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The Box by Günter Grass
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Oct 10, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, memoir
Read from October 10 to 14, 2011

This was a lot more interesting than The Flounder which, for all its heft, believe me,
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 their family friend, a photographer, who possesses the aforesaid magic camera. The book has a nebulous quality between imagination and reality, and at the end Grass admits to his children -yes he has been telling them all fairy tales all along, "but they were your fairy tales." Charming, in that lugubrious manner that is only Grass's.
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