What I really enjoy about this book is the descriptive prose. The author goes to great lengths to describe all the minute details of every room and characters' attire. It was a bit jarring at first to see so much of the first chapter devoted to descriptions instead of dialog, thoughts, or action but I quickly got used to it and loved how it seemed to sharpen the spirit of the book and make everything feel much more vivid.
a really good book descibing the live, morals and idiologies of higher middle class families in the late 1800's. goes sometimes into too drawn out detaield descriptions. once one gets past those one really gets a very insightful look as to what life in north-eastern germany was like in that time period. it really gets into peoples heads. anyone interested in history is sure to like this, it does take some patience to get past all the too detailed descriptions though. being german and having read this book at a young age in german i can probably relate more to it than the average american reader. however anyone with an open mind and given to histsory will be sure to enjoy this very realistic novel.
I believe this was Mann's first novel ... and what a family saga it is! I read this so long ago and I still have not forgotten what a terrific piece of writing it is, though I read the superior translation of John E. Woods. The story follows the lives and deaths of each member of the declining Buddenbrook family.
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