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The Torch in My Ear (The Memoir Trilogy #2)

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The Torch in My Ear is the account of Canetti's young manhood, of his arrival in Vienna in the early 1920s, of his schooling, and of the beginning of his life as a writer.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Granta Books (UK) (first published 1980)
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M. Sarki
Feb 21, 2014 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great segment in the trilogy. It was rewarding to read as Canetti matured. The next, and last book, should be a knockout as he becomes the writer he has worked so hard to be. This was a man who read everything he possibly could and his self-study was remarkable in its expansive ideal.
Lorenzo Berardi
Oct 11, 2013 Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it
Well, I've to confess that my expectations for 'The Torch in My Ear' were not that high upon having been struck by the mesmerizing (if slightly self-referential) beauty of the first volume of Canetti's autobiography, 'The Tongue Set Free'.

This was essentially my problem as I do prefer memoirs dealing with childhood years and focusing on other characters than the protagonist himself.

In fact, this book took a little longer than the first one to catch my attention as I've found the first pages abou
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Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Dec 23, 2013 Juan Manuel Charry Urueña rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Toda una vida dedicada a una obra, una aventura intelectual única e independiente. Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: La enorme diversidad de tipos humanos que siempre ha existido. Dejando de lado solamente a los filósofos: Platón y Aristóteles, salvo éstos, leí casi todo. Decidir si uno se resigna a aceptar dócilmente la muerte o se rebela contra ella. Una manifestación contra el asesinato de Rathenau me proporcionó mi primera experiencia con la masa. Solo encuentro digno de escenificarse ...more
Mcruz
Oct 06, 2013 Mcruz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Después de leer con mucho interés y casi diría fascinación la lengua absuelta, me enfrenté a la lectura del segundo volumen de la autobiografía de Canetti con mucha ilusión. sin embargo este volumen no ha conseguido provocar en mí el mismo efecto que el primero. No es que esté peor escrito ni mucho menos sino que simplemente el autor protagonista ha dejado atrás la inocencia y por ello el relato de su vida cambia radicalmente de punto de vista. Al contarnos su juventud reflexiona sobre muchas de ...more
Joyce
Feb 28, 2016 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Für jedes Buch, aus dem du etwas Neues erfährst, brauchst du zehn andere, aus denen du noch mehr darüber erfährst". How true that is for this book, Die Fackel im Ohr! This is just a "short" list of all the artists, historians, actors, writers, etc. that Canetti mentions that I would like to read more about: Le Bon, social psychologist; Gericault, painter, Ibby Gordon, lyricist; Dschuang Dsi, philosopher; Wieland Herzfelde, publisher; Ludwig Hardt, actor, Jacob Burckhardt, historian; Isaac Babel ...more
Aaron Aoyume
Jan 28, 2016 Aaron Aoyume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is certainly richer and even more interesting than the first one, because of the ideas developed and also because of the images that Canetti uses to describe his first years as a writer and philosopher. Great book.
Lysergius
Sep 21, 2014 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The second part of Elias Canetti's autobiography which covers the Berlin visits and his return to Wien. I loved his description of Ibby and the meetings with Brecht.
Fabian Prieto
Dec 15, 2010 Fabian Prieto rated it really liked it
Lo compré en un aeropuerto de forma casi impulsiva. Quería un libro y ese fue el que escogí. Del aeropuerto salía a una serie de viajes por todo el país, y este libro siempre lo recordaré por su compañia. La juventud de Canetti me resultó interesante y me invitó a hacer cosas que siempre pensé hacer pero no las hice. Su idea del viaje a la montaña, su relación con Veza, su declaración de principios, todo eso ha retumbado en mi, particularmente en este momento de mi vida. No debo negar que es una ...more
Zöe Yu
Sep 20, 2012 Zöe Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a wonderful book. In second one of the three, we know more about his literary road, and as a whole picture in Berlin, I think it shaped his whole future. As he said, except my future, I've got nothing.

Second, he brings us attention to the discussion of collectivitism and death. It's a bridge leading us to the last book.

Wonderful.
Peter
Feb 26, 2011 Peter rated it it was ok
Middle part of a 3-part autobiography of a Noble Literature winner, The Torch in My Ear covers Canetti's years in Vienna which is why I skimmed it. This book will only be of interest to people who want to know more specifically about Canetti or those who are interested in the intellectual atmosphere of Vienna and Berlin in the 1920s.
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Linse Daugaard
Nov 15, 2012 Linse Daugaard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastisk efterfølger til første bind i Canettis erindringstriologi, Den reddede tunge. Det ødipale tema trænger sig stadig på, men løsrivelsesprocessen er påbegyndt.
Marina
Nov 24, 2014 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Seconda parte dell'autobiografia. A questo punto inizia a interessare solo per gli amanti di Canetti e/o della letteratura austriaca. Ma per questi è fondamentale.
Ryan
Jun 08, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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Need to read the rest of canetti's oeuvre. Crowds & Power and this - both perfect.
Martin
Apr 03, 2008 Martin is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight to cultural ongoing in Vienna!

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I read the italian version
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Awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature "for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power."

He studied in Vienna. Before World War II he moved with his wife Veza to England and stayed there for long time. Since late 1960s he lived in London and Zurich. In late 1980s he started to live in Zurich permanently. He died in 1994 in Zurich.

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