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Ende einer Dienstfahrt

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  181 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
End of a Mission, written in 1968, finds Heinrich Boll trying to come to terms with his country's monstrous past in an investigation of an inexplicable crime and an even more absurd trial. Told to rack up mileage on a jeep to prepare it for inspection, a soldier drives it home--and burns it in the company of his complaisant father. Boll's account of the testimony and backg ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published 2003 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch (first published January 1st 1966)
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Sawsan
Jun 17, 2016 Sawsan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنريش بُل أديب مهتم بالسياسة بوجه عام وخاصةً السياسة والتغيرات في ألمانيا فترة ما بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية
الرواية عن محاكمة في بلدة ألمانية صغيرة لأب وابنه قاموا بحرق سيارة تابعة للجيش الألماني, وبحث عن الدوافع وراء الحادث
ومن خلال المحاكمة وأقوال الشهود والأحاديث الدائرة بين أهل البلدة, ينقد الكاتب مؤسسة الجيش والأوضاع الاقتصادية والاجتماعية في بلده
فكرة الرواية مميزة وبعض أحداث المحاكمة كانت ممتعة وهزلية, لكن في العموم السرد ممل وملئ بتفاصيل زائدة وكثيرة جدا
Sara
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Weaverannie
Het duurde vrij lang voor ik in het verhaal kwam: het aantal namen was heel groot en de personages moeilijk uit elkaar te houden.
In een gehucht op het Duitse platteland is een rechter bezig met zijn laatste proces. Hij gaat met pensioen. Verdachten zijn een vader en zoon, die een auto in brand hebben gestoken, en vrolijk zaten te kijken hoe die uitbrandde. Ze zongen daarbij een stichtelijk lied en stootten de koppen van de pijp die ze rookten tegen elkaar. De auto was eigendom van het leger. De
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Krisz
Mar 22, 2014 Krisz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magyarul
So absurd, yet so real, that it is hurtingly funny.
I couldn't find out how it would end, couldn't believe it would end with a closure, and therefore the book surprised me!
I loved the little details, for example when the witnesses in the small room debate little things like smoking or that the restaurant usually serves great food but not today because the lady of the house is stressed as their daughter is pregnant etc. Böll creates a full world with these interesting details and I loved it.
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Karlo Mikhail
This past week I was reading two short novels, one by Benoît Duteurtre and the other by Heinrich Boll. While both are satires, it is interesting to note how much the horizons of the peoples living in Europe has changed over the years.

Duteurtre’s Customer Service, published in 2008, problematizes the relationship between the individual consumer and the globalized capitalist economy. Boll’s The End of a Mission, published in 1968, tackles the relationship between the individual citizen and the mod
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Czarny Pies
Nov 21, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diehard Boll fans.
Recommended to Czarny by: An enthusiastic public librarian.
Shelves: german-lit
This is an uncharacteristically sweet novel by the normally, unpleasant Boll about an young man doing his compulsory army duty who sets fire to his jeep in an act of youthful protest.

This sets the stage for a trial in which Boll satirizes post-war Germany. He saves his best jabs for liberal Catholics. This is a very funny book by a man who wants to criticize everything.
Judith
Jul 14, 2014 Judith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My father gave me this book when I was a teenager and devouring books by the dozen. He said I wouldn't be able to devour this one. He was right. The story is okay, but the writing style with page-long sentences and lots of indirect formal speech makes you fall asleep. I never finished the book. A dozen years later, I picked up the book again and it's still as dry as before.
Joost van Hoek
Een heerlijke gedistantieerde stijl waarin Böll subtiel het verhaal ontvouwt. Ondanks dat het in 1966 geschreven is en het onderwerp niet meer actueel is, was het heerlijk om te lezen.
Maureen
Mar 19, 2016 Maureen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, I get that it's a satire. The whole narrative concerns the trial of a father and son for setting fire to an army jeep as an artistic 'happening' or perhaps it is an anti-government protest. Some laughs to be had around the crazy bureaucracy of driving army vehicles aimlessly for thousands of miles just to get the speedo up to the next service, I can see it happening. The farcical evidence raises smiles too. It certainly provokes some wry smiles with its tableau of small town German character ...more
Hubert
A most fascinating indictment of the German legal system post-WW II. Touches upon small-town life, local and national politics, religion, and even art. Cleverly designed through the lens of a small-town trial of a father and son who purposefully set a military jeep on fire. Böll's language sometimes meanders on in sub-clauses and asides; one paragraph lasted for 8 pages. Readers do need to pay attention lest they miss some important detail that might be easy to gloss over.

A worthy text! My secon
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Marc
Jan 19, 2014 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gelezen toen ik 16 was; was er erg van onder de indruk.
Unwordy
Maitea. Pean vist uuesti lugema. Tundus nii lahja, ühtsust absoluutselt mitte moodustav, hüpik, pepik, erinevate karakterite ja nende igapäevaliste veidrustega edvistav, suutmata noote ja akorde tõmmata kokku kõlama löövaks meloodiliseks tervikuks.

Midagi on kahtlane. Lühijutud ometi olid vaimustavalt oivalised ja Päriselt Head.

Las settib veidi, ma loen seda uuesti.
Angel Serrano
El ejército federal alemán es una máquina administrativa muy eficaz. El control presupuestario permite asegurar una disciplina de costes necesaria. Sin embargo, ¿qué tiene eso que ver con un execrable acto terrorista en que un soldado atenta gravemente contra material bélico gubernamental?
Markéta
Dec 18, 2012 Markéta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave it 3 chances, but couldn't really finished it. Quit reading after 40 pages. The plot sounds good, but it was hard to read it. After reading paragraph I didn't know what it was about.
Sina
Jun 10, 2010 Sina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
شخصیت ها زیاد بودند و زیاد به جزئیات شخصیت ها پرداخته شده بود.همین باعث کسالت آوری کتاب شده و به خاطر ترجمه نه چندان خوب(ترجمه ناتالی چوبینه) آن نثر همیشگی بُل هم منتقل نشده
Kris McCracken
Aug 09, 2013 Kris McCracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely funny, in a quiet, dry sense. As usual with Böll, a fantastic tale with fully realised characters. I loved it. A-.
Bernd
Dec 09, 2009 Bernd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With soft but effective irony Böll succeeds in giving an account of the senselessness of the army. A provocative ethical book.
Farima Haghdadi
Jul 06, 2014 Farima Haghdadi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
پر از اسم بود وخسته کننده. چند صفحه ای خوندم و بعد چند ماه وقفه افتاد، هنوز هم علاقه ای به خوندن بقیه اش ندارم.
Amy
Jul 28, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heinrich-böll
پایان داستان فوق العاده قشنگ بود...البته کمی گیج می شدم تو جریان داستان اما عالی بود...
Gerald Camp
Very dated. A one joke satire that quickly became tedious.
Carlo Mayer
Finito il 1988
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Heinrich Böll became a full-time writer at the age of 30. His first novel, Der Zug war pünktlich (The Train Was on Time), was published in 1949. Many other novels, short stories, radio plays and essay collections followed, and in 1972 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature "for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterizatio ...more
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