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Billard um halb zehn

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,115 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Drei Generationen einer rheinischen Architektenfamilie werden sich an diesem 6. September 1958 versammeln, um den achtzigsten Geburtstag ihres Oberhauptes zu feiern. Heinrich Fähmel hatte 1907 den Auftrag erhalten, die Abtei St. Anton zu erbauen. Sein Sohn Robert - er spielt täglich von halb zehn bis elf im Hotel Prinz Heinrich Billard - hat als Sprengmeister der Wehrmacht ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 1959)
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Steve


Heinrich Böll with his eternal cigarette(*)



Sometimes the Swedish Academy does get things right, and one of these times was the award of the Nobel Prize in 1972 to Heinrich Böll (1917-1985), the year after he published the excellent Gruppenbild mit Dame (though probably my favorite is Ansichten eines Clowns, whence the above quote is taken). I have just re-read one of his better early novels, Billard um halbzehn (1959),(**) and am once again seduced by the many fine qualities of his prose.

Though
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Jennifer
Jan 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lapl, 1001-bymr
Some of the most beautiful writing ever in this book: "Don't encourage the frozen memory to thaw; such frost flowers would only turn into dull dirty water and run down the pane. Evoke nothing, never expect to bring back childhood's austerity of feeling in adult souls grown soft..."

Memory can be messy. What a father remembers may look completely different from how a son remembers it. This is especially true with a war thrown into the mix because suddenly the world stands on it's head and spins b
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Miss Ravi
Dec 14, 2015 Miss Ravi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان

فرم کتاب را میپسندم. تغییر زاویه دید و جابهجایی مُدام آن میان یک عالمه شخصیت که همهشان زندگی پر فراز و نشیبی هم داشتهاند. در واقع مشکلام با داستان است. درست که دارد به جنگ میپردازد اما خط داستانی مشخصی وجود ندارد و کُنشی اتفاق نمیافتد. همهچیز در گذشته اتفاق افتاده و تمام شده. شخصیتها زندگیشان را برای مُنشی یا پادوی هتل تعریف میکنند اما خواننده که منشی و پادوی هتل نیست که مجبور باشد به وراجی آنها گوش دهد بی آنکه بداند قرار است این خاطرات به کجا برسند! انرژی داستان در صد صفحهی ابتدایی فروکش میکند
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AC
Sep 21, 2012 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-german
This is a wonderful, wonderful book -- and it has made me a fan of Böll -- the writing is lovely, humane, a spirit of dignity...

I found the ending somewhat less satisfying, as there were too many loose threads, and so the missing star. But this remains a wonderful read, and the discovery for me of a magnificent voice.
Hadrian
Jul 15, 2013 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, fiction
Red-green, white-green, from the billiard balls new figurations emerged like so many signals. Then were swiftly scattered. Leaving naught behind. Music with no melody, painting without likeness, quadrilaterals, rectangles, rhombs, endlessly multiplied. Clicking billiard balls caroming from green cushions.

This is a wandering meditation in post-war Germany, through ruined abbeys and thought pleadings of and for the dead. It is wry and humorous at times, but a deeply sensitive book. It is about fam
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Steve
Sep 28, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A very hard book to rate (and at times read), but in the end I felt that Billiards at Half-Past Nine promised, or suggested, more than it could ever deliver. I have no idea whether Boll had admired or read Faulkner, but “Billiards,” both structurally, with its constantly changing voices, and thematically (National Sin), certainly reminded me of Absalom, Abasalom. But Faulkner hit a home run with his novel (one the greatest in American Literature), and Boll, with his attempt to reconcile the past ...more
Mary
Sep 07, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost missed an ultimately great experience with this book because the first pages did not seem to be repaying the effort. Unnecessarily esoteric, I thought.
But I gave it a rest, then plunged into the middle and, as in other cases, it became easy to like and impossible not to care about. It's a marvelous novel.
Rob Atkinson
Jul 24, 2011 Rob Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is one of the quintessential works of 20th C. German Literature, dealing as it does with the haunted legacy of Nazism, Germany's collective guilt in the post-war years, and the burden of memory, as reflected in the account of one German family, the Faehmels. Their history unfolds through the reminiscences of three generations, Grandfather, Father, and Son, all architects by trade; it eventually goes back as far as the old man's arrival in Cologne in 1907 and ends with the single, fate ...more
Yashar Yashmi
Jul 16, 2012 Yashar Yashmi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, review



*ستاره (از پنج ستاره): دو ستاره ی تمام*

یک کلاسیک مدرن. کلاسیک از آن جهت که شخصیت پردازی های آن واقعاً رنگ و بوی کارهای کلاسیک را به مشام می رساند و مدرن از آن جهت که روایت به شدت پیچیده و در هم تنیده، و زاویه ی دید پریشان و گریزپایی پی افکنده شده است.

فصل اول کتاب دقیقاً مصداق همین کلاسیک مدرن است. شخصیت پردازی ها همه سر جای خودشان است . شما اطلاعاتی را به دست می آورید که شاید واقعاً تا به آخر داستان به دردتان نخورد با این حال همین اطلاعات به درد نخور است که خواننده را به کاراکترهای کتاب نزدیک م
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Three generations of Germans, two world wars, a lot of deaths, destruction and guilt in between. That's a good way of summarizing this book.

Central character is Robert Faehmel. Strongly antiwar, hated the guts of Germany's militaristic leaders during both world wars yet, due to circumstances of self-preservation, became a commander of retreating German forces [mainly due to his expertise in blowing things up:] during the waning days of the second war and was responsible for the senseless demolit
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Amir
یک اتفاق از داستان -اتفاقات داستان مدام یادآوری میشوند- هذیانگویی کودکی در حال مرگ است. این هذیان در شخصیتهای دیگر و حتی در ساختار روایی داستان هم به چشم میخورد؛ مونولوگهای بلند با پرشهای زمانی چند ساله و تکرار یک مفهوم از یک طرف و از طرف دیگر در هم تنیده شدن راویان تا آنجا که در یک پاراگراف روایت از زبان یک یوهاناست و در پایان همان پاراگراف یوهانا به یوهانای دیگری تغییر میکند. راوی عوض میشود ولی روایت همان میماند.

بُل، مالیخولیای دورانی را که از جنگ اول آغاز شد، هرجا که توانسته نشان داده، آن که
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Jeremy
Mar 29, 2016 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Why letters?” Faehmel had said, “we don’t want to collect confessions here, do we?”


And Böll’s story is a fantastic collection of different confessions from different people to different people, including themselves. It is stylistically both playful and challenging. Sometimes, you get the impression that the characters are standing on a stage, and the light goes on one of them, and they speak to themselves, or to the others; but the ones in the dark don’t speak back, the one in the light speaks
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Maria
Dec 28, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klassiekers
Ongeveer een half jaar geleden heb ik dit boek gelezen er is dus helaas wel het nodige weggezakt in m’n herinnering. Maar wilde er graag toch nog wat over plaatsen. Het is zeker geen gemakkelijk boek en ik had bijna het bijltje erbij neergegooid. Het ontvouwt zich langzaam voor je en als je klaar bent, zou je zo weer opnieuw kunnen beginnen. En voor een goed begrip zou dat wellicht heel goed zijn!

De dramatische gebeurtenissen betreffen drie generaties Fühmel (allen architect) maar spelen zich al
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atefe
Jan 30, 2016 atefe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-to-read
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Bob
Sep 23, 2014 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it is tempting to generalize about all mid-20 century German writers struggling with their national disaster, I'll just note that much of Böll's first decade as a writer is focused on the Nazi rise to power and WWII (not until the political upheavals of the 70s does he firmly land on new ground).

From a pacifist family and having refused to join the Hitler Youth, Böll was nonetheless conscripted and saw war both at its most gruesome and as one alienated from the unifying ideology. This nov
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Jeff
Nov 29, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been almost a month (and seems much longer) since i finished reading this book. It has been sitting next to this keyboard ever since. I haven't discussed it with friends. I haven't been tempted to share my thoughts in any way. That's about as tepid a 4-star assessment as possible.

#1 of all #1s: completely disregard any blurbs to the effect of "The interruption of this routine by an old schoolmate and former Nazi who has become a power in German reconstruction triggers a conflict both abso
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Mommalibrarian
Not written/published until 1959, the story of two generations of Faehmel family and their reaction to war. Their view divides people into Lambs and those who partake of the 'Host of the Beast'. Host (name for the bread used in the Christian Eucharist ceremony, Jesus physically present with man) and the Beast (in the Christian Bible, book of Revelations, Satan, the devil or the entity that blasphemes God). They consider themselves in the camp of the lambs. They are offended by the faces of the p ...more
Morgiana
Sep 14, 2012 Morgiana rated it liked it
Shelves: classical, german
ich würde lieber 3.5 Sterne geben.
Sieht so auss ich muss mich wieder an den guten alten klassischen deutschen Romanen gewöhnen - war ziemlich interessant, aber irgendwie war es ein bisschen langweilig, konnte eigentlich keine Konnnektion zu Characters und Geschichte aufbauen.
Vielleicht ein anderes Roman (auf mein Tisch ist 'Wanderer kommst Du nach Spa...) werde ich ein bisschen mehr geniessen.
(und jetzt erinnere ich mich warum ich die deutschen Realisten wie Fontane gehasst habe...;)
Stacey
Jul 18, 2013 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a perfect book: sad but magnificent. It makes you think about the way history goes, and about people who are just nothing in the timeline. This story teaches us how it's important to know who you are and how it's important to do what you want to do not looking at the society's opinion. The history of the country within the history of the family. Perfect.
Kate
Apr 25, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is among the best books I have read, and reread, many times. Heinrich Boll was a thoughtful, anxious writer, who saw much, and I wonder how much of what he saw and felt he didn't tell (this in the face of some very honest, sometimes damning books. I just believe there was more).
Behnam Rezaeian
Feb 09, 2016 Behnam Rezaeian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بیلیارد در ساعت نه و نیم کتاب بسیار خوبیست. داستان روان و خوبی دارد که به شیوهای کمی متفاوت و بسیار خلاقانه روایت شده است، داستانش در زمان و مکان مهم و جذابی (آلمان نیمهی اول قرن بیستم) رخ میدهد و از همهی اینها مهمتر دربرگیرندهی بعضی از مهمترین خصلتهای انسانیست.
از هاینریش بل تجربهی خواندن عقاید یک دلقک را هم دارم اما "بیلیارد در..." را بسیار بیشتر پسندیدم.
(ادامهی این متن ممکن است کمی از داستان را لو دهد.)
برای من بیشتر کتاب در این جمله خلاصه میشود: آنها سوگند خوردهاند هرگز سر سفرهی گرگ ننشینند
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Ashkan
Dec 08, 2014 Ashkan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حواست جمع باشد، پسر جان، هر جا از مزرعهها دود بلند شد و جنگلها پژمردند، بدان که در آنجا نان و نمک گرگ کالایی است متبرک و مقدس

سخنان یوهانا کیلب در آسایشگاه روانی دنکلینگن، برگردان کیکاووس جهانداری، از صفحهٔ چاپ دوم نشر ماهی
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Greg Fanoe
Nov 19, 2014 Greg Fanoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-prize
Nobel Prize Project
Year: 1972
Winner: Heinrich Böll

Review: There were passages in here that were very beautiful, and the characterization and structure were really good. The book was simply too didactic for my taste. Still, well written enough that Mr. Böll jumps right on to my (long) list of authors to check out more of.

Verdict: Heinrich Böll was the first true post-war German writer to win the Nobel. The Nobel's press release seems to imply that he won the award not primarily for this book or
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Ali Heidari
Nov 27, 2014 Ali Heidari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ر این کتاب سه نسل از خانواده فهمل مورد بررسی قرار می گیرند پدربزرگی که با ساختن کلیسایی به شهرت می رسد پسری که کلیسا را منفجر می کند و نوه ای که در حال بازسازی همان کلیساست . هر کدام از آنها انگیزه خاص خود را دارند ، انگیزه فردی در دوران قبل از جنگ ، در دوران جنگ و در دوران پس از جنگ ....نمادی از جنگ و مذهب در زندگی مردم

قهرمان داستان ما هر روز ساعت نه و نیم تا 11 در هتل بیلیارد بازی می کند هر چند هدف او بازی نیست هدف او دنبال کردن حرکت توپها و نظم و قانون و یک روند منظم و یاداوری اتفاقات گذشته ا
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Becky
Jun 23, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billiards at Half Past Nine is a creeper. Robert Faehmel's family was torn apart by the Nazis during World War II, yet as a trained architect he became part of am infrastructure destruction crew, slashing and burning history and homes in front of the advancing Allies. Since the war he has relied on a strict daily regimen to regain control of his life, until this regimen is broken and he is forced to confront the darkest event of his past.

The characters in this novel are beautifully drawn, real a
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Chris Chapman
Oct 18, 2015 Chris Chapman rated it it was amazing
Böll wants to get a very strong moral message across and that is very upfront. At times it can feel like you are being lectured to. But in the end, the force of that message, the story and the characters prevail. I was so overwhelmed by the different themes and ideas that I ended up drawing a mind map of them to be able to get it straight in my head. Some scences - like when a man who was arrested by the Nazis explains to his persecutor many years later why it's OK to ask the waiter to pack up y ...more
Atena
Jun 24, 2016 Atena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
بی جهت نبایدخاطره ای راکه منجمدشده وادار به ذوب شدن کرد،در آن صورت این تکه های یخ تبدیل به آب کثیف ولزجی می شود و می چکد. هیچ چیز را نباید زنده کرد،از ذهن نرم و نازک شده ی آدم بالغ نباید خواست که شدت و حدت احساسات کودکانه را دوباره احیا کند و به تجربه دربیاورد، و مثلا نباید به یاد آورد که او حالا چیزی هم می گیرد،احتیاط! زبان را در این مورد نباید به کار انداخت.

هیچ خوب نیست که آدم فرمول ها را از قید انجماد آزاد کند، رازها را در قالب کلمات بریزد.تبدیل خاطره به عاطفه و احساس کار مفیدی نیست، عاطفه نم
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Lee
Read half of it in 2005, got distracted, and never returned. Need to re-read and finish. Real good.
Marisa Fernandes
Da leitura de "Bilhar às Nove e Meia", publicada pela primeira vez em 1959 e transformada no filme "Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvC-J... ) em 1965, fiquei com uma sensação estranha de confusão e, num certo sentido, de incompreensão. Embora, a obra pertença a um autor que ganhou o Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 1972, Heinrich Böll, e a temática seja complexa na medida certa para ser interessante, a verdade é que, ao contrário de "A ...more
Nicola
Jan 19, 2016 Nicola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
2 1/2 stars

This was a very confusing novel due to the changing narrator. It may possibly have been made worse by the copy that I had. It was an epub and not of very high quality. There was no notification between narrator transitions and I found it rather confusing. Especially as the narrators all mostly sounded the same and I had to work things out based on verbal clues as to who they were.

Other than that I'm not sure what the whole point of the book was. It was obviously anti-war and anti-fac
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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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