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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Return to Book Page. On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.

Paperbackpages. Published by Vintage first published Die Danziger Trilogie 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, gntsr sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Tin Drumplease sign up. I haven’t read any Goethe or Rasputin. What am I missing?

Alex Cole Goethe and Rasputin represent different angles of the German psyche – namely, Goethe represents Germany’s literary and cultural past and the …more Goethe and Rasputin represent different angles of the German psyche – namely, Goethe represents Germany’s literary and cultural past and the individuated “reason” of Apollonian art. Rasputin represents the need for Dionysian communitarian intoxication underlying the deeply individualistic petit bourgeoisie society of pre-war Danzig.

Both figures drive “history” in the carousel of Oskar’s fever-dream, culminating in a sense of historical non-consciousness or nihilistic empty time to use the language of Walter Benjamin. I should note, too, the Apollonian-Dionysian distinction is itself a German invention, finding its origins in the early writings of Friedrich Nietzsche. Joan McConnell Yes, it is; I just checked.

Perhaps you have already found it. See 2 questions about The Tin Drum…. Lists with This Book. Apr 04, Tia rated it it nlechtrommel amazing Recommends it for: Your blfchtrommel inner beast. I had an intense reaction to this book. I friggin hated it. Or, rather, I loved to hate it, while I was reading blechttrommel. It was an assignment in a Postmodern Lit. 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” a I had an intense reaction to this book. It was so full of perversion, of the grotesque, and I was 20 and a “good girl” and wanted so badly to not be drawn to it but there I was, ploughing through. Disgusted with so much along the way, but to my great surprise I found myself touched.


I cried for a character I thought I was completely repelled by. I couldn’t believe it. And at the end, when I reached the last page, when I finished and shut the book Not to have finished it; I was grateful that I got to read it in the first place.

There are awful images and episodes that stick with me. It is not pleasant to revisit them. But you know what? With every bit of my smiley, idealistic being I say Or, rather, Thank Grass.

There isn’t always easy beauty, or recognizable beauty around us. Oftentimes the beauty is buried in dirt and hard-earned, and doesn’t even look like anything lovely at all once you get to it. But you hold it in your hands and it will move you.

And if you’re lucky, it will change you. View all 15 comments. View all 9 comments. It was adapted into a 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 blechrommel The story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzerath, as narrated by himself when confined in a mental hospital during the years — 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 blechtommel affirm itself”.

He retains the stature of a child while living through the beginning of World War II, several love affairs, and the world of postwar Europe. Through all this, a toy tin drum, the first of which he received as a present on his third birthday, followed by many replacement drums each time he wears one out from over-vigorous drumming, remains his treasured possession; he is willing to commit violence to retain it.

The Tin Drum

View all 7 comments. Jan 24, Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it. Heil, Oskar Koljaiczek Matzerath-Bronski! The destroyer of glass! The bane of propaganda assemblies! The devotee of nurses! He comes to us as a baby, yet he stays in our hearts a legend. This little boy-man that breaks every rule of humanity yet is the epitome of humanity itself. How does he do it? A tin drum in his arms, he echoes a garss beat that moves one to lose track of the pretenses grasz mask ourselves with.

He reduces this farce we call sanity to rubble. Bladder control shattered, heart rate rising, laughter spouting, everyone surrenders.

We all are born again drenched in sweats and stink. Who is he again, you ask? He is you and me. You see, all of us, like Herr Oskar, start fresh thinking ourselves timelessly young, forever denying adulthood, jesters forever being three-year-olds. We not-so-young keep adulthood at bay, a bunch of Peter Pans frolicking around the world, being silly happy, irresponsible, doing what we want, persons stuck in an age where we are merely infants, barely kids. No regard for what others think, no imparity in our straightforward vision, we arm ourselves with nothing but a tin-drum, the distilled pureness of life, a weapon against the mockery and scorn of adulthood, this sickness called youth.


But then life forces us to grow up.

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It might be like Oskar, the death of his last remaining parent. It might be something else, something really painful. But we all bury our tin-drums and we change. We gnted hunchbacks, disfigured, compared to our youthful selves. We compromise, make the most out of the situation.

Given enough time, often too much time, we rediscover our youthful passions and we learn to drum again, to enjoy, to travel. But by that time the black cook called death is looming just around the corner. This story of a magical little man is the embodiment of the human experience. His disparate experiences which will make you laugh, feel pain, confusion, anger and a whole motley crew of other cie is the ultimate story of man in a backdrop of extremes yet is the story of a person who chose to live life in his own terms.

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He grass that survival is not a circumstantial matter but rather a mindset you choose to adapt. The human life with its virulent jumps through time is ever unfathomable, ever mystifying.

We will never know what will happen to us nor understand why these things blexhtrommel. The odd assortment of sentiments life makes us experience is ultimately what being human is. You smile and laugh when you feel happy and cry when you are pierced by pain. Drum away all the unnecessary baggage and crosses.

Let go of your circumscribed thoughts and enjoy the thrilling, pounding moments life has to offer. And magic is all about believing. Good ole Oskar was living in a period of war, but Grass tells us that the fable of life no matter how dark can always be fun. View all 17 comments. Feb 11, Dan rated it it was ok. My reaction to finishing this book was ‘thank god that’s over’.