In A German Diary, Regine Dubono Treats Travel as a Psychological Adventure

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The narrator, a twenty year old woman with OCD, forced to travel alongside The Pegasus Players to Germany, because her husband is acting in the performances at German universities, experiences a great deal of uprooting and distress which she copes with by keeping a diary in which she concentrates not so much on the scenery as on her own psychological trajectory.

While "The Diary" deals mainly with Dubono's state of "heart and soul", it does record the performances in Germany, starting with Hamburg University, and a lot more.

In particular, The diary relates the excitement with which the American actors are hailed by the German and International students in 1961, reflecting a social climate.

The cast of the Pegasus Players sleeps in youths' hostels, and is constantly on the go. There are intrigues, rivalries, and love affairs.

There's a surprise visit from Israel by a father who hasn't seen his son in 23 years, as his wife ran away with their son. (which could start a discourse on custody rights and family law). Memorable scenes abound with the visit to NO-MAN's land, the Park in Hildesheim, the lake where the cast goes swimming, and comic anecdotes sprinkled here and there such as "Cousin Hans marvelous fish!"

The characters of Nomi and her concentration camp survivor, aunt, "Tanta Baby" are strong and fascinating. The characters of the actors are merely sketched to leave room to your imagination. And the love intrigues and rivalries are implied rather than delineated.

The candid personal style of the writer is most engaging and makes the diary a delight to read. Because of its special perspective, which is the narrator's OCD traits, it may be recommended reading for Psychology, and Psychiatry students.

Because it relates the social climate in the Universities Students Club, just some 20 years after the end of WWll, it may live on as a historical document.

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