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Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family - Thomas Mann, John E. Woods, T.J. Reed
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Introduction by T. J. Reed; Translation by John E. WoodsBuddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1901, when Mann was only twenty-six, has become a classic of modern literature.It is the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Introduction by T. J. Reed; Translation by John E. WoodsBuddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1901, when Mann was only twenty-six, has become a classic of modern literature.It is the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany facing the advent of modernity; in an uncertain new world, the family’s bonds and traditions begin to disintegrate. As Mann charts the Buddenbrooks’ decline from prosperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence, and madness, he ushers the reader into a world of stunning vitality, pieced together from births and funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip, and earthy humor.In its immensity of scope, richness of detail, and fullness of humanity, buddenbrooks surpasses all other modern family chronicles. With remarkable fidelity to the original German text, this superb translation emphasizes the magnificent scale of Mann’s achievement in this riveting, tragic novel.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780679417378 (0679417370)
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Pages no: 731
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
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4.0 Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
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Brain Gourmet
Brain Gourmet rated it
2.0 Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
For a long time I have been considering adding two new shelves - big-and-beautiful, governed by War and Peace and big-and-boredomful, governed by Middlemarch. Sadly, and to my great surprise, the Budenbrooks will have to reside on the latter shelf.I saw many reviewers being astonished that such a no...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it
5.0
“Cos’è… cos’è?”. Così inizia la sinfonia dei Buddenbrook. Nel crescendo orchestrale di sapore wagneriano la borghese famiglia scivola verso il disfacimento. Il primo movimento esprime la soddisfatta gaiezza del vecchio Johann e la determinazione del “console” suo figlio, politico oltre che commercia...
aka Grasshopper
aka Grasshopper rated it
4.0 Family Therapy Wouldn't Hurt
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 barel...
DES
DES rated it
Hello everyone, I am currently re-reading it in German and want to recommend it to an English friend of mine. Could you please let me know who translated your book and if the language was very precise and fitting to the period? I'd like to give it to him as a present but want to make sure the transl...
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