The Tin Drum
Without a doubt, The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass is a classic of Western Literature. Sardonic in tone and exuberant in its condemnation of the late 20th century world and its values, The Tin Drum is a picture of a world in upheaval. Told through the eyes of dwarf, it was Grass's first novel and it catapulted him to fame.
The Tin Drum is a portrait of German society from the...more
I should note, too, the Apollonian-Dionysian distinction is itself a German invention, finding its origins in the early writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.(less)
...That was the point. This is a story I felt in my stomach. It was so full of perversion, of the grotesque, and I was 20 and a "good girl" a ...more
The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1959 novel by Günter Grass. The novel is the first book of Grass's Danziger Trilogie (Danzig Trilogy) and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. It was adapted into a 1979 film, which won both the Palme d'Or, in the same year, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the following year. The story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzerath, as narrated by himself when confined in a mental ...more
In the very first chapter, I was reminded of Midnight Children because of Oscar's conversational tone of narrative - same as that of Saleem Shinai. Once MC was in my mind couldn't help locating similarities - both narrators start their stories with the first meeting of their maternal grandparents, both like talking about sex, both of them feel need to hide from the world (Oskar in grandmother's skirts, Shinai in laundry box) etc. Still there are enough differences, MC is mo ...more
Re-visit 2015: Günter Grass, Nobel-winning German novelist, dies aged 87
Description: Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive ...more
This opening line prepared me only a little to what was to come: a challenging, weird, unbelievable and extraordinary story.
Oskar's drums and his drumming may still "haunt" me for some time after finishing his story. I am lost for more words here but one: recommended!
This is a tough book to review.
The story uses Brecht's concept of distancing to keep us from identifying with the characters.
The tale takes place in Germany and Poland, before, during, and after World War II.
The main character and narrator is Oskar Matzerath, a dwarf (and later on, a hunchbacked dwarf), who develops a precocious genius for drumming as a toddler. His parents supply him with toy tin drums (which he wears out with h ...more
There are a lot of brilliant use of symbolisms. The one that stuck with me the most is the peep hole Bruno used to observe Oskar which resembles the peep hole equipped in gas chamber to observe the struggle of the dying.
To end with a quote: "Our kind has no ...more
The novel that is not novel
On the surface, this is a fairly simple, easy to read book. It's the first novel by Günter Grass and it was published in 1959. You would think an author of this caliber would produce something that has a sophisticated (or should I say complicated?) style, something awesome, something the literary world would have a hard time explaining. But — he didn't. Grass obviously wasn't very fond of this. Right at the ...more
The most remarkable thing that strikes one about The Tin Drum is an absence. For a novel that so famously deals with Germany's war guilt, there is remarkably little about the war in the novel.
I don't mean to say that the novel does not touch on or talk about World War II. Of course it does. There is, after all, two whole chapters dealing with the German invasion of Poland, for example, where Oskar, Jan Bronski, and a dying man play a game of cards at the Polish Post Off ...more
The main character who's narrating the story (written in a mental hospital, accused of murder) indicates he decided to stop growing after age three (and indee ...more
The hero Little Oskar is a boy born in the Free City of Danzig, a state that was created by the 1919 Treaty of Paris and liquidated by the Germans in September 1939. Little Os ...more
The book is about a midget who refused to grow up. He decided to stop growing up at the age of 3 when he also started to beat his drum. His story as a child (Book 1) coincides with the pre-holocaust period in Poland. The scenes that struck me here the most are the 5-layer skirt of his grandmother where his grandfa ...more
the pastor replied:"no, i did not. i saved him, he's with god now"
then the demon roared in rage:" ...more
But this is not a bad book. What a tightrope act it is! Sustaining the totally unreliable, possibly insane voice of Oskar through a book this long without stumbling or stretching our suspension of semi-belief is a hell of a task, and Grass totally nails it. I found this entertaining, funny, sad, weird and wholly likable.
I do wish I hadn't read that part about catching eels while eating a sandwich. That shit was gross as hell.
Anyone know where I can ...more
“Granted: I am an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peep-hole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.”
Did I enjoy this book?
No, not at all. Not in the slightest. I did not enjoy this book at all.
Could I put it down?
No, not at all. Not in the slightest. I could not put this book down.
This book was an amalgamation of an unreliable narrator, fanta ...more
There is a lot to think about in this and I don't think that I understood some of it (much of it?). It is too bad that this is a library book as it would be good to go back and reread or ponder certain passages again when a little time has passed.
I really struggled with one fundamental feature of the novel -- Oskar's supposedly voluntary non-growth, allowing him to remain in a 3-year-old ...more
I wanted to kick Oskar in the rump almost as often as I wanted to hug him. What an exasperating protagonist but I suspect he is very much a ...more
I have now dedicated my right forearm to this book.
Granted: I’m an inmate in a mental institution...
Oskar, the narrator of ‘The Tin Drum’ (apart from a few short pages...), begins his story with a direct admission, and with an immediate sense of familiarity with us, as if we’ve known him for a while, and been talking before, as if we’re coming to this mid-conversation, almost mid-sentence. We know nothing else, not even a name, but we know the speaker is an inmate of a mental ...more
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He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. He always identified himself as a Kashubian.
He is best known for his first novel, "The Tin Drum" (1959) ...more