GUNTER GRASS EL TAMBOR DE HOJALATA PDF
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El tambor de hojalata / The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass | : Books
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I haven’t read any Goethe or Rasputin. What am I missing? Alex Cole Goethe and Rasputin represent different angles of the German psyche – namely, Goethe represents Tamvor literary and cultural past and the …more Goethe and Rasputin represent different angles of the German psyche – namely, Goethe represents Germany’s literary and cultural past and the individuated “reason” of Apollonian art. Rasputin represents the need for Dionysian communitarian intoxication underlying the deeply individualistic petit bourgeoisie society of pre-war Danzig.
Both figures drive “history” in the carousel of Oskar’s fever-dream, culminating in a sense of historical non-consciousness or nihilistic empty time to use the language of Walter Benjamin. I should note, too, the Apollonian-Dionysian distinction is itself a German invention, finding its origins in the early writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Joan McConnell Yes, it is; I just checked. Perhaps you have already found it.
See 2 questions about El Tambor De Hojalata…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. My reaction to finishing this book was ‘thank god that’s over’. I thought it was interesting in the abstract, but at times I couldn’t stand reading it. The unreliable main character Oskar, decides to stop growing at the age of three. He refuses to speak, and communicates by banging on rl titular drum. I gather this is supposed to reflect German societies refusal to accept the realities of the rise of Nazism and their complicity in it.
But I don’t really care. My problem with the book wasn’t th My reaction to finishing this book was ‘thank god that’s over’.
El Tambor De Hojalata
My problem rl the book wasn’t the confusing structure, the occasional nasty hojalsta don’t read this book if you’re planning on eating eels anytime hoja,ata but that I just couldn’t stand the writing. I’m guessing that much grasw the humor was lost in translation, but what irritated me the most were the lame lyrical sections. Sentences like “long after I had lain down I was still standing on coconut fibres, and that is why I was unable to sleep; for nothing is more stimulating, more sleep-dispelling, more thought provoking than standing barefoot on a coconut fiber map” are pretty much bullshit and it doesn’t help that I heard Werner Herzog in my head when I read them.
And there are a lot of them in this book. There’s not enough realism to make the magic interesting. The crazy characters are intersting and funny at first, but there’s no connection between them, and after a while their strangeness gets boring and repetitive.
I really wanted to like this book, and I know a lot of people love it, but I’m never reading this one again. Maybe I’ll try the movie. View all 11 comments. I learned that I don’t find eccentric midgets that make highly stylized allusions to archaic information and literature very interesting, but that I do like it when eccentric midgets kill their fathers and have lots of sex.
So ultimately this book taught me I am shallow; goodbye Harpers, hello National Enquirer. View all 3 comments. Straight twmbor is not the gift of Grass. Or it gets lost in translation? You have to look for a story between the tortuous generalities Grass vrass on so comprehensively. But there could be a message: Unless you have something more authentic and hojlata, you have to come back to this author, who only lately acknowledged his Nazi connection, if you want to decipher the Germans, the most mysterious of the people.
Grass d Straight narrative is not the gift of Grass. Grass does his best to bring out his work is a worthy effort.
Occasionally he does so brilliantly. But he is holding back something, is what you feel through out. Neither he is a liberated writer, nor he liberates.
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He tries to posses only. Often you drop the book for a long time, to return to it, as it looms there. I tried to finish ‘the tin drum’ and ‘dog years’ unsuccessfully. The second book I bought as several copies of it were there at a book-store at a ridiculously low price.
I hope to finish ‘the drum Could someone suggest me a German writer more forth-coming with the narrative? The bigger ones also may pass a hint at the future.
And they are the survivors, for they have to do the difficult job of explaining the matters. They could have done this or that and led a hypothetical life. But they have to defy the expectations of others. Else they will not be able to achieve ggrass they have. And we will not have issues to talk about. What will shape the societies if the writers and artists were all alike, apart from a path-breaking scientific discovery or a natural catastrophe?
The book is good. Yet not perfect of course, for it brings to the fore the human problems. ve
It is a book of a German person, which is the only competitive economy of Europe today. So there is something inherently different about the people the book talks about. For the people too much used to reading main-stream books published in English, whether by native speakers of the language or those who adopt it – all of them, hopefully, not hoping to beat the natives in English language use – The tin Drum will prove difficult to taste and digest, more so for the fact that it was translated from German.
Bearing with it will reveal a great deal-apart from the secrets the authors has retained and selectively revealed in the due course. After all, he is always bigger than his creations. A novel by Gunter Grass; Coming to terms with history through fiction It is heartening that this book is available in English. The author has already been rewarded with a Nobel prize and lives a secluded life apparently, only giving an occasional interview in English to BBC- beyond the German.
The writer also attracted a lot of controversy when he admitted a few years back of his Nazi connection.
El tambor de hojalata, vol I by Günter Grass
Grase, like all great writers he remains an enigma to all. The book is phenomenal and brilliant, for it tries to capture through fiction the life in Germany just before and after the war broke out. This Gunter does through a character Oskar who is about to reach his teens but has decided not to grow beyond three years.
He is dwarfish or gnomish and shatters his drums when he is angry by beating; or glasses around him through his screams: He, apparently grown up, narrates the story of his younger age, from a mental asylum where he has found the refuge. So it is mostly through symbols, txmbor the author builds a powerful character. Oskar is a product of a bad mothering by a promiscuous and glutinous woman, who indulges him by never stopping his destructive drum-shattering or glass-breaking.
Oskar often leaves her behind to her lover, whom he suspects of being his guntr, to go out beating his drum in anguish, at their secret hide in a hotel.
She pays for the glasses or the drums Oskar destroys. She kills herself by over eating when she is pregnant for the second time, leaving the Oskar, the drummer boy, almost orphaned. A spoilt child he is, he is anguished more at the loss of his mother. There is no one to indulge hojalaya anymore, while he apparently resents the mere sympathy he receives from some of the people for becoming a motherless young boy.
His legal or presumptive father though, mostly tried earlier to entertain his mother by cooking food for her and tolerating the presence of her Polish lover, when she was alive. His suspected father, Jan Bronski, later got executed while he was out only to help Oskar repair his drum, as he and thirty other people were founnd defending the Polish post office from a Nazi attack, where he worked, and France did not come to ta,bor the Poland, author notes, in spite of the tambo.
Oskar keeps the guilt secret while he recovers from a sickness in the aftermath of this incident. A few friends Oskar made become victims of different tragedies. One of them, Herbert, dies while trying to make love hojalwta a grasd in a museum, while another, a jewish Toy-shop owner, who supplies him drums, disappears in the hands of Nazis. A mutual friend of Oskar and Herbert. But being a Nazi he was denied sympathies at the funereal and he returns to his apartment to kill his four pet cats.
He was expelled for this cruelty against animals by the Nazi party. Oskar is truly alarmed at the loss of his toy-seller friend and worries if the world is going to remain toyless in future. These poignant description crisply sum up the situation the writer tries to depict. There is very little of the literature available in English, by a German author, which tried to deal with the genesis of the rise of Nazism and the consequent world war.
This book is a very brave attempt by Gunter Grass, to deal with this subject, which still se strong reactions within Germany tambr beyond. He has done it with remarkable style hoalata does not get lost even in the translation. Though the details in the books are at times tiresome and alien, particularly when a reader is not aware that the author is talking about a town that German occupied during the war and currently is in Poland; but they are authentic and deserve the tambof of the people who are interested in the authors like Gunter Grass.