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Die Mitte der Welt

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Der siebzehnjährige Phil ist auf der Suche. So wenig er über seine Vergangenheit weiß, so chaotisch ist seine Gegenwart. Da ist zum Beispiel seine Mutter Glass mit ihren ständig wechselnden Liebhabern. Oder seine Zwillingsschwester Dianne, schroff und eigenwillig, mit Geheimnissen, die sie längst nicht mehr mit Phil teilt. Oder Annie, die verrückte Alte mit den roten Schuh ...more
Paperback, 459 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt (first published 1998)
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Tamer Lorika
Jul 20, 2009 Tamer Lorika rated it it was amazing
You know what? I didn't love it. I didn't even like it. I hated the constant flashbacks, I hated waiting in fear for what was going to happen in the REAL story, and then having the whole premise of "before the flashback" completely forgotten. But at the same time, this book HAS to be read. There is something so ... true. So undervalued and true about this book. This is real. This is life. The author just reflects a life in progress in a way that completely and perfectly details everyone else's l ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Katharina rated it it was amazing
Liebe Mitte der Welt,

wie geduldig du auf mich gewartet hast! Ich habe dich mit 15 Jahren geschenkt bekommen, und direkt warst du eins von diesen seltenen Büchern, bei denen man ohne auch nur eine Seite zu lesen weiß, das man sie lieben wird.

Warum habe ich also 15 Jahre gewartet, bis ich dieses Wissen endlich bestätigt habe? Ich weiß es nicht. Aber nun endlich war der Moment gekommen, und ich habe jede Minute mit dir geliebt.
Du warst genau so toll wie ich es immer vermutet habe, und hast meine
This is by far the best YA novel on homosexuality I have read so far. While Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the loud version of this topic, The Center of the World is the quiet version - and in my opinion also the better one. I'm usually not much touched by homosexual relationships but here I felt with Phil so much.
The story makes slow progress: the actual story is frequently interrupted by flashbacks to past occurrences that have an influence on what is happening later. Secrets from the past are
Jan 16, 2015 Andreas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch war einfach perfekt. *__* Und das Ende war auch klasse!
Anastasia Antonova
Mar 04, 2016 Anastasia Antonova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
/получилось сумбурно, но из-за боязни выдать кучу спойлеров, пришлось писать обобщенно и не подробно/

Середина світу – нетипичная книга на тему ЛГБТ. Особенно учитывая факт, что написана она была в конце девяностых. Кстати, это была причина, по которой я даже боялась её читать. Вдруг будет скучно? Вдруг не раскроют персонажей? Но нет, я ошиблась, причём сильно. Коротко говоря: я в восторге.
Прекрасным оказалось все: персонажи, атмосфера, язык повествования, перевод, иллюстрации, поднятые проблемы
Jacoline Maes
Feb 03, 2016 Jacoline Maes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, ya-na
Deze recensie verscheen eerder op

Er zijn weinig boeken waarbij ik moeite heb om een recensie te schrijven omdat het lastig is de juiste woorden te vinden die recht doen aan het boek. Het midden van de wereld van Andreas Steinhöfel was zo’n boek voor mij. De zeventienjarige Phil is de verteller en door zijn ogen zien we de wereld waarin hij opgroeit. Samen met zijn excentrieke moeder Glass en tweelingzus Dianne woont hij in het landhuis Visible aan de rand van de stad. De men
Jul 10, 2013 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Diesen Jugendroman kann man ohne Frage als "leise" und zart bezeichnen, sowohl durch die wunderbare Sprache als auch von den Familiengeschichten her, die gewoben werden. Nichts in der Story ist spektakulär, aber mit soviel Liebe und Hingabe wird über das Anderssein, Erwachsenwerden, Homosexualität, Familie, Liebe, Freundschaft und Courage erzählt, dass es die reine Freude ist. Jeder einzelne Charakter von den Hauptfiguren bis zu den kleinen Nebendarstellern ist derartig vielschichtig, realistisc ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Inga rated it it was amazing
re-read, 10.1.2015:
Als Audiobook, großartig gelesen von Rufus Beck, begeistert mich Die Mitte der Welt erneut. Homosexualität ist für Jugendliche ein schweres Thema und Phil ist fraglos anders, aber er sucht wie jeder andere Teenager nach der Liebe, nach dem Sinn, nach sich selbst. Seine Familie ist ebenfalls anders, andere Menschen verachten das Lebensmodell seiner Mutter, aber auch dabei stellt sich die Frage, wie viele Kinder und Jugendliche tatsächlich noch in klassischen Familienkonstellat
Mar 17, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
I was hooked to this story from the first page. The writing style is bold, yet detailed. It's extremely deep too.
This story is about 17-year-old Phil, who is a misfit in his own town due to his mother's bad reputation. Right at the beginning of the book we are pulled into a strange and mysterious world, full of the ghosts of Phil's past. His only friend is Kat, who shares her boy troubles with him while he mopes about his non-existent ones. Phil's family has never been close; his mother, Glass,
Jun 09, 2015 Anika rated it it was amazing
Die Mitte der Welt (Centre of my World) is my all time favourite book. This was the 10th time I read it and I still love it with all of my heart. It is so beautifully written, and it's magical even though it's not a fantasy book. I don't know why but I could just read some fantasy between the lines. I like Steinhöfel's style, I like the cute little poetic and philosophic lines, I love every single character. God, I want to make a movie based on this book. That sounds naive and stupid but when I ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Kayley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kayley by: Bodine
Shelves: favorites, buddy-read
This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the characters, the setting (and especially Visible, I kind of want to live there now), the story and the writing style.
Bo recommended it to me because it's about a gay boy without really being about him being gay, it's not a coming-out story, which I've gotten really tired of. This book is so wonderful because it could be about anyone, Phil's being gay is only a small aspect of it, and he was a nice character even aside from being gay. Y'know, the way I like
Jun 14, 2016 Oksana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Про цю книгу я дізналась зовсім випадково. На якомусь з російських форумів підлітки обговорювали українську круту книжку. Писали, що навіть українську почали вчити, щоб її прочитати, адже у них у Росії "така література" не буде видаватись. Мені стало цікаво, що то за "така література". Отже, на Книжному Арсеналі'16, це була чи не найперша книжка, яку я ухопила. А до цього прочитала про неї купу-купу рецензій і топів. Читаючи, була упереджена потоком інформації про твір. Тож - почнемо.

Я багато чи
Apr 03, 2016 Bodine rated it it was amazing
this book stole my heart
Mar 10, 2016 Nandalicios rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books

Procrastination, du süße Versuchung
Während ich hier Zeile um Zeile schreibe, sollte ich eigentlich Zeile um Zeile meiner Bachelorarbeit schreiben. Yay me!

Ich möchte euch dieses Buch aber nicht vorenthalten. Ich habe es Weihnachten 2014 von meiner lieben Freundin und Buchclub- Schwester Kati geschenkt bekommen. Ich glaube ich bin mit den falschen Erwartungen an das Buch ran gegangen, denn viele meiner Goodreads Freunde hatten es gelesen und hoch gelobt und ich war dann sehr beeinflusst und hab
Phil is a young boy who slowly comes to grips with the world around him. He is also an outstanding character in a well thought out novel that speaks about life, love, loss, betrayal and truth. Phil grows up with his twin sister in an old architectural mystery of a home called Visible. His mother is a mix of strength, confusion, independence and hope, who teaches her children not to care about what the Little People on the other side of town think of them. And for the most part, people think they ...more
If you never had a chance to dive into a story of surreal family structures - here you go...

Andreas Steinhöfel's The Center of the World tells the story of seventeen-year-old Phil, who lives with his twin sister, Dianne, and mother, Glass, in an old castle in a small German town. The father he has never met and knows little to nothing about remains in America. Glass' promiscuous sexual behavior makes the children targets of the neighborhood bullies' taunts and jeers and relegates them to the rol
Oct 03, 2013 Nessi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Warning: Spoilers!!

honestly? i picked this book up only because of the fact that the main characters name is Phil (i love that name) and 'cause he is gay and gets together with a guy called Nicholas (another name i love since CON) but thats not the reason i actually finished such a thick book in three days.

normally i am not interested in these kinda fictions but i found myself liking it. even the parts which werent about the love relationship. the mystery behind his sister and his mother, the we
Aug 05, 2011 CVM rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Hat mir wahnsinnig gut gefallen, so soll (deutsche) Jugendliteratur aussehen. Liest sich ganz leicht so weg, ist aber eben nicht seicht und brav. Phils Homosexualität wird nicht unnötig aufgebauscht, ist aber trotzdem einer der Hauptbestandteile des Konflikts. Und der Rest der Charaktere wirkt unglaublich echt. Die Dialoge auch. Vor allem Phils Kindheitserinnerungen sind brilliant geschrieben - chapeau, Herr Steinhöfel. Einer der besten Jugendromane, der mir je über den Weg gelaufen ist - absolu ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Marie-Thérèse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
This actually is the best book I've ever read so far. To me it is quite atmospheric and quietly deals with issues not only concerning homosexuality but also coming of age in general. I read it several times and always found something new to relate to.
I was - again and again - astonished by the mostly saddening events being put into an particularly soothing environment.
Aug 13, 2015 Hanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wieso war das so schnell zu Ende?!
Oksana Denysenko
Jul 04, 2016 Oksana Denysenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Пишу відгук на цю книгу вже вдруге. Першого разу забула про сторінку і виключила комп'ютер, пам'ятаю, що там було щось про 16+ і все. Минуло вже більше місяця з того дня, коли я дочитала «Середину світу». Не можу сказати, що враження мене не покидали весь цей час. Чесно кажучи, з усіх персонажів я пам'ятаю ім'я лише головного героя - Філ. А ще пам'ятаю ту сумну, меланхолійну і таку по-справжньому підліткову атмосферу.

Головний герой разом із сестрою-близнючкою та матір'ю живуть в маленькому світ
Becky Ray Tonks
I liked this book even more than the first time I read it about 2 years ago!

In the beginning, it seemed a bit boring and cheesy because of the protagonist's passivity and the many metaphors, but it gets better, especially in the end. The description of the house "Visible" and the nature, combined with a lot of figurative language, creates a mythical atmosphere. Phil's and Dianne's childhood is hard - due to their mother's bad reputation they have the status of outsiders and "Witch-children" - bu
Feb 11, 2016 Rowie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rowie by: Odette Knappers
Woordenkunst, dat is de enige manier om de prachtig geschapen zinnen te omschrijven. Ik lees het liefste geen Nederlandse vertaling, omdat ik die van het Engels naar het Nederlands vaak krom vertaald vind. Dat was niet het geval met deze vertaling uit het Duits. Wat een prachtige metaforen, zinnen en beschrijvingen. Het boek was poëtisch zonder dat het afgezaagd werd.

Is dit ook een goed boek? Daar kom ik niet helemaal uit. Een goede schrijver weet alle gebeurtenissen en zinnen aan elkaar te bre
Feb 01, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not perfect, but I think that it is a good book that needs to be read nonetheless. I loved the main character, Phil; he felt so real and I was concerned about him and wanted to know all about his life. There were times that I wished he was real just so I could wrap my arms around him and let him know that it would all work out. He was the highlight of this story; him and his messed up life. I think that the events in this book were interesting (for the most part) and probably most ...more
Alex  Jimenez
It doesn't quite suffice to say that THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is my favourite book; I'd like to say something more powerful. However, it is my favourite book and that is the simplest way to put it.

It's a coming of age novel, really, and the main character is gay. But his sexuality isn't the main focus of the book, and that normalises homosexuality. One can be gay and not have ot be the main focus of their life. When I read this book, I was having the customary sexuality crisis. This book played
Dec 08, 2012 Zenia rated it really liked it
Initially, this was gonna get 3 stars. And I wasn't even going to finish the book.
But I didn't give up and charged through till the end.

I realised that this is a kind of story that you need to be patient with. You need to really understand that even though it is not exciting and not many things are happening, it is still very important.
This book is about loving, loosing, giving, taking, finding out who you are and finding your place in the world. It is about family, friends, trust and betrayal
Aug 13, 2016 Marijke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lemniscaat
Wat een machtig mooi boek, de kille personages, het kille landschap maar die warme woorden om de levenslessen te beschrijven maken dat je dit verhaal nog eens moet overdenken en heerlijk van kunt nagenieten. Zit ook technisch goed in elkaar met wisselende sprongen in de tijd.
Gordon Sawyer
Jan 26, 2015 Gordon Sawyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jul 10, 2014 Brenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a long book. Like in the sense it goes on in passages for certain chapters that it did not need to. There were chunks in the book I just skipped because I could care less. Also the storyline is so rocky, I'm surprised the book didn't come with a warning label.

Warning: No events will be in order in this book! Ever! Nor will ages of characters be shared when scenes transition! Which happens every few pages!

What a shit show. OK so you went into this thinking YA gay fiction right? Set in Ger
Feb 27, 2016 Anni rated it it was ok
Nachdem der liebe Andi von brividolibro auf YouTube das Buch in seinen Jahreshighlights vorgstellt hat (Platz 1) fand ich es umso cooler, dass ich das Buch für den Deutschunterricht lesen musste/durfte. An sich hat mir das Buch gut gefallen, da es eine etwas ruhigere zugleich aber auch eine sehr realistische Handlung hatte. Eigl. hätte das Buch dann 3 Sterne bekommen es sind jetzt allerdings nur noch 2,5 denn: dieser Schreibstil! Schriftgröße 5 (ne ohne Spaß jetzt aber die Schrift ist wirklich w ...more
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Born in 1962 in Battenberg, Germany, Steinhöfel now works as a translator and reviewer and writes screenplays. First and foremost, though, he is the other of numerous children's and young adult books awarded with various literature prizes. His bestseller "The Center of the World" had been nominated for the well-known and prestigious Germand Youth Literature Prize and has been published in numerous ...more
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“Das habe ich nie vergessen. Dass man liebt, um die Kälte zu vergessen und den Winter zu vertreiben.” 10 likes
“Kinder sind Wachs in den Händen der Welt. Offene Bücher mit leeren Seiten, die von uns Erwachsenen beschrieben werden. Was in den ersten Kapiteln steht, kriegst du den Rest deines Lebens nicht mehr aus der Wäsche. [...] Dort schrieb sie ins uns: Seid stark und wehrt euch. Wer euch verletzt, dem tut doppelt weh oder geht aus dem Weg, aber lasst euch nie vorschreiben, wie ihr zu leben habt. Ich liebe euch wie ihr seid.” 1 likes
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