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The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum THE BOOK Funny macabre disgusting blasphemous pathetic horrifying erotic it is an endless delirium an outrageous phantasmagoria in which dustfrom Goethe Hans Andersen Swift Rabelais Joyce

THE BOOK Funny, macabre, disgusting, blasphemous, pathetic, horrifying, erotic, it is an endless delirium, an outrageous phantasmagoria in which dustfrom Goethe, Hans Andersen, Swift, Rabelais, Joyce, Aristophanes and Rochester dances on the point of a needle in the flame of a candle that was not worth the game.

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About Author

  1. Günter Grass says:
    G nter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize winning German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor.He was born in the Free City of Danzig now Gda sk, Poland Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood He always identified himself as a Kashubian.He is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum 1959 , a key text in European magic realism His own name for this style was broadened reality His other successes of the period were Cat and Mouse 1961 and Dog Years 1963 These novels, along with The Tin Drum, make up what Mr Grass called his Danzig Trilogy Grass was born in the Free City of Danzig on 16 October 1927, to Willy Grass 1899 1979 , a Protestant ethnic German, and Helene Grass n e Knoff, 1898 1954 , a Roman Catholic of Kashubian Polish origin Grass was raised a Catholic His parents had a grocery store with an attached apartment in Danzig Langfuhr now Gda sk Wrzeszcz He has one sister, who was born in 1930.Grass attended the Danzig Gymnasium Conradinum He volunteered for submarine service with the Kriegsmarine to get out of the confinement he felt as a teenager in his parents house which he considered in a very negative way civic Catholic lower middle class In 1943 he became a Luftwaffenhelfer, then he was drafted into the Reichsarbeitsdienst, and in November 1944, shortly after his seventeenth birthday, into the Waffen SS The seventeen year old Grass saw combat with the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg from February 1945 until he was wounded on 20 April 1945 and sent to an American POW camp.In 1946 and 1947 he worked in a mine and received a stonemason s education For many years he studied sculpture and graphics, first at the Kunstakademie D sseldorf, then at the Universit t der K nste Berlin He also worked as an author and traveled frequently He married in 1954 and since 1960 lived in Berlin as well as part time in Schleswig Holstein Divorced in 1978, he remarried in 1979 From 1983 to 1986 he held the presidency of the Berlin Akademie der K nste Berlin Academy of Arts.During the German unification process in 1989 he argued for separation of the two states, because he thought a unified Germany would resume its past aggression He moved to the northern German city of L beck in 1995.He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999 In 2006, Grass caused controversy with his disclosure of his Waffen SS service during the final months of World War II, which he had kept a secret until publishing his memoir that year He died of complications of lung infection on 13th of April, 2015 at a L beck hospital He was 87.

Comment 566 on “The Tin Drum

  1. Tia says:
    I had an intense reaction to this book I friggin hated it Or, rather, I loved to hate it, while I was reading it It was an assignment in a Postmodern Lit class, and everyone in the class liked the protagonist but me I thought he was awful I couldn t believe they enjoyed him, much less admitted to enjoying him But some part of me must have understood.That was the point This is a story I felt in my stomach It was so full of perversion, of the grotesque, and I was 20 and a good girl and wanted so b [...]

  2. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum says:
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  3. ميقات الراجحي says:
    Die Blechtrommel G nter Grass 1 1899 1954 2 .3 10 12 .

  4. Jr Bacdayan says:
    Heil, Oskar Koljaiczek Matzerath Bronski The drummer The magical three year old The hunchback The Jesus The Satan The Goethe The Rasputin The arsonist reincarnate The student The destroyer of glass The tempter The Skat ace The bane of propaganda assemblies The war veteran The Catholic The disciple maker The choir boy The fizz blower The father The prodigal son The entertainer The tombstone engraver The art model The devotee of nurses The jazz musician The star The lover The dog walker extraordin [...]

  5. Dan says:
    My reaction to finishing this book was thank god that s over I thought it was interesting in the abstract, but at times I couldn t stand reading it The unreliable main character Oskar, decides to stop growing at the age of three He refuses to speak, and communicates by banging on his titular drum I gather this is supposed to reflect German societies refusal to accept the realities of the rise of Nazism and their complicity in it But I don t really care My problem with the book wasn t the confusi [...]

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani says:
    462 Die Blechtrommel The Tin Drum, G nter GrassThe Tin Drum German Die Blechtrommel is a 1959 novel by G nter Grass The novel is the first book of Grass s Danziger Trilogie Danzig Trilogy and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature It was adapted into a 1979 film, which won both the Palme d Or, in the same year, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the following year The story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzerath, as narrated by himself when confined in a mental hospital d [...]

  7. Bettie☯ says:
    Re visit 2015 G nter Grass, Nobel winning German novelist, dies aged 87 Description Danzig in the 1920s 1930s Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive peop [...]

  8. Sidharth Vardhan says:
    Onions and PotatosIn the very first chapter, I was reminded of Midnight Children because of Oscar s conversational tone of narrative same as that of Saleem Shinai Once MC was in my mind couldn t help locating similarities both narrators start their stories with first meeting of their maternal grandparents, both like talking about sex, both of them feel need to hide from world Oskar in grandmother s skirts, Shinai in londery box etc Still there are enough differences, MC is magical realism, Tin [...]

  9. مروان البلوشي says:
    8 30 30 bildungsroman 27 10 14.

  10. Jeb says:
    The plot, characters, and setting are all top notch, but what makes Drum a stellar read is its tone A reviewer might have described it as sardonically irreverant had not Waiting for Guffman been the source of the phrase Dripping with arrogance and wit against a macabre backdrop, The Tin Drum follows our sturdy at three feet protagonist Oskar from his vivid recollections of his own birth through Hitler s occupations of Danzig, DE and Oskar s familial Poland through many other no doubt exciting an [...]

  11. Erwin says:
    Granted I m an inmate in a mental institution This opening line prepared me only a little to what was to come a challenging, weird, unbelievable and extraordinary story Oskar s drums and his drumming may still haunt me for some time after finishing his story I am lost for words here but one recommended

  12. Mona says:
    Funny, Brechtian Story of a Murderous Dwarf who is a Genius DrummerThis is a tough book to review.The story uses Brecht s concept of distancing to keep us from identifying with the characters.The tale takes place in Germany and Poland, before, during, and after World War II.The main character and narrator is Oskar Matzerath, a dwarf and later on, a hunchbacked dwarf , who develops a precocious genius for drumming as a toddler His parents supply him with toy tin drums which he wears out with his [...]


  13. Whitaker says:
    Available from KOBOBOOKSThe most remarkable thing that strikes one about The Tin Drum is an absence For a novel that so famously deals with Germany s war guilt, there is remarkably little about the war in the novel I don t mean to say that the novel does not touch on or talk about World War II Of course it does There is, after all, two whole chapters dealing with the German invasion of Poland, for example, where Oskar, Jan Bronski, and a dying man play a game of cards at the Polish Post Office w [...]

  14. Matt says:
    I knew this book is good, but I had no idea it were that good.The novel that is not novelOn the surface, this is a fairly simple, easy to read book It s the first novel by G nter Grass and it was published in 1959 You would think an author of this caliber would produce something that has a sophisticated or should I say complicated style, something awesome, something the literary world would have a hard time explaining But he didn t Grass obviously wasn t very fond of this Right at the beginning [...]

  15. Teresa Proença says:
    Era uma vez um pa s chamado Pol nia que foi invadido durante uma Guerra chamada de Segunda Mundial.Era uma vez um pa s chamado Alemanha que recuperava de uma Guerra.Era uma vez um tambor de lata tocado por um menino chamado Oskar que cresceu, an o e corcunda, e se tornou um m sico famoso.Era uma vez um enfermeiro de um hosp cio chamado Bruno que cuidava e ouvia a hist ria de Oskar.Era uma vez uma mulher chamada Anna que escondeu debaixo de quatro saias um fugitivo e nove meses depois nasceu Agne [...]

  16. فهد الفهد says:
    1979 687 1899 1954 1899 1913 53 687 .

  17. Camille Stein says:
    Qu m s dir Nac bajo bombillas, interrump deliberadamente el crecimiento a los tres a os, recib un tambor, romp vidrio con la voz, olfate vainilla, tos en iglesias, nutr a Luc a, observ hormigas, decid crecer, enterr el tambor, hu a Occidente, perd el Oriente, aprend el oficio de marmolista, pos como modelo, volv al tambor e inspeccion cemento, gan dinero y guard un dedo, regal el dedo y hu riendo ascend , fui detenido, condenado, internado, saldr absuelto y hoy celebro mi trig simo aniversario y [...]

  18. Michael Finocchiaro says:
    One crazy ride Oskar is unlike any other character you will ever read about besides maybe Tyrion Lannister maybe The book is a comic masterpiece, a fanciful rendering of Germany during the war and after It is part vaudeville, part absurd, part insane and like nearly all great literature impossible to classify The movie was also unbelievably great 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 I think that it would be a [...]

  19. Jonfaith says:
    Funny I missed rating and reviewing this jewel This is the lodestar, the mandrake root, the intrepid ooze making friends in the lukewarm pools of primeval poetry This was the point of departure A hallowed book I finished in a laundromat I almost can t remember my reading life before wee Oskar Eels, fizz, post offices, onions and Dusters have littered my imagination seemingly forever I wanted to read the new translation and likely will someday My memories of my own grandmother now smell like butt [...]

  20. Dracu says:
    What shall I say born under light bulbs, deliberately stopped growing at age of three, given drum, sang glass to pieces, smelled vanilla, coughed in churches, observed ants, decided to grow, buried drum, emigrated to the West, lost the East, learned stonecutter s trade, worked as model, started drumming again, visited concrete, made money, kept finger, gave finger away, fled laughing, rode up escalator, arrested, convicted, sent to mental hospital, soon to be acquitted, celebrating this day my [...]


  21. Czarny Pies says:
    Gunter Grass is the only winner of the Nobel Prize able to speak Kaszub a weird Slavic language still spoken in the area of Danzig Perhaps realizing that he spoke a language that belonged to the world of myth and magic but not to his own century, Grass decided to convert his experiences into a twentieth century fairy tale.The hero Little Oskar is a boy born in the Free City of Danzig, a state that was created by the 1919 Treaty of Paris and liquidated by the Germans in September 1939 Little Oska [...]

  22. Maureen says:
    The world portrayed in The Tin Drum is brutal and harsh, and, at the same time freakishly strange There is an aspect to violence that disconnects from everyday reality In this book, seen through the eyes of its diminutive hero, it becomes downright surreal Though the tone may be fantastic, Grass does a better job of capturing life under Nazi rule than anything else I have ever read Even in translation, his language is dazzling, and one thing is certain after reading what happens at the end of th [...]

  23. Semjon says:
    Wie gerne h tte ich diesem Klassiker die volle Sternenzahl gegeben und ihn zu einem meiner Lieblingsb chern erkl rt Nach zwei Dritteln sah es noch absolut danach aus, doch der dritte und letzte Teil lie einen Schatten ber das ganze Werk fallen Ich bewerte daher die Teile einzeln 1 und 2 Teil in Danzig jeweils 5 Sterne Der 3 Teil in D sseldorf 2 Sterne Ergibt die mathematischen 4 Sterne Ich will in meiner Rezension gar nicht gro auf den letzten Teil eingehen Meiner Ansicht nach h tte Grass diese [...]

  24. Drew says:
    Pop quiz what s the name of that book with the physically deformed protagonist who s got paternity uncertainty and lives his own country s history You know, he s got a superpower that sort of fades in and out as the book progresses, and, if I recall correctly, a relative who can cook feelings into soups And he falls in with a group of weird kids with comical nicknames like Eyeslice and PuttPutt No, it s not Midnight s Children I m talking about the one with the narrator who tells the whole story [...]

  25. K.D. Absolutely says:
    I am not sure how to rate this book I am not sure if I like it or hate it It is just out of this world and Gunter Grass Nobel Prize in Literature awardee is just in his own league The book is about a midget who refused to grow up He decided to stop growing up at the age of 3 when he also started to beat his drum His story as a child Book 1 coincides with the pre holocaust period in Poland The scenes that struck me here the most are the 5 layer skirt of his grandmother where his grandfather hid b [...]

  26. Horace Derwent says:
    during the expidition of the subjugating war in ireland, one soldier of cromwell got possessed by demon the chaplain had no other choice actually, he was good for nothing and threw him into a pond used to be a method of exorcism , the soldier sank without a single note of soundments after, the demon went up to the surface and said to the priest you just killed that poor man, you scam artist the pastor replied no, i did not i saved him, he s with god now then the demon roared in rage saved you sh [...]



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