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The Bird Is a Raven

3.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  267 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Henry and Paul are strangers when they find themselves sharing a sleeping compartment on a night train from Munich to Berlin. When they begin to talk, their stories appear to be variations on the same theme: young guys adrift in the big city, relationships gone wrong, broken hearts. Henry is running away from a triangle of friendship gone sour; Paul is running away too, bu ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ronja
Feb 26, 2011 Ronja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ich finde Benjamin Leberts Schreibstil wirklich interessant, der Grund weshalb ich diesem Buch jedoch nur 2 Sterne gegeben habe ist, dass er obwohl er versucht hat poetisch und philosphisch die Konflikte unserer Geselschaft wiederzugeben, nur eine sehr einseitige Sicht darstellt.
Die Kritik an der Gesellschaft ist sehr oberflächlich und klischeehaft. In diesem Buch muss man ernsthafte Probleme haben (Fettsucht, Magersucht, diverse Persönlichkeitsstörungen) um das
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Riccardo
Mar 16, 2015 Riccardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul e Henry. Due ragazzi che si trovano a viaggiare assieme, di notte, a bordo di un treno diretto a Berlino. Entrambi hanno il proprio bagaglio e non parlo solamente dei bagagli che si possono vedere e portare materialmente. Henry è in fuga da Jens, un amico ormai disperato e intenzionato a farla finita portandosi dietro anche altre persone. Henry è diretto a Berlino dove starà, per un periodo di tempo indeterminato e indefinito, a casa di un'amica della madre, la quale ha un negozio di fiori ...more
Eccentrika
Ci sono quei libri che riescono ad assolvere il loro compito di intrattenere il lettore per qualche ora in maniera non spiacevole, ma una volta chiusi non lasciano molto. E' il caso di questo romanzo breve: poco più che un centinaio di pagine per una storia che si legge bene ma che le manca qualcosa per poter aspirare a qualcosa di più. Senza infamia e senza lode mi verrebbe da dire, una sufficienza stiracchiata che non entusiasma, ma neanche da bocciare. Punto di forza che incuriosisce è sicura ...more
Jessica
Dec 01, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can I give this zero stars? I received this one for free from a publisher's mailing list. There is no way I would have chosen this book otherwise, let alone read it - I think I only stuck with it because I wanted to be able to tell people about how comically bad it is. The book is about two young strangers who meet on a long train ride; the narrator of the story actually spends most of the novel listening as his traveling companion tells an elaborate story-within-the-story about the reasons he i ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com].)

Many of CCLaP's German readers will of course already be familiar with author Benjamin Lebert; he's a German as well, after all, whose previous novel Crazy was a big cult hit over there in the early 2000s, back when Lebert himself was barely more than a kid. And now we come to his second "novel," a tiny little volume called The Bird Is a Raven which in actuality is more like a novella than anything else. A slim
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Erica
Jun 13, 2016 Erica rated it liked it
I didn't *like* reading this book, but I'm glad I did.
Probably good additional reading for women's studies classes. The characters are thoroughly disturbed individuals, and it's really interesting to hear a very stark and open discussion of rape, possession, sexism, and murder from the perpetrators point of view.
Nicole M.
What: Two young men meet in a sleeper cab and tell eachother their stories, which prove to be quite off the wall.

So?: This book is very brief (you'll probably finish in one sitting), but it's oddly interesting. Crazy, even. I won't say anything that ruins it, but you really don't find out what it's all about until the final page.
Lisa
Jul 08, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Hauptereignis: Treffen zweier Unbekannter
Erzählen der teils sehr intimen Hauptgeschichte
unglaubwürdig, da FREMDE!
- Perspektive teils kompliziert: Wer sagt was? Wer war wer?
- Hauptgeschichte recht belanglos
- Nebengeschichte spannender, aber unglaubwürdig
- Ende überraschend, aber sehr (!) unglaubwürdig
- viel Lebensphilosophie dazu unpassend knackige Story

+ schnell durchgelesen, da einfache Sprache
+ phasenweise spannend, da überraschende Umschwünge
+ unerwartete Veränderungen der Charaktere

-&g
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Soobie's heartbroken
Ho adorato questo libro soprattutto per il finale.

Ne regalai una copia alla mia migliore amica per il suo compleanno, perché volevo condividere con lei la bellezza di questo libro. A lei non è piaciuto. E l'anno dopo ho scoperto il libro, con il suo nome, sugli scaffali della biblioteca del nostro paese. Da allora il criterio per i suoi regali è cambiato. Non più condividere cose che sono piaciute a me, ma vestiti/oggetti/libri che io non avrei mai indossato/usato/letto. E da allora ha funzionat
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Kae Cheatham
Jan 22, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it it was ok
In this first-person Novella, protagonist Paul shares a sleeper car on the train with Henry, who talks talks talks. So we get Henry's story in this second-hand storytelling. Occasional forays into Paul's mind shows he is troubled by something he's returning to. In the end, Paul's problems are revealed, leaving Henry gaping.
In all it seemed a sophomoric device such as found in beginner creative writing classes. Not really original, just reproduced in a 21st century style (lots of sex and graphic
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Sona
Jan 30, 2016 Sona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Der Autor versucht sehr poetisch die Probleme in unserer Gesellschaft anzusprechen. Allerdings war die Geschichte so abgedreht, dass ich mich nicht ganz darauf konzentrieren konnte. Dennoch guter Lesefluss. Unerwartetes Ende.
Viva
Jul 25, 2010 Viva rated it liked it
Mladeniča Henry in Paul se srečata na spalniku iz Muenchna v Berlin. Prvi na dolgo in široko razpreda o dogajanju, ki ga je pregnalo na pot, drugi je bolj molčeč tip. Kaj ga muči, razkrije šele konec knjige. Ker je kratka, jo je bilo vredno prebrati ravno zaradi konca.
Grace Elayne Garber
Jun 24, 2011 Grace Elayne Garber rated it really liked it
Definite twist ending. I really liked reading this, and Mr. Lebert made an effort to keep me enticed throughout the novel. A friend also read it afterwards and she quite enjoyed it!

I got this book from the free books bookshelf at my school.
Hannes Schauer
Ein unerwartetes Ende macht noch kein gutes Buch. Über den Großteil der Geschichte banal und wild zusammenkomponiert. Einzig die Erzählstruktur ist interessant, da fast die gesamte Handlung aus der Perspektive des Bahnabteilgenossen erzählt wird.
Kate
Aug 27, 2007 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006, age-ya
I wasn't so crazy about his first book, but this one was pretty interesting.
Lisa
Jul 26, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5* A good ending but the rest of the book was not all that good.
Sam
Jun 21, 2008 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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