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Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann
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Dec 23, 08

bookshelves: fiction, re-reading-the-classics

A staple of high school English classes (which is where I read it long ago), it's easy to see why--the Greek mythological references alone would probably lead to at least some interesting discussions. At first, being used to the spare language of contemporary writing, I was put off by the florid prose, but I soon got used to it.

This story of a self-centered and overly disciplined esthete who surrenders to his Dionysian impulses and inevitable death, while a bit melodramatic, held my interest. The best part of the writing to me was the ominous tone which crept in and grew to dominate every thought and action.

Worth re-reading? I don't remember what I thought 40 years ago, although I do remember liking Mann's "The Magic Mountain" a lot. Parts of "Death in Venice" were quite good, particularly as it moved quickly to its climax. So--a qualified yes, especially if your interests include Greek myths.

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