Günter Grass: Die Blechtrommel (Buchbesprechung mit ausführlicher Inhaltsangabe und Rezension von Dieter Wunderlich). Original print of the cover art of the Gunter Grass’ most famous work Die Blechtrommel. Signed by Gunter Grass on the bottom right hand. the art of Giinter Grass, who achieves balance through contrarities, through a juxtaposition The angular line of chronological narrative in Die Blechtrommel is .

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Günter Grass – Die Blechtrommel : Kommentar und Materialien

Other books in the series. He tells you he deliberately stopped growing – and faked an accident to provide the world reason for that. Oskar got up slowly and avoiding the shattered glass, moved quietly but single-mindedly toward the wooden rack with the toys, mentally constructing a pedestal of boxes on a nursery chair, tall and stable enough to make him the new owner of a brand-new tin drum, when Kobyella’s voice and then the janitor’s horny hand caught up with me.

We will never know what will happen to us nor understand why these things happen. And here is how he deals with Kristallnacht, where Oskar is again searching for tin drums: You would think an author of this caliber would produce something that has a sophisticated or should I say complicated? A translation into English by Ralph Manheim was published in Not caring for the world he is growing up in, a small boy determines to remain a child.

One day while walking through a field he finds a severed finger: But then life forces us to grow up. Oskar, willing to prove himself once and for all, picks up his drum and sticks despite his vow to never play again after Alfred’s death, and plays a measure on his drum. Disgusted with so much along the way, but to my great surprise I found myself touched. I think that it wo One crazy ride.

In turn the Russians arrive and expel the Germans all of which Grass presents in relatively jolly terms. Of course it does. There are elements of allegorymyth and legendplacing it in the genre of magic realism.


Funny I missed rating and reviewing this jewel. Oskar is clearly a villain.

However, for every such episode dealing with the events of WWII, there ngter others interspersed in between dealing with much more domestic concerns: The book is a comic masterpiece, a fanciful rendering of Germany during the war and after. He reduces this farce we call sanity to rubble. But Santa Claus was really the Gasman. There is an aspect to violence gnted disconnects from everyday reality. His schizophrenia, self-obsession and complexes though won’t stop him from being witty – every page of the book has some really witty play of words on it.

But you know what? And If you will hate him enough, maybe you will start to love him also. Return to Book Page. Bladder control shattered, heart rate rising, laughter spouting, everyone surrenders. But the little drummer boy picks it up again and starts drumming stronger and louder than ever, in fact he says that the he is not narrating his story, but rather drumming it. View all 7 comments. The official name of Danzig between and was Free City of Danzig.

On size of book You may think that with over pages or this long review, it is a long book – do not be deluded by that; through its witty pose, it becomes a much, much, much longer book, almost Dickens long.

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Here is another extract on Kristallnacht: June The Tin Drum. My memories of my own grandmother now smell like butter.

The Germans are shown as crass, vulgar and materialistic boobs while the Poles are portrayed as dim-witted yocals. His gang members call him “Jesus”, then he refers to himself as “Satan” later in the book. Blechtrmomel, but I think Fascism would be closer to the mark.

The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

There is Oskar’s beloved mother herself, and his Kashubian grandmother, who grows potatoes and always wears four skirts. Disturbing because what is responded by laughter should be responded by tears. And that’s the side of the story that The Tin Drum presents; that’s what separates this story from so many others written with similar subject matter and makes this one the diamond in the rough.


Once upon a time there was a grocer who closed his shop one November day because something was going on in the city, took his son Oskar by the hand and travelled with the Number Five tram to Langgasser Gate, because rgass synagogue there was on fire, as were those in Zoppot and Langfuhr. He commits multiple crimes, including many murders direct and indirect blecgtrommel, vandalism, theft, etc. Grass is a wonderful writer, richly deserving of his nobel prize. View all 11 comments. If you want to read one book by this Nobel laureate, I would suggest starting here – you will have a hard time putting in down.

Take care, young man. I also did not gnterr with everything he uttered, but, at the very least, what he uttered was always deliberate and worth considering. Take care young man. A hallowed book I finished in a laundromat. Gifted with a piercing shriek that can shatter glass or be used as a weapon, Oskar declares himself to be one of those “clairaudient infants”, whose “spiritual development is complete at birth and only needs to affirm itself”.

In this sense a tin drum is not much unlike a mechanical typewriter Grass used to write his manuscripts with. Ich bewerte daher die Teile einzeln: He wasn’t the German soldier who feels sorry for what he did. This is convenient for him because a he is treated by his parents, neighbors, and strangers as a small child and b he is able time and again to return to some kind of embryonic state.

With every bit of my smiley, idealistic being I say Oskar Matzerath grasss an unreliable narratoras his sanity, or insanity, never becomes clear.