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In derelict Dresden a cultivated middle class family does all it can to cope amid the Communist downfall This striking tapestry of the East German experience is told through the tangled lives of a s. DNF The Tower Der Turm has been praised as a masterpiece of describing life in East Germany in the 1980s the struggle of people against a doomed regime based on secrets and lies And yet I m throwing in the towel I just can t get past the ridiculous writing style and the overblown descriptions in this bookObviously I am not going to comment on the plot the characters or the historical accuracy as I haven t finished the book What I will say tho is that 200 pages in neither plot characters or setting managed to capture me or made me want to suffer through another 800 pages of writing that was nearly as spurious convoluted and self congratulatory as that of my recent encounter with Elizabeth Bowen and that is saying something

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Orm or toed the perilous line between East and West Poetic heartfelt and dramatic The Tower vividly resurrects the sights scents and sensations of life in the GDR as it hurtled towards 9 November 19. This book is already worth reading even if it is just for one conversation described between a father and a son

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Oldier surgeon nurse and publisher With evocative detail Uwe Tellkamp masterfully reveals the myriad perspectives of the time as people battled for individuality retreated to nostalgia chose to conf. I chose this because life in the GDR is a fascinating topic and this book really did reward meIts characters reminded me of those in Grossman s Life and Fate all were complex struggling with uneasy moral choices under the regime none heroes It was also reminiscent of LF in its epic scale allowing us into middle class life but also that of the state s institutions eg army hospitalWhat I hadn t been prepared for was its experiments with style The writing is beautifuloften with striking metaphors and similes as the book develops there are chapters written as stream of consciousness others solely as dialoguesoverheard conversations with multiple speakers sometimes found tricky to follow The structure of the latter part of the book reminded me at times of Dos Passos USA with its inter chapters and inclusion of contemporary historical materialThere is no real resolution which ends in autumn 1989with the lead up to the destruction of the Berlin Wall the futures of the characters remain unc


10 thoughts on “Der Turm Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land

  1. says:

    DNF The Tower Der Turm has been praised as a masterpiece of describing life in East Germany in the 1980s the struggle of people against a doomed regime based on secrets and lies And yet I'm throwing in the towel I just can't get past the ridiculous writing style and the overblown descriptions in this bookObviously I am not going to

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  3. says:

    uite a challange but very worth wile Reminds me a little of Peter Nadas´ book The book of remembering not sure if that is the english title as I read it in NorwegianDescribes the lives of a family in Dresden during the last years before the wall falls Through little details and small glimpses joined with sometimes brutal

  4. says:

    magisterial and failed a thousand page cringe fest arid scenes from the lives of the lifeless remember characters only in isolation m

  5. says:

    East Germany is an absolutely fascinating historical reality to contemplate – even by Eastern Bloc standards it was barmy and while at the time dubious athletic and economic success provided a veneer of ‘success’ as soon as Gorbachev reduced the lifeline of Soviet aid it was doomed Not that we realised that at the time however This book from Uwe Tellkamp all 1000 pages of it purports to chronicle the dying embers of this ludicrous nat

  6. says:

    I chose this because life in the GDR is a fascinating topic and this book really did reward meIts characters reminded me of those in Grossman's Life and Fate all were complex struggling with uneasy moral choices under the regime none heroes It was also reminiscent of LF in its epic scale allowing us into middle class life

  7. says:

    Wow Wow The Tower is THE novel you need to read to get under the skin of the late and now defunct German Democratic Republic The sto

  8. says:

    Very very good I had never been able to understand what living in Eastern Germany must have been like The Ulysses type of chapters were often beyond my comprehension of German but I seriously consider giving them a new try

  9. says:

    This book is already worth reading even if it is just for one conversation described between a father and a son

  10. says:

    Clicking read on this one made me prouder than others This was thick Makes Anna Karenina look like chick lit in larger part