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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Rowohlt Taschenbuch (Dec. 2009)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3499253038
  • ISBN-13: 978-3499253034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 2.7 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Wie eine Kundin sagte auf ihre Rezension : "Die Vermessung der Welt" erzählt vom Leben zweier Genies: Carl Friedrich Gauß und Alexander von Humboldt, von dem Spannungsfeld der realen menschlichen Existenz und dem inneren Drang zum Außerordentlichen.
Man kann sich des Eindrucks nicht erwehren, dass auch Daniel Kehlmann selbst dieses Spannungsfeld im Übermaß kennt und sich sehr viele Facetten seines eigenen Wesens in diesem Buch widerspiegeln."

Aus Amazon Produktbeschreibung: " Humboldt auf seinen strapaziösen Exkursionen nach Südamerika, Gauß dagegen eher zerrissen zwischen der hehren Welt der Zahlen und dem schnöden Alltag, denn auch ein Genie hat Zahnschmerzen und muss sich mit Frau und Kindern herumplagen. Die Komik des Romans speist sich dabei nicht nur aus den ironisch beleuchteten Charakteren von Gauß und Humboldt, sondern auch aus der Spannung zwischen Größe und Lächerlichkeit. Humboldts große Forschungsreise nach Russland etwa gerät zur Farce, weil er schon zu berühmt ist: die ganze Expedition gerät zur Massenveranstaltung mit über 100 Teilnehmern, und statt zu Forschen verbringt Humboldt die meiste Zeit auf Empfängen. "
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I enjoyed the frist chapter, but found it tedious after that. I know it is a very famous book, and I have read and translated short stories by the author which I enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 13 Aug. 2014
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This is an incredibly funny and entertaining book that I enjoyed reading. My American friends read it in English translation and had trouble distinguishing the humor - reading it in German will certainly alleviate that problem though I figure the language is rather demanding for a non-native speaker. People versed in original German literature from that time period will certainly get a kick out the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted story 8 July 2015
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An interesting, surprising plot that brings together two very distinct personalities in the German culture. Easy to read, since the style avoids ponderous language.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bestseller with somewhat tedious dialogues 21 Dec. 2012
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I ordered this book because it was on the German Bestseller List for some time and is currently being made into a movie. The premise sounds interesting enough - the lives of Alexander Humboldt and Friedrich (?) Gauss intersecting in history. Humboldt was a famous explorer in the Americas, Gauss an equally famous mathematician at home who hated to travel. Both were interested in "measuring the world", as the title suggests.
I don't know enough about history to judge the veracity of the novel, although I believe the two never met in reality. Previous reviews had praised the dialogues as being especially clever. It would have been helpful if the text had used contemporary quotation marks. As it stands, the dialogues become tedious after a while; that might be even more true for a non-native speaker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for something like TC Boyle in German 4 Jan. 2014
By James Connor - Published on Amazon.com
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and this seems like a pretty good fit. Funny, intellectual. I haven't read anything else yet by Kehlman, but at least this novel isn't weighted down by endless ruminations about the war, nor does it wrap itself in knots trying to be politically correct. Which I haven't always easily found in modern German literature. If you are a science or history buff, or appreciate German culture, there's a good chance you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 1 Jan. 2014
By Gloria Lutz - Published on Amazon.com
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I could I t put this book down. Very well written and highly entertaining and somewhat educational! Somewhat forcing my friends to read it as well...
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