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The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

I had an intense reaction to this book. I friggin hated it. Or, rather, I loved to hate it, while I was reading it. It was an assignment in a Postmodern Lit. class, and everyone in the class liked the protagonist but me. I thought he was awful. I couldnt believe they enjoyed him, much less admitted to enjoying him. But some part of me must have understood.

...That was the point. This is a story I felt in my stomach. It was so full of perversion, of the grotesque, and I was 20 and a good girl and wanted so badly to not be drawn to it but there I was, ploughing through. Disgusted with so much along the way, but to my great surprise I found myself touched. I cried for a character I thought I was completely repelled by. I couldnt believe it. And at the end, when I reached the last page, when I finished and shut the book...I was grateful. Not to have finished it; I was grateful that I got to read it in the first place.

There are awful images and episodes that stick with me. It is not pleasant to revisit them. But you know what? With every bit of my smiley, idealistic being I say...Thank God. (Or, rather, Thank Grass.) There isnt always easy beauty, or recognizable beauty around us. Oftentimes the beauty is buried in dirt and hard-earned, and doesnt even look like anything lovely at all once you get to it. But you hold it in your hands and it will move you. And if youre lucky, it will change you.
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The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel)

It was mostly shot in West Germany. In , Joseph Kolaizcek, the grandfather of Oskar Matzerath, the main character, is being pursued by the police through rural Kashubia located in modern-day Poland. He hides underneath the skirts of a young woman named Anna Bronski. He has sex with her and she tries to hide her emotions, as the troops pass close by. She later gives birth to their daughter, who is Oskar's mother. Joseph evades the authorities for a year, but when they find him again, he either drowns or escapes to America and becomes a millionaire. The two men are great friends.

Oskar David Bennent , born to a German rural family in the s, Oskar David Bennent , born to a German rural family in the s, becomes disgusted with the behavior of adults and decides, on his third birthday, not to grow any more, preferring instead to beat his tin drum a birthday present and shatter glass with his shrill scream. As he "ages," little. Oskar continues to observe the hypocritical behavior of adults, beating out a constant tattoo on his tin drum to control the world around him. His small stature also makes for a very peculiar relationship with a teenage girl, Maria Katharina Thalbach , who is also mistress to a much older, and. Director Volker Schlondorff brilliantly translates Grass' allegorical treatment of the rise of Nazism and manages to suggest much of the novelist's complex. Only Oskar, in his singularly demented way, is the voice of reason, proclaiming, "Once there was a credulous people who believed in Santa Claus, but Santa Claus turned out to be the gas man.

In , Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. Katharina Thalbach, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski, Mario Adorf, David Bennent, Tina Engel, Berta Drews, Roland Teubner.
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  1. The Tin Drum is a dance of death, a grotesque vision of lost childhood and the rise of Nazism.

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