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There's a really great essay in here about two sisters from Great Britain who, through their interest in opera, got involved in rescuing Jews from pre-war Germany. They were personally responsible for saving at least 29 people.
Like with all issues, this issue included a variety of different types of writing and, as a result, tended to be uneven in the quality of the pieces included. I can't say that I liked every piece or that every piece was equally memorable. I'm not a fan of travel writing, memoirs, biographical pieces. Did like the story from Thomas Lynch, however. Overall, I'd have to say this was a more disappointing issue.
My mum gave me a subscription to granta this year which makes me feel as though I have this great backlog of required reading, but when I do get around to it I love it. This week I read a fascinating essay by Louise Carpenter called Ida and Louise, about two opera-obsessed sisters who came to rescue 29 people out of Nazi Germany.
Love me some Granta. It opens my mind to so much in the world. I particularly liked the essay about these two English girls who love opera and smuggle Jews out of Germany.Can't understand why goodreads calls it Granta 99. It's so 98.
The Granta for #99 is actually called "What Happened Next?"--I'm not sure why this one is labeled wrong, and I can't figure out how to change it.
I don't know why it's listed as "Private Passions", the title for this issue is "The Deep End".