenging subject matter to keep me engaged. It transports you to a different time and country yet is still relative and relatable-this could have been set in present day America and the majority of the issues they are pushing for are still applicable! The drawings throughout were very descriptive and set the realism tone. Everything wasn't perfect, but they didn't focus on that, just on what they loved. It's an easier way of life in a way, but also tremendously harder. There was a rarely interrupted tension throughout the book that I greatly enjoyed, much like a squatter's life while living in an illegal settlement. No matter what shit they go through, they still persevere. Very reminiscent of Great Gatsby (of the squatters). It definitely makes me appreciate having running water-although not paying rent would be very nice!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris Riley

    I started this thing one afternoon and finished it the next day. The chapters are almost like movie scenes from a screenplay. Sometimes felt I could even see the cut. Really liked the pictures. Almost like a story board. There could be more, though, like 2 or 3 for each chapter. The story is full of weird details and it's obvious that the guy who wrote it must have lived through it. You just can't come up with a scene where they watch the "Invasion of the Killer Bubbles" and one of the guys wear I started this thing one afternoon and finished it the next day. The chapters are almost like movie scenes from a screenplay. Sometimes felt I could even see the cut. Really liked the pictures. Almost like a story board. There could be more, though, like 2 or 3 for each chapter. The story is full of weird details and it's obvious that the guy who wrote it must have lived through it. You just can't come up with a scene where they watch the "Invasion of the Killer Bubbles" and one of the guys wears 3-D glasses, even though the movie is not in 3-D. He simply wears them since it "feels better this way". And then the scene with the cat and the Berlin wall. It is impossible to invent something like that, you must have done it. The best laugh was the picture where the cat sits next to him in his bed again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Evan Bai

    Wild Years in West Berlin is a powerful narrative based on author Matthias Drawe’s experiences in a divided post-WWII Germany, documenting the lives of a punk rock band of squatters as they try to make the best with what little they have. Telling a profoundly rich story masterfully through episodic short bursts of thought and simple wording, Drawe manages to breathe lives as well as meaning to a time and place largely forgotten by the rest of the post-war world, memorializing the shared experien Wild Years in West Berlin is a powerful narrative based on author Matthias Drawe’s experiences in a divided post-WWII Germany, documenting the lives of a punk rock band of squatters as they try to make the best with what little they have. Telling a profoundly rich story masterfully through episodic short bursts of thought and simple wording, Drawe manages to breathe lives as well as meaning to a time and place largely forgotten by the rest of the post-war world, memorializing the shared experiences, including the joys and sorrows, of a very human West Berlin. This is done through the gritty atmosphere and almost survivalist tone of the novel actively contrasting with the more light-hearted and even humorous moments, reminding readers that life is more than a simple struggle for survival – it is a chaotic good time as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    X

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I really, really wanted to like this book. It seems like it would have been an absolutely fascinating story, in the hands of another writer. However, there was almost no conflict and the writing took the already dull situation and made it even duller. The main character was not sympathetic at all.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Smith

    The story unfolds at a time when I was not even born, yet. I've been in Berlin once but it' s hard to imaging the situation when the wall was still there. This becomes obvious in the scene with the cat. It would of course have been absolutely terrible if the cat would have triggered a mine. However, most animals are probably too light weight to trigger those mines. They could only be triggered by people, I guess. Then imagined how it would be like if a person stepped on the mine. A horrible idea. The story unfolds at a time when I was not even born, yet. I've been in Berlin once but it' s hard to imaging the situation when the wall was still there. This becomes obvious in the scene with the cat. It would of course have been absolutely terrible if the cat would have triggered a mine. However, most animals are probably too light weight to trigger those mines. They could only be triggered by people, I guess. Then imagined how it would be like if a person stepped on the mine. A horrible idea. The chapter where they steal a cylinder lock at the hardware store and almost get caught, made my heart pound. And on top of it, it's really ironic. They steal a lock in order to protect themselves from thieves!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Verhaegen

    The book reads the way the characters in it live their lives: fast-paced, not much thinking, just go for it. The story is one long elaboration of the title: Wild years in West-Berlin. A group of young people (punks, anarchists) live without taking responsabiltity a live of doing what they want when they want and they don't care who has to pay for it. There is a special kind of friendship between them and then have a past that they don't talk about but in some way are still connected to. They fig The book reads the way the characters in it live their lives: fast-paced, not much thinking, just go for it. The story is one long elaboration of the title: Wild years in West-Berlin. A group of young people (punks, anarchists) live without taking responsabiltity a live of doing what they want when they want and they don't care who has to pay for it. There is a special kind of friendship between them and then have a past that they don't talk about but in some way are still connected to. They fight the system - more with words than hard action - while they also want to be accepted by that same system. The book gives a glimpse of a period in the lives of people that could have lived in Berlin in another time. Worth reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard Hill

    I read the book in 2 days. I am usually not such a quick reader, but in this case I just couldn't put it down. The story moves forward very quickly, and you just want to know what's next. What kept me going is the disabled guy, "special needs" Heiner. It's so obvious that he does not fit in but he just won't let go. It's really amazing that, when all seems lost, it's exactly this guy who saves them all. I know people like him. He's just an unbearable wise ass. But since he has nothing else to do I read the book in 2 days. I am usually not such a quick reader, but in this case I just couldn't put it down. The story moves forward very quickly, and you just want to know what's next. What kept me going is the disabled guy, "special needs" Heiner. It's so obvious that he does not fit in but he just won't let go. It's really amazing that, when all seems lost, it's exactly this guy who saves them all. I know people like him. He's just an unbearable wise ass. But since he has nothing else to do, he gets things done. And he even managed to get a water connection. I kind of knew that it would have a tragic end with him, though.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris Steeden

    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a slim book and looks quite self-published but as it is a about a bunch of people living in a squat in West Berlin at the end of the 70s and early 80's it seems appropriate. The characters are engaging and the artwork in the book goes well with the writing. There are some funny moments and cringeworthy ones but you what what, it really does keep your attention and I wanted to know what happens to them. I would have liked a little more observation of west I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a slim book and looks quite self-published but as it is a about a bunch of people living in a squat in West Berlin at the end of the 70s and early 80's it seems appropriate. The characters are engaging and the artwork in the book goes well with the writing. There are some funny moments and cringeworthy ones but you what what, it really does keep your attention and I wanted to know what happens to them. I would have liked a little more observation of west Berlin at that time. You do get a feel for it but I wanted more. Anyway I was glad to win this and have the chance to read it. Good luck Matthias.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Conny

    I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I really enjoyed it. Not that I led a particular sheltered life, but I had no idea what squatting in a house in West Berlin would entail. I found the book very entertaining and I especially liked the motley crew of characters, some even reminded me of childhood friends, and you learn what life is like as a squatter and what goes on on a daily basis, along with a little bit of history of the city. Now this is no War and Peace, but its a fun and entertai I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I really enjoyed it. Not that I led a particular sheltered life, but I had no idea what squatting in a house in West Berlin would entail. I found the book very entertaining and I especially liked the motley crew of characters, some even reminded me of childhood friends, and you learn what life is like as a squatter and what goes on on a daily basis, along with a little bit of history of the city. Now this is no War and Peace, but its a fun and entertaining read, I sure would like to know what happened to all the characters and if they are still around.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tim Miller

    During the 80s I lived in Berlin and my girlfriend at the time had actually been a resident in one of the squats. It was exactly like in the book: an organized chaos. Very weird, even bizarre at times but very creative. Everybody seemed to be an artist of some sort, just like in the book. There were so many squats at the time that you found one on practically every other street in Kreuzberg. The chapter with the concert is just terrific. I felt that I could have been there. Maybe not this one bu During the 80s I lived in Berlin and my girlfriend at the time had actually been a resident in one of the squats. It was exactly like in the book: an organized chaos. Very weird, even bizarre at times but very creative. Everybody seemed to be an artist of some sort, just like in the book. There were so many squats at the time that you found one on practically every other street in Kreuzberg. The chapter with the concert is just terrific. I felt that I could have been there. Maybe not this one but just one like it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Robinson

    If you ever want to spend some time in a squatted house in West-Berlin this is the book to do it with. You feel like you are right in the middle of it. But be careful. You might get attached to it and feel the urgent need to start a squat on your own. The book is an entertaining read and I laughed a lot. There's not a dull moment, the pace of the story is great. I somehow wished I could have been one of them. If you ever want to spend some time in a squatted house in West-Berlin this is the book to do it with. You feel like you are right in the middle of it. But be careful. You might get attached to it and feel the urgent need to start a squat on your own. The book is an entertaining read and I laughed a lot. There's not a dull moment, the pace of the story is great. I somehow wished I could have been one of them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hazard

    I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Setting, plot, and characters are interesting but the book only scratches on the surface of what could have been a great read. I often had the impression of reading a draft version of the story which the author later wants to embellish. More information about the different characters and the historical and socio-economic background would have been great.

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