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The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
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Dec 29, 08

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Read in May, 2006

I read this book for the second time because I love it so much and because I wanted to study the way the author fashions sentences for the benefit of my own writing. He is a master of the active voice, the unreliable narrator and (in my opinion) magic realism. You can just get lost in the writing--during some passages I get the sensation of frosting being spread on a cake.

It reminds me in some ways of Lolita, another example of beautiful writing and great desperate, doomed emotion. (Also both are written after the fact from the vantage point of a locked white room.)

Gunter Grass is a German who lived through World War II, and his main character Oskar gives us a unique and fascinating account of one (slightly off-kilter) person's slightly surreal experience of that war from the German perspective. I highly recommend the translation by Ralph Manheim.
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message 1: by Tyler (last edited Aug 19, 2008 11:38AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tyler You can just get lost in the writing--during some passages I get the sensation of frosting being spread on a cake.

For people who like the book, this is the best description of the effect it has on readers.



message 2: by Ally (new)

Ally The brand new group - Bright Young Things - is nominating books to read in January & The Tin Drum is among them. Its the perfect place to discuss your favourite books and authors from the early 20th Century, why not take a look...

http://www.goodreads.com/group/invite...


Juanita Rice For people who hated the book, the comparison with "Lolita" is perfect: amoral self-indulgence of the Great Male Narcissists.


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