Monday, April 13, 2015

'Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.'

So long, Günter. There was a period of my life that lasted about ten years, maybe longer, when I was constantly reading Grass's novels. My first (bad, unpublished) novel steals a great deal from Dog Years and, now that I think about it, The Tin Drum. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a copy of Katz und Maus, the second book of the "Danzig Trilogy," which I intend to read auf Deutsch this summer. Maybe sooner.

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  1. Yes, I agree: books are sacred.
    I wonder sometimes about people who never read books. I do not think I could live that kind of life. BTW, did you know that this week is National Library Week? I have offered a small tribute at Beyond Eastrod to the occasion.
    And I do remember being passionate about The Tin Drum many decades ago. I wonder if it would affect me the same way if I were to read it again now. Perhaps it is one of those books that I ought to leave shelved within my memory. Do you have books like that -- ones that you've read in the past but do not care to revisit (a strategy for preserving good memories of those reading experiences)?

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    1. I try to avoid reading anything I liked as a teen, frankly. It's not that I am afraid of spoiling my memory of it; mostly I'm sure that what I was reading back then was pretty bad. I'm willing to bet that Tin Drum holds up, though. I plan to read Grass's The Flounder again soon. That's one heck of a book.

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    2. I guess I'll find out soon; Tin Drum is on my TBR pile.

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    3. I stole a whole bit about eel fishing from The Tin Drum for my own novel. I didn't realize I'd stolen from Grass until I was working on the fourth or fifth draft. It's a good book; lots of stuff to plunder--I mean, hugely inspirational.

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  2. Yes, The Flounder is a fine book. The Tin Drum is of course a favorite, too.

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    1. I also have a fondness for Local Anesthetic despite all the gull droppings. Maybe next year I'll read a lot of Gunter Grass novels.

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