The Tin Drum
The publication of "The Tin Drum" in 1959 launched Gunther Grass as an author of international repute. Bitter and impassioned, it delivers a scathing dissection of the years from 1925 to 1955 through the eyes of Oskar Matzerath, the dwarf whose manic beating on the toy of his retarded childhood... show more
The publication of "The Tin Drum" in 1959 launched Gunther Grass as an author of international repute. Bitter and impassioned, it delivers a scathing dissection of the years from 1925 to 1955 through the eyes of Oskar Matzerath, the dwarf whose manic beating on the toy of his retarded childhood fantastically counterpoints the accumulating horrors of Germany and Poland under the Nazis.
Publish date: 2005
Pages no: 567
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
, Magical Realism
, German Literature
, Nobel Prize
Series: The Danzig Trilogy (#1)
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The next time I go to the Onion Cellar I will surely lament my finishing of this book. Why? Because less than a day after I have finished it, I already miss it and I am too prideful to cry without the aid of an onion. Finishing this book felt like saying goodbye to an old friend, oh sure we say we ...
I swear I could hear that drum playing in my head at odd moments. Especially every time I tried to write this review. I think it was my own warning to pay proper homage to a brilliant book. It always amazes me how some authors can take some dark passages of a characters life and treat it with a humo...
What a tightrope act of a book this 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 li...
This is going to be the very, very short version as one would have to write pages to do justice to this book and I'm just not up to it. In a nutshell..Oskar is born with the understanding of an adult. He hears a conversation between his mother and her husband in which the husband says Oskar will gro...