A book full of the last poems Christian Morgenstern has written, that has been published posthumously by his wife. This includes both poems that had n...moreA book full of the last poems Christian Morgenstern has written, that has been published posthumously by his wife. This includes both poems that had not been published before, but also poems that had already been published during Morgenstern's life, but that somehow fit to the theme of eternity.
The theme was one of the reasons I bought this book, another was that Morgenstern had interested me with his poem Fisches Nachtgesang. The poetry in this book was less visual, but definitely beautiful and interesting. I loved the metrum especially, it was just so nice to let the poems roll off your tongue.
Der Dichter schaut im Tod das Leben und im Lebendigen den Tod.
NEBEL AM WATTENMEER
Nebel, stiller Nebel über Meer und Land. Totenstill die Watten, totenstill der Strand. Trauer, leise Trauer deckt die Erde zu. Seele, liebe Seele, schweig und träum auch du.
Wie süss ist alles erste Kennenlernen! Du lebst so lange nur, als du entdeckst. Doch sei getrost: Unendlich ist der Text, und seine Melodie gesetzt aus - Sternen.
BILDER DER LIEBE
Durch der Bergnacht Sternenstunde möcht ich wie ein Adler streichen, über hundert schwarze Schlunde deines Herzens Herd erreichen,
möcht an dieses Herzens Flammen meine Flügel dann verbrennen und mich selber so verdammen, nimmer von dir heimzukönnen.
Doch, wie zum Gleichnis jener fernen Zukunft, steckt an das Licht im dunkelnden Gemach, und lasst bei seinem lieben, trauten Schein uns plaudern von dem Einst und Jetzt und Später. Und wenn Empfindung unser Aug verklärt, so spiegele in seinem feuchten Glanz das Traumbild sich der neuen, schönen Zeit.(less)
Words can't say how happy I am that I've finished reading this book. In a way, this book is not bad: Thomas Mann has quite a pleasant and interesting...moreWords can't say how happy I am that I've finished reading this book. In a way, this book is not bad: Thomas Mann has quite a pleasant and interesting writing style. Even in a stalker story like this, where a 50+ year old man follows a 14 year old boy around, you can't help but be taken in. This is why it started to freak me out. The story was creepy but part of you goes along with it. The other part of me wanted to cry and throw down the book, which is why I could only read a couple of pages at a time.
So, a fairly nicely written book, good narrative, horrible theme. Really gave me the shivers and an intense unclean feeling. In German I'd say it was really, really ekelhaft, and I'm sad I had to read it for uni or I could've spared myself this experience. (But because of the writing style, it still gets a 2 star rating.)(less)
I wasn't that fond of Berlin when I visited it for the first time, more or less 3 years ago now. The city felt very sad. I think that now I could unde...moreI wasn't that fond of Berlin when I visited it for the first time, more or less 3 years ago now. The city felt very sad. I think that now I could understand and appreciate the city better. I would like to go back, sometime soon.(less)
"Ehm.. okay" is what I thought for the most part of this book. I mean, it is Walter Moers, it is set in Zamonia, I expected the odd setting, so that w...more"Ehm.. okay" is what I thought for the most part of this book. I mean, it is Walter Moers, it is set in Zamonia, I expected the odd setting, so that wasn't it. What kind of bothered me in this book was the way the story was told.
The story is a rather familiar one, but with quite a few twists. Still, it's safe to say Ensel & Krete is a Zamonian retelling of Hansel & Gretel. Apparently, this retelling was not interesting enough in its own right, because there were all these passages where the writer, Hildegunst von Mythenmetz (whose work Mr. Moers has only translated, as you probably know), started talking about himself and attacking his arch enemy, a critic he hated. All fun and all.. but it happened too often, did not really relate to the plot about half of the time and just really disrupted the reading experience for me.
The book itself is still gorgeous: the work with the different fonts, the wonderful drawings, and just the writing style in general.. all very awesome. But then these "Mythenmetzische Abschweifungen".. thanks but no thanks.(less)
Do you love reading? Do you love fantasy worlds? And do you love books? In that case, this book is for you. It's the story of a dinosaur who goes to a...moreDo you love reading? Do you love fantasy worlds? And do you love books? In that case, this book is for you. It's the story of a dinosaur who goes to a city where everything, and I mean everything, has to do with books. The newspaper Die Welt has called this a love declaration for literature, and in that, the critic was quite correct. I'm a bit hestitant to talk about the book or its fantasy world, because I don't want to spoil anything! But in short: the city of Buchhaim is a city full of books, where everyone reads and where there are hundreds of book stores. Everyone hopes to find an old book, especially those from the golden list, who are worth a fortune. These books however are usually buried underground (about 90% of Buchhaim is underground) and so Book Hunters usually go underground to look for these books: which is not entirely without danger. There are many creatures down there, none that we know of from this world, and not to mention the feud between all Book Hunters, based on the fact that they're all greedy. Hildegunst von Mythenmetz (as he's called in German), our protagonist, is a dinosaur coming to this city with a perfect manuscript in hand. He's curious as to who's written it and is looking for answers. Little does he know, that the manuscript is more dangerous than it seems..
I must admit that the story in itself didn't really fascinate me, at least not to the same extent some other things did. It was a good story, but not what really captured my attention. What I loved most about this book, was the love for books and literature. There is love for the written word in every single sentence, every single word. The city of Buchhaim and its underground world were fascinating: both scary and really beautiful. I fell in love with both the Living Books and the Booklings, who are both wonderful creatures that I'd dearly love to have as companions. The story and the fantasy world are both good, but what carries this book is the love for everything readable. And consequently, I fell in love with the book too.
The writing is also amazing. I don't know about translations, but the original German is so gorgeous. I have an insane love for the German language and its clear sounds, the way it tastes in your mouth and the strength it possesses. And this, this.. was just exceptional German. I can understand easily now, why my Literature Professor declared this was good literature and recommended it to all of us. It's so much more than just a fantasy novel. This book really, really is amazing and I would recommend it to every single one of you.(less)