Buddenbrooks

Buddenbrooks

Book - 1983
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A Major Literary Event: a brilliant new translation of Thomas Mann's first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was only twenty-five, has become a classic of modem literature -- the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany. With consummate skill, Mann draws a rounded picture of middle-class life: births and christenings; marriages, divorces, and deaths; successes and failures. These commonplace occurrences, intrinsically the same, vary slightly as they recur in each succeeding generation. Yet as the Buddenbrooks family eventually succumbs to the seductions of modernity -- seductions that are at variance with its own traditions -- its downfall becomes certain. In immensity of scope, richness of detail, and fullness of humanity, Buddenbrooks surpasses all other modem family chronicles; it has, indeed, proved a model for most of them. Judged as the greatest of Mann's novels by some critics, it is ranked as among the greatest by all. Thomas Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1929.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1983, c1964
ISBN: 9780394418018
0394418018
Characteristics: xxiv, 604 p. [6] p. ; 22 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A novel rich in detail and scenery about the lives of a 19th Century German family. Recommended for fans of family sagas.

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May 31, 2013

a really good book descibing the live, morals and idiologies of higher middle class families in the late 1800's. goes sometimes into too drawn out detaield descriptions. once one gets past those one really gets a very insightful look as to what life in north-eastern germany was like in that time period. it really gets into peoples heads. anyone interested in history is sure to like this, it does take some patience to get past all the too detailed descriptions though. being german and having read this book at a young age in german i can probably relate more to it than the average american reader. however anyone with an open mind and given to histsory will be sure to enjoy this very realistic novel.

alleycat Mar 19, 2008

I believe this was Mann's first novel ... and what a family saga it is! I read this so long ago and I still have not forgotten what a terrific piece of writing it is, though I read the superior translation of John E. Woods. The story follows the lives and deaths of each member of the declining Buddenbrook family.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Death was a blessing, so great, so deep that we can fathom it only at those moments, like this one now, when we are reprieved from it. It was the return home from long, unspeakably painful wanderings, the correction of a great error, the loosening of tormenting chains, the removal of barriers---it set a horrible accident to rights again.

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