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Early Sorrow

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1928. Mann, German essayist, cultural critic, and novelist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929. Among Mann's most famous works are Buddenbrooks and The Magic Mountain. His novels usually explore the relationship between the exceptional individual and his or her environment, the environment of family, or of the world in general. Early Sorrow is among his ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1925)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

Germany, with a galloping inflation, in the early 30's before Hitler's full rise to power. Dr. Cornelius, a professor, has an ongoing party in his house for his two teenage children. The younger ones, Ellie (five years old) and Snapper (only slightly older) are having fun too with their older siblings' guests.

Ellie is the spitting image of Dr. Cornelius's wife when the latter was at that age and he loves this child most of all.

Thomas Mann's descriptive prowess is in full display here. One would
This strange and rather claustrophobic tale is set in the Weimar years, during the inflation -- during the middle part of it, not the later part of it (though published in 1925). It shows the typical Mann strains of suppressed neuroticism. The purile bourgeoisie is passing and Weimar culture is but a clown, created to cheer the dying child. The translation I read was neither very good nor very bad. At any rate, I know little about Mann, so will stop here.
I loved this. Loved how full of life and hustle bustle the whole party scene is. *spoiler* Wow is Max THAT attractive?
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Is it a conceit of every age that thinks it is living through great and unprecedented change? Certainly Thomas Mann's characters are puzzled by the pace of change as Weimar Germany emerges from a post-War malaise and embraces liberal democracy and a dynamic bohemian culture.

We are told today that the professions that have served the middle classes so well, in terms of social mobility and financial independence, will change more in the next two decades than they have in the past two centuries as
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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
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