The Box: Tales from the Darkroom (Autobiografical Trilogy #2)
“Once upon a time there was a father who, because he had grown old, called together his sons and daughters—four, five, six, eight in number—and finally convinced them, after long hesitation, to do as he wished. Now they are sitting around a table and begin to talk . ..”
In an audacious literary experiment, Günter Grass writes in the voices of his eight children as they rec...more
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Besides my non-familiarity with Grass's ouvre, the foremost barrier I encountered was the style of this novel, related entirely anecdotally b ...more
Agfa introduced the six-by-nine format that was later picked up by Zeiss-Ikon's Tengor and Eho's so-called People's Camera. The Agfa box was the first camera bought by ordinary Germans, when its slogan Get more out of life ...more
Thus opens Günter Grass's venture into the genre of quasi-memoir. Imaginatively blending family chronicle with fairy tale, Grass moves constantly along the fine line between the real and the magical worlds. Taking the innovative approach of imagining his life being "critically assessed" from his children's perspectives, he is free to reveal some intimate insights into his private life, his work in progress, and his ...more
This book emphasizes the importance of dreams and wishes. The author wants the reader to learn that dreams and wishes can come true. I thought this was a very nice lesson and ...more
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How could it be Gunter Grass otherwise? The man has always had a knack for skillfully blending. The Box was advertised as a sequel to the earlier Peeling The Onion, which was more straight-on autobiography. This briefer volume is an altogether different creature.
That is not to say it lacks charm. Could it be Grass otherwise?
Here the maestro is examined thr ...more
Unfortunately, I didn't find their anecdotes very interesting. they refer a lot to his book about the flounder that i have wanted to read and picked up at times without getting very far. no longer sure i am interested in reading it.
Неизменно до него е Марихен със старат ...more
although I did read it, today I cannot remember what was even about, the plot, or even a significant character (beyond, The Flounder.) So that being said, THIS book is actually pretty interesting. A camera has been assigned magical powers- the ability to put to film the past, present, or future. Through the means of his children's reminiscing, Grass explores the wonderful relationships his family had with thei ...more
A cloud pusher. I like the way the English translator keeps the initial capitalized. Makes it a bit German.
I felt a bit old smell in it. When one turns old, one begins to sag into deep regression, in the past. And in children's mouths, it feels like a bit narcissistic. Günter is too old, he still writes for the past, as people expected to.
Another thing I feel a bit d ...more
Grass narra, tomando prestadas las voces, temores y deseos de sus hijo ...more
His prose is wonderful, but he can't seem to write different voices for his children. They all come out sounding the same.
Clever idea having the old Agfa box camera take pictures that show wishes and the potential future, but it led to a lot of asides and tan ...more
In this book eight children are asked by their father to tell about their past, their memories. It isn,t really bad and in some way nice, but I just kept reading to finish it and didn't feel any connection with the story.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. He always identified himself as a Kashubian.
He is best known for his first novel, "The Tin Drum" (1959) ...more