Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Prisoner of Azkaban: book jacket

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

  • Author: J.K. Rowling
  • Year: 1999
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • ISBN: 0439136350

I bought this book in the airport in Munich. I had finished Gödel, Escher, Bach in Switzerland and this was the first book in English I was able to find. As I’ve noted to several people, I was impressed by the prickly refusal to speak English and “americanize” everything in Switzerland. However, it made it impossible to find anything to read. I resorted to “reading” the Swiss equivalent of “Martha Stewart Living” in the lobby of our little hotel. Well, not so much reading as looking at the pictures (and memorizing design tips, fag that I am).

Anyway, I was snowed in at Munich, and later had to spend about 10 hours in Frankfurt thanks to a terrorist threat. So …The Prisoner of Azkaban was, like all Harry Potter books, as welcome and comforting as a big piece of chocolate cake.

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