Buddenbrooks

Buddenbrooks

The Decline of A Family

eBook - 2011
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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 : Vintage eBooks, [2011]
ISBN: 9780307780959
0307780953
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Woods, John E. (John Edwin)

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snake_daddy_2027
Jun 09, 2018

What I really enjoy about this book is the descriptive prose. The author goes to great lengths to describe all the minute details of every room and characters' attire. It was a bit jarring at first to see so much of the first chapter devoted to descriptions instead of dialog, thoughts, or action but I quickly got used to it and loved how it seemed to sharpen the spirit of the book and make everything feel much more vivid.

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kleokleopatra66
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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