The Flounder Paperback – 21 Jul 1997
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"A masterpiece by one of the most gifted and original of contemporary writers. It is a book that will repay study and rereading. Only a churlish, insular reader could fail to respond to its bold and exhilarating historical sweep, its poetic celebration of food and the arts of cooking" (New Statesman)
"Grass spices his potent brew with a juicy concoction of tales and anecdotes, and a rich, Rabelaisian humour" (Daily Telegraph)
"I know of no one else capable of writing anything like it" (Sunday Times)
"Grass is one of the few great writers in Europe today" (Sunday Telegraph)
Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass takes as his theme the relationships between food, women and war as he re-imagines the fairy tale of The Fisherman and His Wife.See all Product Description
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Fun in places, the Flounder himself has a 'voice' a bit like Mel Brooks in The 1000 Year Old Man sketch. Unfortunately the Flounder is not quite so funny. The book is long and meandering and although much publicity at the time referred to its 'Rabeliasan humour' (had it been written in English the cliche would have reversed polarity to 'Joycean humour', trust me!) but the laughs are few and far between.
The passages that are set in the (then) contemporary 1970s have aged the most.
Into this,Grass also adds a talking fish,The Flounder,who has observed life on the Baltic coast for this time,and has advised and criticised both men and women over this age.The flounder is of ccourse the fish from the fairy story"The Fisherman's Wife".
The novel evolves into a very funny and well-written account of the relationship between men and women over the ages,from Stone Age matriarchy to a feminist tribunal judging the Flounder in 1970s West Berlin.Add in some poetry,a side-trip to India and making a TV documentary about restoring Baltic architecture(amongst other things)and you have one of Grass's best novels.Highly recommended.
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As Milton Schtoigl the great beat poet once said ' A foreign aspect; a new way of viewing home', this is the joy of The Flounder. Read morePublished on 22 May 2001