The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

Book - 2009
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Contemporary German novel, the subject of much controversy when it was first published in 1959, focuses on the years of Nazi control in Germany as seen through the eyes of an intelligent dwarf, masquerading as a retarded lunatic. -- Publisher description
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this classic novel, an acclaimed translator and scholar has drawn from many sources for this new translation, more faithful to Grass's style and rhythm.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151014163
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: ix, 582 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Breon


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Jun 18, 2015

Still one of the best books about Germany in the middle of the 20th century.

May 18, 2014

A supremely weird and masterful work of 20th century fiction. Our hero is Oscar, who has willed himself to look perpetually 3 years old, whose voice can destroy glass, and whose drumming can summon the memories and emotional history of humankind. Set in Poland just before the rise of the Third Reich, The Tin Drum, documents the second world war through the eyes of a child with the mind of an artistic revolutionary rebel. Five stars!

Oct 01, 2011

Once again, hype leads to a non-spectacular read (see my review of "Daughter of Fortune"). This controversial book (and the movie) did nothing for me. The story was not only bizarre, but left me to wonder: What was the point? (June 2001)


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SPL_STARR Jun 23, 2015

"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."


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