The Clown

February 16, 2017 Novel

The whole novel describes a day in the life of the 27-year-old clown Hans Schnier, who recalled the previous seven years of his turbulent life.

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Three Comrades

February 14, 2017 Novel

Remarque is truthful. Remarque leaves no illusions. It is a heartfelt, sincere novel about friendship and love.

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February 12, 2017 Novel

It is very interesting and intriguing book. A book that you need to read to remember once again about simple things that we often do not appreciate. Since it was written by Remarque, this book is about lost people. About people who do not have a place in this world, but they still live. And they do not just live, they dare to have friendship and love, to help another people. And who do not even lose faith in good. And they help others. And they keep trusting people, because if you do not trust anyone at all, it’s better not to live. However, there are also those who have completely lost interest in life and prefer to end it at once. Is it possible to blame them? When a person has no home, no family, no close people, when he does not have anything at all and every day he lives only with the thought “will they catch me or not, what will I eat today and where will I spend the night”, a life in a prison already seems to be not so bad option – you will have food, drink and a roof over your head – what can make such a person continue...

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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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February 7, 2017 Fairytale, Novella

Krabat is one of those tales which fascinate and scare at the same time. It is filled with fearsome but intriguing secrets.

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Heart of Stone

February 5, 2017 Fairytale

Heart of Stone is the most romantic work of the famous German storyteller Wilhelm Hauff. Young coalman Peter Marmot dreams of wealth and he is ready to do anything to get it… even to give his heart. Heart of Stone can be easily called the best work of Hauff. As a true German, he glorifies the work! In addition, this fairy tale is more relevant than ever. Although the fairy tale was written in 1827. A heart of stone does not mean that a person doesn’t care. A heart of stone is a complete indifference, endless cynicism. The fairy tale Heart of Stone tells us about a man named Peter Marmot. He lived in Germany in the the Black Forest. His father died when the boy was 16 years old, so his mother said him to work as a coalman. But his life changed in one day. He met the small Glasmännlein ( the glass dwarf) that had to fulfill his three wishes. The first two were very stupid ones, and brought him nothing, but harm. Another character of the fairy tale was Holländer-Michel. He proposed Peter to replace his real hot heart with a heart of stone. But it also brought Peter nothing good. This fairy tale tells us that is it bad to indulge your thoughtless desires. You should...

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Tales of a Long Night

February 2, 2017 Novel

It is the final work in the work of one of the most interesting German writers. The work itself and especially its form are also intersting. There are no actions, except the ending. There are people, there are stories that they tell, which perfectly show their worldview. Let’s start with the main characters and the plot. It was the end of the Second World War. The main hero of the novel is a young guy who returned from the war disabled, without a leg that he lost during the war. Here you can immediately feel an unobtrusive motive of physical disability, passing through some works of Alfred Döblin (for example, Berlin Alexanderplatz), a symbol of renunciation of everything carnal. He, disabled, with a psychological trauma, comes to his home, where conflict is already taking place. And Edward acts as a catalyst. He inquisitively is looking for the truth, after finding which he is deeply disappointed. Once inside the walls of his home, he begins to notice that everything has changed for the worse (or everything was like that, but he did not notice). A father who does not need him, a mother who has not loved her father for a long time (and did she love?). Edward (the main character)...

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Letter from an Unknown Woman

January 31, 2017 Novella

It is a wonderful sad novel about love … about unrequited and tragic love that bordered on insanity. The novel tells the story of a woman who from her teenage years was in love with a man who lived nearby. And now, almost 11 years later, she decides in a letter to finally confess to her feelings to the main hero, sending him a letter, where she describes everything that happened to her in her life: how she fell in love with him and how she kept these feelings during all these years, followed him without giving out anything, and waited for him. The whole book is a confession of a mentally unstable woman. About the main character … I did not understand her. I can say that she is mad. I do not understand the kind of love, because of which a woman can spoil her life. Maybe she just liked to suffer. In her place, any other girl would understand that there is really nothing to love! She created the image of a man, created his way of life, character and believed that being away from him, she knows him better than anyone else. Yes, and I think she was satisfied with the situation...

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Beware of Pity

January 29, 2017 Novel

It is a book that makes the reader think seriously. Then close it and think again. And once more … and never reach a certain conclusion. Because it is impossible to say about described situation: it was necessary to do some things and it wasn’t necessary to do another ones. It is not the case when the reader, looking at the situation, clearly can see when something goes wrong and how everything could be fixed. No, Stefan Zweig plunges us into a story where, even knowing how it ends, you feel a certain helplessness and understand that there is no “right” desicion and couldn’t be the “right” one. There is only a choice that each of us will make at any particular moment. But sometimes this choice becomes fatal for someone else. Even if we do not want to. Even if we wanted the best. All the characters in this story aren’t perfect. But there are no bad people among them. They are just ordinary people, with their weaknesses. Continuing to talk about the main characters of the novel, I want to note that there are no good and bad people. All four are just ordinary people. Everyone has advantages and disadvantages. For example, Edith. At first glance, she is a capricious child....

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The Dream Room

January 26, 2017 Novel

I still cannot believe that this book was written by Remarque. It is different. It is not about a war, it is not about a lost generation. It is something lofty and unimaginable. Remarque was always able to convey to the reader some of his thoughts and reasonings in a simple and understandable language, whatever his thoughts were about. There are so many thoughts in this book that it is almost impossible to understand everything and to comprehend it. “The Dream Room” is an ode to love. To life, spring and happiness. Ode to faith in yourself, in others, in real feelings and in the desire to live. The main character is Fritz. But hi is not just an ordinary character. He is the person who represented a God for all guests of the The Dream Room. Thanks to him, everyone found himself. There is no need to describe in detail the behavior and life of the characters of the book. In the end, everyone became happy in his own way. And even when Fritz left theThe Dream Room, his soul remained with everyone. Depersting from the original idea, I can say that Fritz, despite he was self-denial and had a desire to make the people around him happy, he was a miserable person. The...

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

January 24, 2017 Novel

I really like the self-titled movie, it’s gorgeous. But the book is a real masterpiece. It would seem that the entire story is already familiar to me and the book is unlikely to be anything that can surprise me, but it managed to do it. Especially I liked the author’s language, it is extraordinary, very colorful and bright. The writer harmoniously combines incompatible things and this is quite interesting. The main character of the novel is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He was born on the market square among slop and dead fish, he had little chance to survive, but he could. Grenouille was endowed with a special gift, he had an excellent sense of smell, which caught and kept in memory all the smells that had ever met. Initially, the circumstances in which the protagonist was born make us feel sympathize with this poor child, because no one knows that he will become a monster, which will kill to achieve his goal. The novel is exciting from the very beginning by an unpleasant description of the local market, which from the first lines dips the reader into the world of smells. The author tells how Paris smells, how people, rivers, houses smell...

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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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