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Till Eulenspiegel: His Adventures (World's Classics) Paperback – 19 Jan 1995

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3.0 out of 5 stars A uniquely European take on the trickster myth 15 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A classic of German literature which spawned a thousand watered-down progeny, _Till Eulenspiegel_ is a cheerfully scatalogical (but never raunchy) collection of loosely related fablieux-like vignettes depicting the life and times of the eponymous hero. It's little-known in the English-speaking world, largely because of the lack of a good, faithful translation, and this edition is obviously intended to remedy the situation.
It's a worthy goal, and the translation itself is lively and fluid without straying too far from its Germanic roots. The story itself is a good read, which moves too quickly from scene to scene to ever get boring. The trickster hero more or less devotes his life to deflating the pompous, the rich, the smug, the petty, and anyone else who dares obstruct his merry path through life. He does this largely by interpreting figurative or idiomatic phrases literally, like an infuriating younger sibling, but there are a good many tales that centre around more complex and witty scams, and it's these which make the book worth considering as a read. And, like other books in the _World's Classics_ series, the introductory essay is broad-ranging and stimulating.
It's not _Gulliver's Travels_ or _The Decameron_, but it's a very respectable cousin to both.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Completely awful 25 Aug. 2006
By J. Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Till Eulenspiegel" consists of a series of vignettes about a young man who roams through Germany and other countries having adventures, playing tricks on people and goofing off. It seems like the punchline of every single story has to do with Euelenspiegel defecating on or in something or someone. That's it. That's the book's running joke. I suppose if you were an illiterate German peasant sitting around a hearth fire in the 1500s, you'd find these tales of feces and bad puns hilarious, but I didn't. Dumb humor doesn't become entertaining just because it's old. Of course, since a good majority of modern Americans are probably less sophisticated than an illiterate German peasant from 400 years ago, perhaps Till Eulenspiegel is due for a comeback. Hollywood could cast Johnny Knoxville as this retarded crapped crusader, and he could crap all over American audiences, who will double over with laughter at every fart noise.
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