- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 729 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: FISCHER E-Books; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: German
- ASIN: B010OTB7MG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (German Edition) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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The feeling of underlying dissatisfaction does break through during certain touching episodes in the characters' more poignant reflections. Nevertheless, Brussig adds a drop of humour, to ensure a more light-hearted read. From over-exaggerated stereotypes (hippies, free-thinking actors and Existentialist artists) to sarcastic nicknames; from Micha's Western uncle's entirely legal `smuggling' attempts to his father's repeated but rarely effective claims to `write a letter of complaint', the novel moves from one witty anecdote to another, maintaining our engagement from the first to the last page. Readers cannot help but let out a snigger or allow a smile to cross their lips whilst reading this stylistically simple but comically rich text.
Although this less profound style is perhaps not to every reader's taste, it may be ideal for those who enjoy texts from the wave of German 'Pop Literatur'. With its typically witty protagonist, colloquial manner of expression and a narrative enriched with contemporary culture, Brussig does not deviate from this dynamic style that provides the reader with an eyewitness account of both characters and culture.
Filled with memorable images of the Berlin pre-Wende lifestyle, in this novel we can clearly picture the GDR `souvenir' shop, the busloads of Western tourists and the boys' interaction with the border guards. It is also interspersed with allusions to the fanaticism and political subversion surrounding music and the record industry as well as the drugs and alcohol scene. This collage of culture puts us in a fly-on-the-wall position, creating an almost cinematic experience for readers, which contributes greatly to making it a thoroughly insightful and enjoyable read.
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Sehr gut. If my younger sister read German, i'd recommend it. Sadly, I don't know many who would be able to read it, so to anyone out there who can read and comprehend German, I recommend this book!
The novel itself is part school-novel, part teenage romance, and part everything else. Quite postmodern in its inter-relation to music and film (not to mention the Haussmann film starring Alex Scheer), it is a very enjoyable read. Even intermediate German students should be able to read it with little difficulty. I reserved the final star only because it's a little too short, in my opinion, to really reach beyond "cute" or "novel accompanying hit film" and make an interesting statement about our relationship with our past.
I highly recommend this novel to all... hopefully a translation will appear soon for the Anglo/American audience (I know at least one person working on one, but who knows if it'll be published).