Posts In: Thomas Mann

Joseph and His Brothers

April 19, 2017 Novel

Joseph and His Brothers is a four-part novel by Thomas Mann, written in 1926-1943 and retelling in detail well-known biblical story of Joseph. So, there are my five facts about Joseph and His Brothers. Firstly, if you do not know anything about the biblical stories, harvests, droughts and love of Jacob to Rachel, you need firstly to read not Bible, of course, but at least short retelling for children. Because there are different interpretations of the same name, a lot of new new ones on each page – it confuses at the beginning and all you need to remember them is to make schematic maps. And then comes the understanding that you just needn’t to focus on this moment. My second fact: take this book not as a text to analize, but take it as a story. Like a fairy tale. And, suddenly, it turns out that you can remember the events and you can already, though not like Mann, but quite clearly tell someone about what you have read and what have happened. Thirdly, I really liked the first part of the book. Much more than the other parts. But it was the most difficut to understand. It was necessary to understand how to be involved in what is happening. Only...

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Doctor Faustus

March 7, 2017 Novel

Doctor Faustus is a novel by Thomas Mann, published in 1947. The novel talks about the life of a fictional character, Adrian Leverkühn, from a very young age to his untimely death.

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February 10, 2017 Novel

Happy ending, I really wanted them to be all right. The first generation, which we will meet personally, is Johann Buddenbrock and his wife Antoinette. They are a bit cynical, a bit strict, loving life and money. Johann made a fortune and turned the firm founded by his father into a well-run enterprise. He stood firmly on his feet, had unbreakable  principles and his life was happy and full of good moments. The second generation is Johann, son of the previous Johann, and his wife Betsey. They are milder, but much more obsessed by religion than their parents. Tense work for the family and for the firm (which is the same for all Buddenbrokes) is given for this Johann costs much greater effort and nerves. Johann often doubts the correctness of his actions, troubles, which are still not so many, drive him to the grave much earlier than his father. The third generation is Johann’s children – Thomas, Christian, Antony and Clara. Most of the narrative is about them, with them we will be “from the cradle to the grave”. Clara is a late child, kind of keeps to herself and strict, not knowing how to have fun, she will find joy only in religion. Christian is complete opposite of her,...

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The Magic Mountain

January 22, 2017 Growing-up novel

“The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann is one of the most difficult books that I’ve read. I advice you not to read this book too fast. I could read one page 2-3 times before I understood what the author meant. This novel describes the life of tuberculosis sanatorium, which is located in the highlands of Switzerland. The main character, Hans Castorp, comes to stay with his cousin for three weeks, but, in the end, he remains there for a few years. The novel, of course, is boring. There is no exciting plot or at least just interesting events. It is about an ordinary sanatoriums life of seriously ill patients in all its terrible boredom, detailed down to the smallest details. To such tiniest ones that you will know in what color socks heroes were wearing today, what they ate for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner, which was a body temperature in the morning and night, and so on. Why did the author do this? Perhaps for the reader to be accustomed to this especial atmosphere. And the atmosphere in the resort is quite original, with unusual blurred over time. Time seems to stop for the guests of sanatorium. They...

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Mario and the Magician

December 22, 2016 Novella

Never read Thomas Mann on the go, in the subway, in buses and at bus stops, surrounded by a crowd of people, big buildings and constant noise. He, like nature itself, requires silence, tranquillity...

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