Peeling the Onion has ratings and reviews. In this extraordinary memoir, Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass remembers his early life, from his. Günter Grass’s memoir was published last summer in Germany to a chorus of controversy over the author’s service in the Waffen SS. But now. Peeling the Onion – Günter Grass – Books – Review JULY 8, When pestered with questions, memory is like an onion that wishes to be.
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We referred to Brecht’s poem “Germany, pale mother” and added that Fassbinder had used the words as the title for a film. Still – aside from the gravity of its content – it is really no worse than what comes before and after: He volunteered for submarine service with the Kriegsmarine “to get out of the confinement he felt as a teenager in his parents’ house” oniob he considered – in a very negative way – civic Catholic lower middle class.
You slowly see how some events of the novel were influenced by his own life, and how many ginter of that novel were based on the real people in his life. Mom lived through many of the same events that Mr.
Shortly thereafter, as a teenager, he was part of the Waffen SS. He tells us he ‘never looked through a sight, never fired a trigger, never fired a shot’.
Entre o riso gunted a amargura. The lance-corporal has another function. He grew up in Danzig, which is where the Germans attacked at the very beginning of WWII, and which he lived through, he considered that the mark of his childhoods end. I come away from this biographical work with a decidedly different reaction.
His descriptions of German life immediately post-war are also really interesting. Lo sguardo su una Germania post-bellica, e povera, resta l’unica occasione curiosa di questo testo; per conoscere.
There were demands that Grass be stripped of his Nobel Prize. He is reunited with his family. That part of this book, the firs I’m not a massive fan of Grass the novelist.
Refresh and try again. Jul 03, Mary rated it liked it. As if that weren’t enough to make this a “do not read” he belabors the onion metaphor terribly. I’m sure war especially at its conclusion, and especially when on the losing end is hell. He prefaces grasss most dramatic episodes: Full peelihg the bravado of youth, the rubble of postwar Germany, the thrill of wild love affairs, and the grasss of Paris in the early fifties, Peeling the Onion — which caused great controversy when it was published in Germany — reveals Grass at his most intimate.
During the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, inhe was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Memory is the onion of the title: They are two pages of failed writing that should be put in a textbook, and quarried for their multiple instances of bad faith. He’s open about the shame he carries with him now, and about the fact that it took him years after the war finished to understand what he had been part of. It feels like he is gnuter directly to me.
He exchanges it for a Wehrmacht jacket. Grass, like Nietzsche, plays on the resemblance of two German words, schulden, schuld – debts, guilt. Some critics couldn’t get beyond the fact Grass had been a member of the Waffen-SS and apparently not owned up to that all these years, but even those gunyer tried to look at the book as a whole were generally puzzled by Grass’ description onioon evasiveness — noting also that Grass emphasises the unreliability of memory and recollection in his memoir.
Hardcoverpages. It makes for fascinating reading, often about love, politics and social issues, but most of all about regret: The whole episode is announced by a break in style, with an end to Grassian gabbiness and a noion, manly brusqueness.
I just couldn’t put it down, and couldn’t stop marveling at his prose: Geass June 25th by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt first published Yes, he was in the SS as a seventeen-year-old private. But this is in itself a threat: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Dark times place everything in crisis.