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Ende einer Dienstfahrt

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  163 ratings  ·  18 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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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
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
Czarny Pies
Nov 21, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
Gelezen toen ik 16 was; was er erg van onder de indruk.
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?
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.
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
Extremely funny, in a quiet, dry sense. As usual with Böll, a fantastic tale with fully realised characters. I loved it. A-.
With soft but effective irony Böll succeeds in giving an account of the senselessness of the army. A provocative ethical book.
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.
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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