Mr Norris Changes Trains

by Charlotte Reads Classics

Mr Norris Changes Trains, Christopher Ishwerwood

This seems to be something as a warm up for Isherwood’s main event: Goodbye to Berlin, as this story shares many characters and settings. William Bradshaw is traveling through Europe to Berlin when he meets Mr. Norris on a train. Our slightly naive narrator gets sucked into the seedy life and shady business of Mr. Norris, who by contrast is eccentric but charming. This book mainly seems to be about friendship, a kind of car crash fascination that make awful people attractive and the strange types to be found in Berlin during this unique period in history.