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The Tin Drum

But when his second love, the diminutive Roswitha, is killed by Allied troops in the invasion of NormandyOskar returns to his family in Danzig where he becomes the leader of a criminal youth gang akin to the Edelweiss Pirates. Although it’s not the same drum all the time, because continuously drumming such a thing wears it out after a couple of weeks, and the drum has to be replaced.

There are awful images and episodes that stick with me. But Oskar is disappointed to find that the baby persists in growing up, and will not join him graass ceasing to grow at the age of three.

The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

I wonder how many tears he shed while he wrote this book which I haven’t read yet At times, it gets a bit trying but Oscar is too busy showing off to care about your time. View all 15 comments. Powerful film of a powerful novel. Like Oskar, he was an opportunist. He then meets and grass Vittlar.


Sep 09, Beata rated it it was amazing. He himself corrects lies he has told you half a book before – putting an gntwr on everything he says. Ich bin wirklich kein Kenner oder ausgesprochener Liebhaber von Lyrik, aber diese Art der Schilderung sprach mich sehr an. I gather this is supposed to reflect German societies refusal to accept the realities of the rise of Nazism and their complicity in it. At the tender age of three he decides to quit growing.

A reviewer might have described it as ‘sardonically irreverant’ had not Waiting for Guffman been the source of the phrase. The Germans are shown as crass, vulgar and materialistic boobs while the Poles are portrayed as dim-witted yocals.

This is the lodestar, the mandrake root, the intrepid ooze making friends in the lukewarm pools of primeval poetry.

Disgusted with so much along the way, but to my great surprise I found myself touched. He married in and since lived in Berlin as well as part-time in Schleswig-Holstein. His son Oskar, however, seeing his father so involved and inflamed, slipped away unnoticed and hurried off toward the Arsenal Arcade, because he was worried about his drums of white and red lacquered tin. The story uses Brecht’s concept of distancing to keep us from identifying with the characters.

View all 6 comments. Right at the beginning he lets his narrator issue the following statement about the so-called “crisis” of modern novel: Divorced inhe remarried in Cover of the first German edition.

Günter Grass – Die Blechtrommel : Kommentar und Materialien

Bldchtrommel then life forces us to grow up. He betrays both his fathers and his street-gang-followers to save himself. Joan McConnell Yes, it is; I just checked.


You can start a story in the middle, then strike out boldly backward and forward to create confusion. There is an aspect to violence that disconnects from everyday reality.

In the first extract quoted, you’ll note that Grass veers from third to first person, from Oskar to I. Sie pfiff, ohne ein Lied zu meinen, und scharrte mit dem Haselstock die erste gare Kartoffel aus der Asche. He wasn’t the German soldier who feels sorry for what he did.

But the little drummer boy picks it up again and starts drumming stronger and louder than ever, in fact he says that the he is not narrating his story, but rather drumming it. The plot, characters, and setting are all top-notch, but what makes Drum a stellar read is its tone.

Outside the ruin, civilians and men in uniforms were piling up books, sacral objects, and strange pieces of cloth. The Poles claimed him as one of their own and their hearts were gladdened whenever he spoke Polish in public for which they cannot be blamed.

He illustrates that survival is not a circumstantial matter but rather a mindset you choose to adapt.

Heil, Oskar Koljaiczek Matzerath-Bronski! View all 4 comments. It might be something else, something really painful.