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Gallows Songs by Christian Morgenstern
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Feb 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry
Read in March, 1994

Picked this up at random from the free box outside Green Apple and read it in high school. I can't remember now if it was this edition (it was definitely one with the title translated Gallows Songs and not Songs from the Gallows) and I don't have it anymore as I loaned it to a girl in my class who was learning German and she never gave it back.

Morgenstern is like a morbid, German Edward Lear.
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message 1: by Jubilation Lee (new)

Jubilation Lee Your last sentence sold me on this book. I must read it.

message 2: by Elke (new)

Elke I do not know all of Morgenstern's work, but I would never describe him as morbid. Imho his verses are comical and certainly bizzare, but always in a humorous way. But maybe I just happened to read only those parts of his work...

Miriam I read this many years ago so perhaps I remember it being more morbid than it is. Or perhaps the translator emphasized that quality. The poems of his I found on line did not seem morbid to me, either.

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