Buddenbrooks

Buddenbrooks

The Decline of A Family

Book - 1994
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Follows four generations of a north German family as they decline, financially and morally, from prosperity to bankruptcy.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1994
ISBN: 9780679752608
0679752609
Characteristics: 731 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Woods, John E. (John Edwin)

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A novel rich in detail and scenery about the lives of a 19th Century German family. Recommended for fans of family sagas.

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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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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Death was a blessing, so great, so deep that we can fathom it only at those moments, like this one now, when we are reprieved from it. It was the return home from long, unspeakably painful wanderings, the correction of a great error, the loosening of tormenting chains, the removal of barriers---it set a horrible accident to rights again.

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