Book Club Read - I can't say I enjoyed this book, because I really didn't care for a lot of the characters - in fact most of the characters.
The men especially, considering this was written by a man that's quite a feat.
A young couple meet an architect while on their honeymoon in Venice, they ask him to build them a house in a small Czech town. The book follows the house from inception to modern day, through the Second World War to the rise of Communism. The house goes from being a family home, to a German Laboratory, to a place for Childrens Physiotherapy and finally to a Museum (as an architectual landmark).
My main problem was with Viktor (the husband) who married a woman that didn't believe in sex while she was pregnant - or before marriage (who was in love with her best friend Hana but couldn't admit it until it was a bit too late). He used this as an excuse to start a "relationship" with a woman he "met" while on a business trip to Vienna. Ultimately this woman moves in with the family (after appearing in their living room as a refugee) along with her daughter.
I did like Liesel (the wife), she tried to maintain her dignity and was smart enough to recognise that her husband had fallen in love with another woman.
Would I read it again - no.