Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt
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Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt

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Paperback, 585 pages
Published 2005 by Aufbau Taschenbuch (first published 1934)
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3.5 stars
Once A Jailbird (1934) or Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt (The World Outside)

He who once eats from the tin plate will eat from it again.

This grim novel is not merely about prison inmates and ex-convicts, but one using a social theme typical of Fallada, satirizing Hitler's New Germany with subtle criticism. It was published in 1934, just a year after the Nazi takeover, and so it's not surprising that Fallada might have subdued any political viewpoints.

Willi Kufalt, convicted of embez...more
Jeff Buddle
Willi Kufalt can’t catch a break. Released from prison, he tries to go straight but an ex-con just doesn't get a fair shake in 1930s Germany where he’s forced to work for half what he’s worth, mistrusted by cops, and picked up for crimes he didn't commit. And just when things seem to be going good (he’s got a job, a girlfriend, and rich prospects) things fall apart. This is my first Hans Fallada novel and it’s great, a perfectly tuned chronicle of the down-and-out and the frustrations of trying...more
There is no escaping the past, certainly not for Willi Kufalt. No matter how far he goes or how much he tries life just refuses to be fair. Fallada draws you masterfully into this story of trial and desperation; despite all of Kufalt's mistakes you want him to prevail, to overcome.

As a critique of the German parole system in the first half of the twentieth century Once a Jailbird instills in you a desire for reform and redemption, a jailbird does not always need to be a jailbird. As a descriptio...more
Carl Triggs
"A man who arrives in prison is like Robinson Crusoe, washed up by a storm on a desert island. All the skills that he has learnt on the outside are of no use to him. In fact they are a hindrance. He has to start again from scratch"

This book wasn't as gripping as some others by Hans Fallada, namely 'Alone in Berlin' or 'The Drinker'. At times I found it hard work but it picked up as it went along. Some classic Fallada characters and plot.
I was very disappointed in this book. I enjoyed very much Fallada's book Everyone Dies Alone.

This book I found very hard to follow-it may be the translation. I had a hard time figuring who said what. There may have been a lot of German slang used in the book which was hard to translate.

There was not much suspense because you know things are going to go well for the main characters.

Wilde Sky
A man is released from a prison in the 1930s and tries to make a new life for himself in Hamburg.

I found this to be an unsatisfying read. The plot was bogged down in low level detail (making the pace very slow) and the language was dry / academic in nature (but this make have been the translation).

I didn’t enjoy it as much as ‘Alone in Berlin’.
Sylvie Adams
This book didn't have as much impact as 'Alone in Berlin' but was still a good read. Set in pre-Nazi Germany it tells the story of a petty thief trying to make it on the outside. Quite humorous in places,and dark in others, I would recommend it.
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Hans Fallada, born Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen in Greifswald, was one of the most famous German writers of the 20th century. His novel, LITTLE MAN, WHAT NOW? is generally considered his most famous work and is a classic of German literature. Fallada's pseudonym derives from a combination of characters found in the Grimm fairy tales: The protagonist of Lucky Hans and a horse named Falada in The Goo...more
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