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The Tin Drum (Vintage War) Paperback – 3 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099597578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099597575
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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"Given Grass's close involvement with this new translation, it is fair to call this the definitive version of arguably the most important German novel of the post-war era." (Observer)

"Grass published his milestone of postwar literature 50 years ago, and the event is being celebrated with new translations...Mitchell's excellent translation reveals the novel as a timeless masterpiece." (The Times)

"Funny, macabre, disgusting, blasphemous, pathetic, horrifying, erotic, it is an endless delirium, an outrageous phantasmagoria in which dust from Goethe, Hans Andersen, Swift, Rabelais, Joyce, Aristophanes and Rochester dances on the point of a needle in the flame of a candle that was not worth the game" (Daily Telegraph)

"At the ages of fourteen and fifteen, I had read Great Expectations twice - Dickens made me want to be a writer - but it was reading The Tin Drum at nineteen and twenty that showed me how. It was Günter Grass who demonstrated that it was possible to be a living writer who wrote with Dickens' full range of emotion and relentless outpouring of language. Grass wrote with fury, love, derision, slapstick, pathos - all with an unforgiving conscience." (John Irving, New York Times Book Review)

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‘Thus my task was destruction’

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Vintage is launching a unique collection of war fiction. April 2014 will see the publication of twelve works by the greatest writers of the last century, each tackling this most powerful and universal of subjects.

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As wonderful as when it first came out.
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This is a review of the audiobook..not the book!

This is a 20 CD entire reading which is very well done. Nice and true to the dark humour.

Ok it's an American reader but throw away your prejudice. The new translation seems a bit less stuffy than the Ralph Mannheim of the Penguin edition.

A bargain but little love invested in the packaging - but hey its all about the story - Oscar lives!
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Always wanted to read this book. It is an engrossing but challenging read that provides some insight into Germany around the last war. The book enables you to suspend disbelief and join the characters in their travels.
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Good condition
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 7 May 2002
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Personally, I thought that 'Gentlemen Take Polaroids' was a much better album- despite the fact that 'Some Kind of Fool' was ousted for 'Ain't that Peculiar' and songs like 'Life Without Buildings' were left off...'Tin Drum' is moving towards Sylvian's forays into solo-electronica ('Bamboo Music')- though it does have great production from Steve Nye (who would reproduce this sound on The Cure's 'The Walk'). 'The Art of Parties' gets right to the heart of the matter, not far from 'Scary Monsters'-Bowie, this is not as good as the extended take on 'Oil on Canvas' (though 1984's 'Pulling Punches' does this kind of thing with a whole lot more panache)...'Talking Drum' is a very odd synth record, that moves off towards Oriental-sounds and seems to feature less and less of 'the band'...'Ghosts' is one of those great moments- basically a Sylvian solo-single in all but name- it takes the stripped Satie-influence exhibited on 'Despair' & 'Night Porter' to a new electronic domain. It would influence trip-hop (what is Tricky singing in a Matt Johnson voice at the end of Maxinquaye's 'Aftermath'?) and drum'n'bass (the early Goldie track Refuge Kru's 'Ghosts of My Life'); sonically it's an inversion of the industrial sound that acts like Eric B & Rakim and Public Enemy would perform. A key single, despite its allusions to Beckett and Brecht and the perversity of not using Mick Karn...'Canton' is a gorgeous instrumental that does feature the band- there is a 'world music' flavour here- a year or so before Peter Gabriel would move in this direction. This is the type of music Sylvian would explore further with 'Words with the Shaman'...'Still Life in Mobile Homes' (?) comes across as Talking Heads meets Yellow Magic Orchestra- the Oriental vocal rather similar to the earlier 'Methods of Dance'.Read more ›
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This was ALWAYS a great album. This re-release has added the fairy dust of modern production and has made the whole thing sparkle anew.
For the most part I DETEST (and usually avoid) the record companies' rapacious repackaging and re-releasing ad nauseam (vast extra profit for little extra outlay) but this is a worthwhile repeat buy. The packaging is sumptuous and the sound has been very greatly enhanced.
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fell in love with this album on its release in '81 & wore out my vinyl copy of it.Brilliant production & excellent musicianship make this album a must have. Extra tracks included are a bit of waste though.Single edits of Ghosts & The Art of Parties are very similar to the album versions,the live version of Art of Parties is lifted from "Oil on Canvas". You only know it's "live" when the audience clap at the end. Overall a stunning album with stand outs being "Sons of Pioneers" & the instumental "Canton".
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Japan certainly qualify as one of the most sophisticated and sublimely talented pop groups of the 1980's with the distinctive vocal styling of David Sylvian and Mick Khan's excellent fretless bass work standing out. My favourite track here is the highly successful and beautifully atmospheric 'Ghosts' with the likes of 'Canton', 'Cantonese Boy' and 'Visions Of China' providing strong back-up on the 8 track line-up. Sadly, Japan's reign didn't last much beyond the early 80's, but this along with the band's back catalogue e.g 'Gentlemen Take Polaroids' are well worth checking out.
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