Königliche Hoheit
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Königliche Hoheit

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Royal highness, first published in 1909, represents Thomas Mann's effort to lighten 'the serious and weighty naturalism' he had inherited from the 19th century into a work of art at once intellectual and symbolic, 'a transparency for ideas to shine through.'
Paperback, 359 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Fischer (first published 1909)
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Carey Combe


A sharp satire of a dying monarchy with a wonderful portrayal of a loveless childhood. But I found his way to finding love (reading books on economics and getting to grips with the country's finances to impress his American heiress rather ludicrous). But the wonderful language and writing kept me hooked
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This was his second novel. It presents a microcosm as a symptomatic of larger currents, as in THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN. But the narrative seems less universally relevant and less well formed as a narrative in itself.

Sometime in the early 20th century, before world wars change the face of the world, a southern German principality lurches into moribundity as its finances totter and its decaying monarchy clings on to the ceremonial prerogatives and duties of hereditary rulers. Young Prince Klaus Heinrich...more
Carl
Mann is always interesting, but this one seems almost frivolous for him. Our royal highness, who is more figurehead than person, meets a woman from the new world who challenges him to man up. He does, they marry, and the old world is invigorated with new blood and ambition. Elmore Leonard once said that he left out the parts that people skip, and that that was the key to his success. Mann doesn't leave out anything, but his greatest virtue and his greatest vice. I'm curious to reread Buddenbrook...more
James (JD) Dittes
A surprisingly timely look at a bankrupt nation and an economy in crisis, Thomas Mann captures both the rigid European aristocracy and the burgeoning optimism of American re-emigres in this novel.

Mann sprinkles together elements of some of Germany's greatest 19th century writers in this tale: the fairy-tale magic of the Brothers Grimm runs just below the surface, the economic might of Marx looms.

And in His Royal Highness, Mann has created a character who lets us into the dilemmas faced by the ar...more
María of Spain
I just couldn't stomach this. Boring to death in its first pages. So much so that I didn't bother with the rest. Just couldn't.
Sebnem
Mar 15, 2013 Sebnem rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sevi Sönmez
Majesteleri Kral Klaus Heinrich'i sevmemek mümkün mü?
Erjon 7
May 05, 2014 Erjon 7 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thomas Mann fans
This novel,it even does not sound like a Mann novel!I mean the happy ending(strange)rare is a happy ending in Thomas Mann novels!and it seem to me that it was quite different from all the major Mann universe.I mean in the ending with those quotes about love and life!It sounded to me like an G.G.Marquez not an Mann novel!anyway it was an elegant story in a realistic style,something strange in Mann novels because he is just to much modernist, existencial and universal in his way of writing,not jus...more
Beth Nieto
I read this book in English "Royal Highness" and Brazilian Portuguese "Sua Alteza Real".
It's a very delightful and interesting reading, I recommend!
Apollinaire
One of the Highnesses: "It is difficult to be happy in an appropriate manner." Hahaha
Matthias
The story is about a German prince (son of the Grand Duke of a bankrupt country) falling in love with an immigrant billionaire's daughter, and of course facing the necessary hindrances to win her love... The book may be considered as an early 20th century version of Beauty and the Beast. I'm not quite sure whether I'd give 3 or 4 stars for this book... Eventhough the story is rather superficial and predictable, Thomas Mann's narrative is, as ever, worth more than 3 stars.
David Cain
While RH is a story about a prince and his princess, it is completely absurd to call this novel a "fairy tale." RH is, at most, a modern telling of a chivalric romance, more along the lines of Zola and Lawrence than anything by the brother's Grimm. The work of an obviously young Mann, RH shows much of the style and depth of his later works. Beautiful and brilliant, Royal Highness rings with literary excellence.
John
A long fairy tale of a world about to be destroyed in the First World War. Written by Mann, I knew this would be a long, detailed fairy tale, but it has all the elements of a Bildungsroman in the first half of the book as well. Elegant translation, as it is not by Lowe-Porter, Mann's first English translator, whose inaccuracies of meaning are well known. Good naturalistic allusive fiction.
☯Bettie☯
How Lovely! The book itself, sent through from TA - all party packaged and with a note. This story is a microcosm of the state of Europe just before WWI so imagine how this freudian slip by amazon had me chortling...

"...here's to many happy bookish things and events in 1914"



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Opening:I: THE CONSTRICTION:
Artillery salvos were fired when the various new-fangled means of communication in the capital spread the n
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Ayse Sen
akıcı bir dili olsa da çok sıradan klasik bir eser. çok beğendiğimi söyleyemeyeceğim.
Ian
Lightweight Mann, if this is possible. Still enjoyable.
Bluepen
Pouke, pouke, pouke. Pročitati.
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Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intel...more
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