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Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

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A Major Literary Event: a brilliant new translation of Thomas Mann's first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929.

Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was only twenty-five, has become a classic of modem literature -- the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany. Wi
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Published May 25th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1901)
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Occasionally, reading and family life interfere with each other!

I have raised my children with the sole dogma that "I read, therefore I am". Being a family, we can't keep from judging each other according to our own specific reading preferences, and we usually believe that "we are what we read". At the moment, my son is reading Buddenbrooks while I am working my way through Brothers Karamazov, and we like to compare notes, especially as both novels are focusing on complicated family patterns -
Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Πρόκειται για ένα αριστούργημα.
Γράφτηκε απο τον Τόμας Μαν όταν ήταν 25 ετών και του έδωσε επάξια το βραβείο Νόμπελ λογοτεχνίας το 1929.

Ακολουθούμε με χαρακτηριστική μεγαλοπρέπεια
το έπος παρακμής μιας χανσεατικής επιτυχημένης οικογένειας.
Η ιστορία των Μπούντενμπρουκ μέσα σε 40 χρόνια, κατά τη διάρκεια ιστορικών και κοινωνικών αλλαγών, σε μια πολύπλοκη απο κάθε άποψη μεταβαλλόμενη Γερμανία.
Απο μια θέση κοινωνικής και οικονομικής εξουσίας
τρεις ή τέσσερις γενιές της οικογένειας ξεπερνιούνται απ
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, germany

There is a concept in statistics, Regression or Reversion to the Mean, which is widely used in a variety of fields of knowledge. It was first realized by Sir Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin, when he worked on the correlation of heights between adult children and parents.

The concept refers to the tendency for any variable which exhibits an extreme value at any point of measurement to move towards the average next time it is measured.

This mathematical tool
Luís C.
True to his elegant style, detailed and generous in the petty small details, Thomas Mann returned with this voluminous novel in which narrates the decline and anguish of a German family of the late nineteenth century.
All the complexes that can live (and suffer) people of the upper class, when they see themselves in distressing needs, are described here, with a halo of nostalgia that surrounds the conversations, which, more than conversations, are reminiscent of a glorious and buoyant past that w
Reviewed in September 2013

Buddenbrooks sat on a high shelf in the back-room of my mind for many years, and though it remained unread it was nevertheless honoured with a prime position; I hoped to read it one day but doubted my own ability to comprehend what I thought must surely be a very difficult text.

I first came across Buddenbrooks among my older sister’s university text books. Her German edition impressed me not only for the mysterious title composed of familiar syllables which the stringin
"The sad thing is that one lives but once—one can't begin life over again. And one would know so much better the second time!"

The family saga of the Buddenbrooks is considered a classic of German literature, a book many people have already heard about, yet never read for a very simple reason... it's loooong. And if you appreciate your books with action and thrilling stuff, then Thomas Mann's novel is not exactly the book you should turn to because it would only disappoint you.

It took me almo
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My previous experiences of Mann were The Magic Mountain and Doctor Faustus, both of which were rewarding but challenging.

Buddenbrooks was Mann's first major novel, a thinly veiled account of his own family's rise and fall over the course of the mid nineteenth century. For a book written by a young man who was only 25 when it was published, it is extremely impressive, but it is very much a book of its time, and by modern standards it sometimes seems glacially slow moving, but very atmospheric, a
How could Katia Pringsheim have gone on to marry Thomas Mann if she had ever read his first novel, Buddenbrooks beforehand? The long story of a families multifaceted decline across four generations features mental anguish, bankruptcy, insanity and no happy marriages.

Thomas Mann's first novel is set among the Lübeck Patrician class of leading merchants who dominated the small city-state. Mann drew heavily upon the family background that he left behind along with the world of business to make hims
Ahmad Sharabiani
782. Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ژانویه سال 2012 میلادی
بودنبروکها (زوال یک خاندان) - توماس مان (ماهی) ادبیات آلمان، 782 صفحه
رمان با یک مهمانی خانوادگی شروع میشود. همه هستند، پدربزرگی که بانی ثروت خانواده است و در زمان جنگ آذوقه به جنوب برده، پدری نگران همه چیز، دختری جوان و آمادهی ازدواج، و نوهها، که هنوز بچه هستند و بیخیال همه چیز... و البته که پسرها، کسانی که نمایش جنگ قدرت را در خانواده بازی خواهند کرد... مهمانی هست و یک نامه رسیده، از پسری ناخلف، که باز هم پول میخ
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people in search.
Recommended to Dolors by: Kris & Kalliope, reading group
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is my first Goodreads reading group experience and I have to thank both Kalliope and Kris for having pointed this work out to me and for having allowed me to participate. I also want to give thanks to all the reading partners who keep posting invaluable comments which have helped me to better grasp the nature of this novel.

"Life was harsh: and business, with its ruthless unsentimentality, was an epitome of life." (Buddenbrooks, p.363)

Had I been told that an objective, even detached depict

Description: Michael Maloney and Barbara Flynn star in this story of an old Hanseatic merchant family fighting to keep their commercial supremacy in the changing world of 1840s Europe.

Four generations of Buddenbrooks try to sustain their inheritance - a once highly successful trading company in the port of Lübeck on the Baltic Sea - in a world where the old ways no longer seem to work. It's 1848, and the revolutionary tide running through Europe has finall
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un uomo non educato dal dolore riman sempre bambino

I personaggi abbondano ma sono presentati in modo spartano, delineati con i tratti necessari. Non c'è quell'esasperazione tipicamente e insopportabilmente russa, infarcita di politica, patronimici e dovozione alla Grande Madre. Non ci sono quei capitoli infiniti, satolli di tirate filosofiche. I capitoli dei Bundenbrook sono brevi, per essi riesumo un paragone che si presta bene data l'ambientazione tedesca: un litro di birra si beve più veloce
Absolutely excellent, descriptive writing. Writing that pulls the reader in. Characters that are fully developed and totally real. A book with humor. A book with serious topics to consider. A book about life’s ups and downs. Every time the theme changed I was astonished to once again see how this topic and that topic and every topic touched upon had something to say to me. A long book that does not drag.

I loved reading a book set in Germany before either of the world wars! The Revolution of 194
Ilenia Zodiaco
Il mio stato d'animo a lettura ultimata:

Seconda fase:

Terza fase (rivolgendo il mio pensiero a Thomas Buddenbrook, in particolare):


Decline of a great family always evokes interest– people watch it like they would–a train wreck, a road-side accident, or a disaster movie– with fascination.
There's also an element of schadenfreude involved in "How the mighty have fallen!"

In this group read of Mann's first novel Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family, we got to watch up close and personal, the Buddenbrooks- their joys & sorrows, triumphs & defeats, honour & cowardice, births, marriages, divorces & deaths, rise &am
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Bra-effin'-oh, young Mann -- I'm pretty sure this breaks the world record for precocious achievement of towering literary artistry. Published in 1899 when dude was like 25 years old. Must've taken a couple years to write. Can't imagine a current undergrad publishing something like this in a few years. But I didn't actually read Mann's text -- Mann comes to me filtered through John E. Woods's sensibility and super-steady, elastic, attentive prose style. The duo is as good as it gets. Of the four ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monumentale invidia

Ecco un altro tomazzo che la pimpante Noce ha letto durante il liceo, periodo d’oro ove, per sfuggire a una preoccupante timidezza, faceva incetta di letture classiche. Poi, non avendo nessuno con cui confrontare le sue giovanili impressioni, si dimenticava il tutto nel giro di un annetto. La prima pagina reca la scritta, in bella grafia tonda tondissima, da liceale per niente sui generis “Roma, ‘95”. Il che vuol dire che lo comprai alla Stazione Termini, mentre con la mia cla
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: Kris Rabberman
I am especially grateful for Kris Rabberman's invitation to join this group read. My experience with Thomas Mann had been limited to the short novella Death in Venice. This group has broadened my reading horizons. Without the enthusiasm of the moderators and group members, it is highly unlikely I would have turned toward Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family.

My review will be forthcoming, with the added proviso that I am woefully behind on my reviewing. However, in short, Buddenbrooks: The Decli
Nikos Tsentemeidis
«Λυπηρό ήταν μόνο πως πάντα πριν από τέτοιες γιορτές συσσωρεύονταν πολλά αποκρουστικά πράγματα που μέχρι την τελευταία στιγμή κατέστρεφαν την ελεύθερη και χαρούμενη προοπτική.»

«Πόσο ξένη σου είναι η μουσική αποδεικνύει το γεγονός ότι οι μουσικές σου προτιμήσεις δεν είναι καθόλου ανάλογες με τις υπόλοιπες ανάγκες και αντιλήψεις σου. Τι σε χαροποιεί στη μουσική; Το πνεύμα μιας ορισμένης άνοστης αισιοδοξίας που, αν ήταν κλεισμένο μέσα σ’ ένα βιβλίο, θα το πετούσες στην άκρη αγανακτισμένος ή με ειρω
"That all those charms have pass'd away,
I might have watch'd through long decay...."

"And Thou art Dead, as Young and Fair," Lord Byron

Thomas Mann's moving 1901 saga of the Buddenbrooks, a respected, wealthy family of grain merchants, begins in 1835 at the death of the patriarch. The three successive generations suffer a decline in their finances and family ideals as values change and old hierarchies are upset by Germany's rapid industrialization. Two of the siblings, Thomas and Antonie, subor
Nelson Zagalo
Mann é um dos representantes literários da grande erudição e riqueza lexical — a par com Proust, Pessoa e Nabokov — capaz de comunicar o que tem para dizer de forma não apenas imensamente acessível, mas ao mesmo tempo envolvente e sedutora. A elevação do seu registo, apesar de complexo nunca se enreda em palavreado desnecessário ou meramente exibicionista. A construção do texto, por mais trabalhada que surja, parece nunca dizer de mais, nem de menos, como se tocasse sempre o acorde harmonicament ...more
Jonathan Peto
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
I read a review recently of a historical novel. The reviewer believed that most historical novels fail, because they depict characters with a modern consciousness. These characters often defy the thinking of their times and act in ways that we can approve of. This novel is not historical fiction, but the fact that it was written over a hundred years ago and is full of completely recognisable, very vivid, and obviously historically accurate characters is just one of the things that wowed me about ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
مدت ها قصد خوندنش رو داشتم که تصادفی تو قفسه های کتابخونه دیدمش و چشام برق زد. موردی که در باره ی این کتاب خیلی روش تاکید میشه سن نویسنده هنگام نوشتن این اثره . توماس مان چهار سال از عمرش رو از سن بیست و دو سالگی تا بیست و شش سالگی صرف خلق بودنبروک ها کرده . کتابی هشتصد صفحه ای که با عنوان شرح زندگی چهار نسل از خانواده ی ممتاز بودنبروک ها تا افول این خاندان شهره شده .

بودنبروک ها اثر حجیمیه که به نظرم با توجه به سن نویسنده به جای این که شاهکار باشه بیشتر بلندپروازانه است . درسته که اثر با عنوان
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
è troppo grande, non ho parole


Eppure, arrivata alla terza lettura di questo libro straordinario, qualche parola vorrei provare a scriverla. In fondo, questo è l’unico classico (fra i non molti che ho letto, lo ammetto) che parli alla mia sensibilità, grazie ad una modernità che non è scalfita minimamente dal fatto che i personaggi accendano lampade a gas e non luci a led, e si scrivano lunghe lettere e non messaggi whatsapp.
Solo che non è possibile estrarre da questa opera totale uno, due,
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a novel I may never have read had my friend Kalliope not invited me to join in a group read. While I'm an enthusiatic reader of 19th century English and (to a lesser extent) French literature, my exposure to German literature of this period has been sadly lacking. So I'm glad to have had the opportunity to read this novel along with other neophytes and with experts in German literature. While I mostly lurked on its fringes, the group discussion has been informative and stimulating.

To a l
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-novels
Mann's first novel and quite a saga it is; a family history stretching through the latter half of the nineteenth century and over three/four generations. It is more accessible than some of Mann's later works as here all the big topics that Mann raises are couched in routine and the daily rhythm of life. In his first novel Mann is writing about what he knows; these are the people and details of his childhood and upbringing, clearly set in his hometown of Lubeck.
I was a little reminded of the Pall
In the introduction there is an anecdote about a female friend of Mann's who read Buddenbrooks and liked it very much, saying she was never bored by it, but she was unable to explain why. Word.

I've never liked books like this; you know, multi-generational family sagas, sort of soap opera-ish. Perhaps it's because I was bored to tears as a kid by TV miniseries like East of Eden and Rich Man, Poor Man. After reading Buddenbrooks, though, I realize that maybe I just thought I've never liked books l
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this was Faulkner's favorite novel from Mann. Aspects of it likely permeated his epic of the Compson family. Coincidentally I read this one while my wife's sister was staying with us over the holidays. The Sound and The Fury was read in 2004 when we visted her in London.

I thought of this novel yesterday while reading Nancy Mitford's Pursuit of Love. One almost needs to polish silver when pondering these works.
After thinking about this book for a bit I've decided it's now or never for this review. I've also decided to increase my rating to 5 after contemplating my primary reason for marking it a 4...the tedious description of Hanno Buddenbrook's day at school. Discussion with others has caused me to look at this somewhat differently, as a portrayal of an unbearable situation during what was proving to be a quite unhappy life. All of this fits with Mann's subtitle "The Decline of a Family".

The novel pr
Gary  the Bookworm
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been stalling about writing a review. Just as I stalled about finishing the book. Buddenbrooks didn't exactly grab me in the beginning. The first few chapters seemed to be about a bunch of smug, self-indulgent people who wore elaborate outfits and stuffed themselves without restraint. I barely noticed the two sons, Tom and Christian, and Tony, the golden-haired daughter. If it hadn't been for the discussion threads provided by other members of our group, I may have abandoned it entirely. ...more
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