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I Buddenbrook: Decadenza di una famiglia

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Il primo grande romanzo di Thomas Mann racconta la storia di una famiglia tedesca dell'Ottocento che dopo anni di prosperità è esposta a una tragica decadenza: le basi di un patrimonio e di una potenza che sembravano incrollabili sono sgretolate da una forza ostinata e segreta. Opera di ispirazione autobiografica, questo romanzo, capolavoro della letteratura europea, espri ...more
Paperback, ET #88, 689 pages
Published September 25th 2006 by Einaudi (first published 1901)
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May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, germany

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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

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
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
Ilenia Zodiaco
Il mio stato d'animo a lettura ultimata:

Seconda fase:

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

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
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-classici
"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

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
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
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
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
Jonathan Peto
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 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
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
Çağdaş T
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Değerlerin yozlaşması, aile içi çatışmalar, yalnızlık, kaygılar, şansızlıklar, umutsuzluklar ve ölüm...
"Hayat böyledir işte!"
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
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
نوشتن ریویو برای این کتاب سخته چون نظر آدم رو به شدت جلب میکنه اما به شدت تکونت نمیده (البته آخرش برام خیلی تکاندهنده بود). این کتاب اولین رمان بلند توماس مان هست و از این نظر یک شاهکار محسوب میشه و جالب اینجاست که حوادث داستان تا حد زیادی منطبق با حوادث واقعی زندگی مان بوده. شخصیت پردازی و روانشناسی آدمها در این کتاب عالیه و سیر حوادث اصلا خواننده رو خسته نمیکنه. من قبلا از مان یک داستان کوتاه خونده بودم و به شدت تحت تاثیرم قرار داده بود مدتها دلم میخواست برم سراغ آثارش و این کتاب آغاز ماجراست ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic
EDIT: Aggiungo una stellina, perché era davvero un gran libro.

Siamo nella Lubecca della seconda metà dell'Ottocento, una città che nel romanzo non viene mai nominata ma solo raccontata e descritta con lievi pennellate di neve o di sole.
In questa città trafficano famiglie di ricchi mercanti, tra cui i nostri Buddenbrook: Mann ce li presenta durante una riunione di famiglia, nell'intimità di una casa grande e bella appena acquistata, e noi facciamo la conoscenza del vecchio Johann, del console Jea
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo que hubiera dado Benito Pérez Galdós por escribir esta novela que narra el ocaso de una familia de comerciantes de la alta burguesía alemana a lo largo de tres generaciones. Los Buddenbrook (1901) tiene mucho de autobiografía, y Thomas Mann terminó de escribir estas casi 900 páginas a los 26 años. Una proeza que merece, como mínimo, nuestro respeto. En mi caso se ha ganado, además, mi admiración y mi más alta estima. No en vano Thomas Mann debe la concesión del Nobel de Literatura, sobre to ...more
From BBC Radio 4:
A 19th-century German merchant family fight to keep their supremacy.

According to Judith Adams, this book was banned and burned by Hitler and it was published when the author was 25, in 1901.

A movie Buddenbrooks (2008) and a TV series Die Buddenbrooks (1979) were made based on this fabulous book.

More review is coming soon...
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another epic by one of the world's greatest writers. Couldn't put it down. Stunning in every way, complex, fascinating, it's one of those novels that seems to have at its core a beating heart that leaves the reader breathless and deeply moved. Mann's painting of the rise and fall of a family, and of German society, is much more than a brilliant social document: it is simply a showcase for the power of literature, when stories and ideas mix in such a way that the reader is taken on a journey whic ...more
Ana Carvalheira
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saga familiar que narra a ascensão e queda de uma família burguesa do século 19, “Os Buddenbrook”, pela pena de Thomas Mann, abrem-nos a porta das suas vidas para nós, quais voyeurs, nos apropriarmos da sua intimidade, da sua história, dos seus momentos de conquistas e inexoráveis perdas, materiais e afetivas, dos momentos de euforia e de desilusão, de nascimentos e mortes ao longo de quatro gerações.

A ação decorre com todos os contratempos, adversidades, contrastes, momentos de rejúbilo típico
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