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Königliche Hoheit

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Deutscher Prinz trifft amerikanische Milliardärstochter. In diesem Roman zeigt sich Thomas Mann von einer heiteren Seite und schafft trotzdem ein ernsthaftes Sinnbild für die aufbrechende Moderne.
Paperback, 359 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Fischer (first published 1909)
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Claudiu D.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trebuie sa precizez inca de la inceput ca traducerea acestui roman este impecabila .
O traducere minunata! Germana lui Thomas Mann este grea inclusiv pentru germani pentru ca autorul are o bogatie a vocabularului iesita din comun (din punctul meu de vedere germana are o gramatica foarte usoara, dar diferenta este facuta de vocabular - un vocabular extrem de bogat, o limba unde polisemia este aproape inexista comparata cu intreg vocabularul), dar Isbasescu reuseste sa traduca past
This is a light romantic comedy - a timepiece capturing Germany at the turn of the 19th century. Supposedly illuminating that ripeness and death are necessary preconditions for rebirth. The book concludes with a short postscript that discusses the author's life, his works and the central themes of the book. I appreciated that it shows how events from the author’s life are drawn in the book.

I wasn't captured by the writing. I found it wordy and repetitive. Individuals are described with a phrase,
Jovi Ene
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Undeva pe coperta a patra se spune că ”Alteță regală este considerată una dintre cărțile mai simple ale lui Mann”, pe care Mircea Cărtărescu îl numea ca fiind unul dintre autorii ”grei” ai literaturii, într-o emisiune Garantat 100% (”nu oricine poate citi Thomas Mann după ce vine de la serviciu” - citat aproximativ).
Așa este, după ce Muntele vrăjit m-a cam chinuit în liceu, Alteță regală este mai mult decât digerabil, o poveste ca un basm despre o familie conducătoare a unui ducat german și felu
How Lovely! The book itself, sent through from TA - all party packaged and with a note. This story is a microcosm of the state of Europe just before WWI so imagine how this freudian slip by amazon had me chortling...

"'s to many happy bookish things and events in 1914"

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Translator: A. Cecil Curtis

Artillery salvos were fired when the various new-fangled means of communication in the capital spread the n
Carey Combe

A sharp satire of a dying monarchy with a wonderful portrayal of a loveless childhood. But I found his way to finding love (reading books on economics and getting to grips with the country's finances to impress his American heiress rather ludicrous). But the wonderful language and writing kept me hooked
Sonia Argiolas
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mann-thomas

Lessi Altezza reale per la prima volta a 18 anni durante una vacanza al mare. Tante cose sono cambiate da allora. Per esempio, ora non prendo più il sole, per dire. Però è, comunque, bellissimo riprendere in mano vecchi libri per rileggerli con nuovi occhi e, magari, scoprire che – a distanza di vent’anni e più – un libro amato possa rivelarsi deludente: non è questo il caso. Mann si rivela, ancora una volta, un grande autore in grado di leggere e descrivere un’epoca in caduta.

Per legge
Dieser Roman ist der geringfügigster von seinen Romane, aber vorzüglich erzählt. Wenn ich den Roman lese, weiß ich ohne wenn udn aber, daß früher und nicht solange her, eine deutsche Sprache gesprochen oder wenigstens geschrieben wurde, welche einen reichen Wortschatz besaß. Heutzutage sieht es (hört es9 ganz anders aus, wie jeder der in Deutschland lebt oder arbeitet unverkennbar zustimmen muss. Der durchschnitts Wortschatz ein Jungedlicher von heute kann kaum 1000 Wörter erreichen. Angemessen ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed reading this. It took me into the precious world of a pre First World War German dukedom -anarchic court customs and ceremonies at odds with the age. The delicate, bookish, non smiling and almost certainly gay(in the other sense of the word) prince inherits the Grand Dukedom. He delegates as many duties as decently possible to his younger brother who can smile, has a pretty girl friend but has a withered arm which he needs to hide, in the spirit of the court, but forgets to do so as he ...more
David Cain
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While RH is a story about a prince and his princess, it is completely absurd to call this novel a "fairy tale." RH is, at most, a modern telling of a chivalric romance, more along the lines of Zola and Lawrence than anything by the brother's Grimm. The work of an obviously young Mann, RH shows much of the style and depth of his later works. Beautiful and brilliant, Royal Highness rings with literary excellence.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This was his second novel. It presents a microcosm as a symptomatic of larger currents, as in THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN. But the narrative seems less universally relevant and less well formed as a narrative in itself.

Sometime in the early 20th century, before world wars change the face of the world, a southern German principality lurches into moribundity as its finances totter and its decaying monarchy clings on to the ceremonial prerogatives and duties of hereditary rulers. Young Prince Klaus Heinrich
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mann is always interesting, but this one seems almost frivolous for him. Our royal highness, who is more figurehead than person, meets a woman from the new world who challenges him to man up. He does, they marry, and the old world is invigorated with new blood and ambition. Elmore Leonard once said that he left out the parts that people skip, and that that was the key to his success. Mann doesn't leave out anything, but his greatest virtue and his greatest vice. I'm curious to reread Buddenbrook ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a nice, light Thomas Mann read. :) It would make for a lovely little rom-com with Keira Knightly and Colin Firth or something like that -- some great banter. But, true to Mann's form, there is interesting commentary on roles of state, etc. I like that the good people are truly good people. Like I said, "nice, light Thomas Mann read".
deea ene
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
i have realy enjoyed this book, it was an easy and heart warming read, shedding some light on the life of royalty but in a endearing manner and not sober or very serious.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't stomach this. Boring to death in its first pages. So much so that I didn't bother with the rest. Just couldn't.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable in an "I-know-exactly-what's-going-to-happen" way. Mann writes beautifully and I was captivated as ever by his page-long descriptions. A book to get lost in.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sevi Sönmez
Majesteleri Kral Klaus Heinrich'i sevmemek mümkün mü?
Vittorio Ducoli
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'antitesi ai Buddenbrook: una "quasi fiaba" che nega l'irreversibilità della crisi

Thomas Mann pubblica Altezza reale nel 1909, otto anni dopo I Buddenbrook: tra il grande romanzo dell'esordio e questa fiaba, come la definiscono molti critici, Mann pubblica solo racconti, tra i quali due grandi racconti: Tristano e Tonio Kröger. La distanza temporale e di produzione letteraria tra i due romanzi non è quindi molta, eppure mi pare di poter dire che poche volte si può notare in un autore una differ

Ho giudizi contrastanti su questo libro, sono stata contenta di averlo finito anziche' abbandonarlo come faccio di solito se il libro non mi prende dopo 100 pagine, pero' non sono sicura che mi abbia lasciato dentro molte emozioni.
Scritto senz'altro bene, pieno di (troppi) dettagli sulla vita di corte di una staterello tedesco ai primi del 1900, governato da un principe triste e solitario che delega pero' tutti gli impegni di corte al fratello "con gli zigomi del popolo" , il
Read this in the original German. Light reading, somewhat predictable plot, but thoroughly engaging. I enjoy Mann for his linguistic artistry as much as anything. His detailed descriptions and narrative digressions paint a vivid picture of the times.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
This delightful novel by Thomas Mann about a prince of a tiny European principality and the only daughter of an American millionaire falling in love is in my opinion usually underrated. That might have something to do with the perception of the serious literary icon and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann and his linguistically imposing novels like Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family or The Magic Mountain with their overwhelming atmosphere. However, Mann remains a master of the German language and ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Laut Thomas Mann hat dieses 1909 erschienene Buch lange Zeit "die Rolle des Aschenbroedels" im Werk des Autors gespielt. Will er damit sagen, dass es eines Prinzen harrt, der es fuer liebenswuerdig haelt und das ganze Land fuer seine durch Prinzenkuss verklaerten Schoenheiten gewinnen kann? Dann mag es weiter harren. Aber die Aussage trifft ganz gut auf die Romanhandlung zu, allerdings unter verkehrtem Geschlechtszeichen. Da vertritt ein junger, verarmter Prinz die Rolle des Aschenbroedels, waeh ...more
James (JD) Dittes
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly timely look at a bankrupt nation and an economy in crisis, Thomas Mann captures both the rigid European aristocracy and the burgeoning optimism of American re-emigres in this novel.

Mann sprinkles together elements of some of Germany's greatest 19th century writers in this tale: the fairy-tale magic of the Brothers Grimm runs just below the surface, the economic might of Marx looms.

And in His Royal Highness, Mann has created a character who lets us into the dilemmas faced by the ar
Erjon 7
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thomas Mann fans
This novel,it even does not sound like a Mann novel!I mean the happy ending(strange)rare is a happy ending in Thomas Mann novels!and it seem to me that it was quite different from all the major Mann universe.I mean in the ending with those quotes about love and life!It sounded to me like an G.G.Marquez not an Mann novel!anyway it was an elegant story in a realistic style,something strange in Mann novels because he is just to much modernist, existencial and universal in his way of writing,not jus ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like most everything Thomas Mann writes...but this fairy-tale plot was a bit over the top. You could call it the "Downton Abbey" of Germany. It is set at the end of the 19th century and tells the story of a prince born to a German state, perhaps Hessen. The state has not kept up with the times, the castles are crumbling. They have not invested in modern industry. The peasants are starving and cutting down the forests. Enter an American railroad/mining baron and his daughter who are disgruntled ...more
The story is about a German prince (son of the Grand Duke of a bankrupt country) falling in love with an immigrant billionaire's daughter, and of course facing the necessary hindrances to win her love... The book may be considered as an early 20th century version of Beauty and the Beast. I'm not quite sure whether I'd give 3 or 4 stars for this book... Eventhough the story is rather superficial and predictable, Thomas Mann's narrative is, as ever, worth more than 3 stars.
David Harris
May 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
One of Mann's earlier novels, it lacks a little polish, such as the over-long descriptions of rooms and furniture etc that don't really add to the story or the deeper meaning. Still an enjoyable story, but a bit simple and the underlying meaning in not so deeply hidden as in some of his heavier tomes.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A long fairy tale of a world about to be destroyed in the First World War. Written by Mann, I knew this would be a long, detailed fairy tale, but it has all the elements of a Bildungsroman in the first half of the book as well. Elegant translation, as it is not by Lowe-Porter, Mann's first English translator, whose inaccuracies of meaning are well known. Good naturalistic allusive fiction.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in English "Royal Highness" and Brazilian Portuguese "Sua Alteza Real".
It's a very delightful and interesting reading, I recommend!
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