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Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen

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An international bestseller, The Taste of Apple Seeds is a story of love and loss that will captivate your heart

When Iris unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's house in the country, she also inherits the painful memories that live there.

Iris gives herself a one-week stay at the old house, after which she'll make a decision: keep it, or sell it. The choice is not so simpl
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Als ich dieses Buch vor einigen Monaten erworben habe, hatte ich so gar keine Erwartungen an "Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen". Ehrlich gesagt habe ich mir noch nicht einmal die Kurzbeschreibung durchgelesen und somit war dieses Buch tatsächlich ein kleines Abenteuer für mich. Ich werde solche Experimente sicherlich nicht häufig machen, allerdings muss ich sagen, dass sich dieses Buch sehr gelohnt hat.

Katharina Hagena hat einen unglaublich schönen Schreibstil. "Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen" lies
Diane S.

When Iris returns home for her grandmothers funeral she is amazed to discover that she has been left the house, even though her mother and two sisters are still alive. Staying at the house, trying to decide if she wants to keep it, she is assailed by the memories of the summers she spent there.

A look at memories, of forgetting, as before her death her grandmother had Alzheimer's. A sad and poignant look at a woman who is slowly losing who she was. A look at memories from when she was young and d
Iris's grandmother dies. She splits everything she owns to Iris's mother, her aunts, and Iris. Iris gets her grandmother's house. Iris decides to stay at her grandmother's house for one week and after that week she will decide if she will keep the house or sell it. Iris is visited by an friend of the family. His name is Herr Lexow. He drops a bomb on Iris regarding her family. He then proceeds to tell her the story. One that will give Iris a real, good insight look into the history of her family ...more
Lara Harmon
This book wears its heart on its sleeve: It wants to be a literary novel of gentle magical realism dwelling with misty nostalgia on life's regrets and the tangles of love and family duty. It manages to top out as a slight novel of puzzling perhaps-magical realism clubbing you over the head with misty nostalgia over a series of very unpleasant events happening to a circle of dull, unpleasant people.

I don't get the *point* of this novel. It bobs from piece of pat symbolism to piece of pat symbolis
Ich muss gestehen, dass ich das Buch nach den ersten zwanzig Seiten erstmal zur Seite legte. Zu verwoben war mir die Erzählweise, zu viele Charaktere wurden genannt. Aber kämpft man sich einmal durch die erste Verwirrung hindurch, wird man mit einer wunderschönen Geschichte belohnt. Oder sollte ich eher sagen mit mehreren wunderschönen Geschichten?

Iris taucht in ihre eigene Vergangenheit ein, aber auch in die Vergangenheit ihrer Tanten und ihrer Großmutter. Drei Generationen werden genauer bele
Nach den ersten 100 Seiten des Buches dachte ich: "na ja, das ist ja nicht so dolle", aber danach muss ich sagen, wurde es immer besser. :)
In dem Buch spielen sehr viele Charaktere aus 3 Generationen und es hat eine Weile gedauert, bis ich jeden richtig zuordnen konnte. Aber am Ende war es wirklich spannend und ich wollte wissen, wie die Familien-Saga ausgeht.

Die Autorin benutzt eine sehr bildhafte, poetische Sprache, was mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Nur braucht man ein wenig, um sich daran zu ge
Jule Berlin
Such pretentious kitsch! All the time I had the feeling the author tried very hard to have her protagonist be this quirky-melancholic character, but she was just plain contrived. I mean, come on, the thing with the ball dresses? The story itself could have been very interesting, but the persons in it were just so unlikeable and seemed so unlifelike.
Joana Marta
Este livro tem das capas mais apelativas que já vi, e quando mo ofereceram, estava à espera de ler uma história fofinha de 3 gerações diferentes e sobre o mistério da morte de Rosmarie.

Comecei por gostar da história e da escrita da autora, no entanto, a escrita que ao início me fascinou, tornou-se demasiado exaustiva com as descrições. Cansa ao fim de algum tempo em que queremos ver mais acção e desenvolvimentos. A dada altura dei por mim também a pensar que mais valia a história de Iris ter si
The Taste of Apple Seeds left me with a sweet and sad mixture of emotions. It's a beautifully written book that enveloped me into Iris's story. There's something about this book that just warmed my heart. It's quite melancholy but on the other hand there's this quiet comfort that this story brings. I don't know what to make of my feelings but one thing's for sure - this book made an impression on me.

Throughout the book you get to read about the different lives of Iris's family. You get to read a
Ingrid Fasquelle
Autant être franche, je ne vais pas être tendre avec le roman de Katharina Hagena ! J'attendais beaucoup plus de ce best-seller dont le titre, en gourmande que je suis, avait piqué ma curiosité... Pourtant, dès les premières pages, je suis tombée sous le charme de l'écriture de l'auteur (à moins que ce ne fût plutôt de celle de Bernard Kreiss, dont il faut ici souligner l'excellent travail de traduction) mais ça n'aura pas suffi pour faire de ce roman un coup de coeur ! Certes, l'écriture est pr ...more
Originally written in German, this novel has been a huge success all over Europe.

Personally, I think 250 pages is enough, any more and I doubt that I would have been able to carry on. There is no doubt that the author has a flair with words, but I found myself just plodding along from one description to another.

Iris has inherited her late Grandmother's house - somewhere in modern-day Germany. She is unsure as to whether she should keep the property, so decides to spend some time there. This mak
Pamela Barrett
Family secrets, love affairs, and a touch of the mystical take the reader along on a journey, during one summer week, where a young woman, revisiting her past, discovers a doorway to her future. When Iris inherits her grandmother’s house in a village in the German countryside, a place where she spent her childhood summers, she’s not sure if she wants to keep it. The house comes with more than rambling gardens and fruit trees—it comes with the memories of all the former occupants, and the mystery ...more
Ein herrlicher Roman, voller Gerüche und Sinneseindrücke, voller Sommer und Apfelbäume, voller Liebe, Leid und Leben und, ja, auch Sterben. Katharina Hagena erzählt die Lebensgeschichte von drei Schwestern, von drei Freundinnen und von Großmutter Bertha, der, an Alzheimer erkrankt, ihr Leben stückchenweise entgleitet. Nach Berthas Tod erbt Enkelin Iris das Haus der Familie und während sie noch überlegt, ob sie das Erbe überhaupt antreten soll, drängen sich ihr Erinnerungen auf. Erinnerungen an d ...more
Erster Satz und erster Eindruck

"Tante Anna starb mit sechzehn an einer Lungenentzündung, die aufgrund ihres gebrochenen Herzens und des noch nicht entdeckten Penizillins nicht heilen konnte." - eine wahnsinnig tolle, tragische und intensive Geschichte über die Frauen einer Familie über drei Generationen - eine Geschichte des Vergessens, des Erinnerns, der Liebe, des Tods u.v.m.

Cover/ Gestaltung: 5/5 Pkt.

Das Cover ist einfach wunderschön und passt einfach ganz toll zur Geschichte, sowie der Titel
This German novel is currently enjoying a certain success in France. It's indeed a very enjoyable read, written in an easy yet interesting style, filled with tender humor and lots of heart. There isn't anything really original about the story, though - it's one of those generic family sagas centered around a house and dealing with secrets of the past that could easily fall into the romance category. Hagena is a skillful writer, though: she knows how to keep the interest of the reader, and how to ...more
Monique Mulligan
A small girl sitting among apples. It was the cover that first caught my eye when deciding to read this book and it fits the theme well – preserving and savouring family and family memories. A bestseller in Germany, the book has now been translated from German; for this reason, I chose to review this book as part of the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013.

When Iris inherits her late grandmother Bertha’s house, her thoughts turn to childhood memories of long, hot summers playing with her cousin Rosmar
This was a strange book. The book was set in Germany and originally written in German. The premise of a young woman inheriting her grandmother's house and living there for a week to decide if she should keep it sounded interesting. The jacket said the "... cottage is an enchanting place, where currant jam tastes of tears, sparks fly from fingertips, love's embrace makes apple trees blossom ..." I found it far from enchanting.

It had elements of mysticism (for lack of a better term), something I d
Erster Satz und erster Eindruck

"Tante Anna starb mit sechzehn an einer Lungenentzündung, die aufgrund ihres gebrochenen Herzens und des noch nicht entdeckten Penizillins nicht heilen konnte." - eine wahnsinnig tolle, tragische und intensive Geschichte über die Frauen einer Familie über drei Generationen - eine Geschichte des Vergessens, des Erinnerns, der Liebe, des Tods u.v.m.

Cover/ Gestaltung: 5/5 Pkt.

Das Cover ist einfach wunderschön und passt einfach ganz toll zur Geschichte, sowie der Titel
Megan (The Book Babe)
The Taste of Apple Seeds The wheels of destiny have always been set in motion - in our family as well - by a fall. And by an apple.

WhileThe Taste of Apple Seedswas an alright kind of book, I can't really say that I enjoyed it very much. Don't get me wrong, it was okay... but I feel like it was missing something. For instance, it was missing a pull - there wasn't really anything interesting happening. To put it bluntly, it was pretty dang boring. I feel like it was just pages of description that
As I first started to read this story, I was reminded of my own childhood at my great-grandmother’s house. She had this huge tree, where I would eat the pomegranates, it would produce in the Spring. This story has a touch of whimsy, beautiful descriptions, all mixed in with a crazy family. I found the stories of Iris’s family quite interesting and there were many times I wanted the storyline to go deeper in the descriptions. At 256 pages, the book had so many interesting characters, that the aut ...more
Zoe Brooks
This review first appeared on the Magic Realism Review blog

This is not the literary book that the description promises and one might have expected from the writer's biography as an academic who has written a book on Joyce's Ulysses. But if you lower your expectations The Taste of Apple Seeds has much to offer. It is a pleasant, gentle read, with some lovely poetic descriptions.

I particularly liked the descriptions of Bertha, Iris's grandmother and her dec
Barbara Mitchell
This book set in Germany sometime after World War II is a different kind of story than I normally read. At first I fussed at how slowly it was progressing and at how little I knew about the narrator at the beginning. But gradually the characters began to draw me in until I couldn't have stopped reading the book if I had tried. This is a story for character lovers.

Iris, a librarian in Freiberg, has gone to Bootshaven where she spent childhood summers. This time she's there for her grandmother Ber
This story intrigued me for a number of reasons but mostly for the tale of so many generations of women and the house that held them. I entered into it without expectation and it was only after I'd read it that I learned of its popularity in Germany. It's not a straightforward story - it meanders and wanders and doesn't completely satisfy. I don't know if that is due to the novel itself or to translation problems. When you are dealing with issues such as feelings and love all wrapped up in magic ...more
Iris inherits her grandmother's house after her death. For many years her grandmother lost her cognitive ability to dementia. The slow decline was hard on the family and her house holds those memories. While Iris is trying to decide whether or not to accept her inheritance she gives herself one week in the house to make that important decision. Katherina Hagen tells the reader the story through Iris in first person. As Iris remembers her childhood, her aunts, her friends, her grandmother and her ...more
[☆] Yuu [★]
Als ihre Tante Berhta stirbt, erbt Iris deren Haus und ist sich anfangs nicht sicher, ob sie das Erbe annehmen soll oder nicht.

Nach der Beerdigung kehrt sie als einzige in das Haus zurück, um sich genau darüber klar zu werden. Sie steht wieder in dem Haus, in welchem sie einen größtenteils ihre Kindheit verbracht,. Erinnerungen werden wach, vor allem an ihre Cousine Rosemarie, welche bei einem Unfall verstorben ist.

Warum musste ausgerechnet Rosamarie dieser Unfall passieren und was hatte sie auf
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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The Taste of Apple Seeds seems to be another book that was lost in translation for me, though more in terms of story line, as opposed to writing style. Because the writing, simply put, was absolutely captivating. I'm not sure if we have Jamie Bulloch (the translator) to thank for such descriptive perfection, or the author herself, as I'm completely ignorant to the process of translating a book from one language to another. Though I would like to think, and am deciding now th
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
If I could sum up "The Taste of Apple Seeds" with one tagline, it would be filled with family secrets and a dollop of magical realism. This book is the story of Iris who inherits a big, old house filled with lots of family memories. Iris isn't sure that she really wants the house because you don't really get to pick and keep only the good memories.

First off, I want to mention that I love, love, love magical realism. I just think it is such a good element and can really add a bit of sparkle to t
Originally published in German, Katharina Hagena’s THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS is a beautiful coming of age story where the secrets of the past are revealed and one woman grapples with what could have been.

As for characterization, Hagena does a great job introducing us to a wide array of characters who play a vital role. Our primary character is Iris and she inherits a house she doesn’t want. Iris is very quiet and innocent. During her childhood flashbacks, we get to experience her naivety and her
I simply found it boring. Probably not the right book for me. Chapter after chapter were the same only building up information about the characters who in the end did not have any big impact. I kept reading to reach the plot climax which was merely a plateau in one or two chapters.
I don't know if the translation had any effect on the original content because it wasn't flowing smoothly with me.
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