The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

The Tin Drum

On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.

Details The Tin Drum

TitleThe Tin Drum
Release DateJul 16th, 2018
GenreFiction, Classics, European Literature, German Literature, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literature, Cultural, Germany

Reviews The Tin Drum

  • Tia
    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 couldn't 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, ...
  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    Μαγικός ρεαλισμός προσδοκιών ή ρεαλιστική μαγεία συνείδησης, όπως και να το χαρακτηρίσω αυτό το ταμπούρλο... χτυπούσε και θα χτυπάει πάντα τον ρυθμό της ιστορίας. Αυτό το ταμπούρλο παίζει μελωδίες, τις μελωδίες του κόσμου. Με ποικιλία ρυθμική μας ...
  • ميقات الراجحي
    طبل الصفيح؛ تعدد السرد وطرح التساؤلات.. قراءة في رواية غونتر غراص : طبل الصفيح Die Blechtrommel - Günter Grassنص المادة مختصر قمت بنشره على موقع إنكتاب وقد وضعت رابطة بصفحتي على تويتر، وأنشره هنا الأن قيمة هذه العمل تكمن في صدقه تجاه الإنسان. وعندما منحت نوبل غرا...
  • Jr Bacdayan
    Heil, Oskar Koljaiczek Matzerath-Bronski! The drummer! The magical three-year-old! The hunchback! The Jesus! The Satan! The Goethe! The Rasputin! The arsonist reincarnate! The student! The destroyer of glass! The tempter! The Skat ace! The bane of propaganda assemblies! The war veteran! The Catholic! The disciple maker! The choir boy! The fizz blower! The father! The prodigal son! The entertainer! The tombstone engraver! The art model! The devote...
  • Dan
    My reaction to finishing this book was 'thank god that's over'. I thought it was interesting in the abstract, but at times I couldn't stand reading it. The unreliable main character Oskar, decides to stop growing at the age of three . He refuses to speak, and communicates by banging on his titular drum. I gather this is supposed to reflect German societies refusal to accept the realities of the rise of Nazism and their complicity in it. But I don...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    462. Die Blechtrommel = The Tin Drum, Günter GrassThe Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1959 novel by Günter Grass. The novel is the first book of Grass's Danziger Trilogie (Danzig Trilogy) and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. It was adapted into a 1979 film, which won both the Palme d'Or, in the same year, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the following year. The story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzera...
  • Bettie☯
    Re-visit 2015: Günter Grass, Nobel-winning German novelist, dies aged 87 Description: Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his f...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    Onions and Potatos In the very first chapter, I was reminded of Midnight Children because of Oscar's conversational tone of narrative - same as that of Saleem Shinai. Once MC was in my mind couldn't help locating similarities - both narrators start their stories with first meeting of their maternal grandparents, both like talking about sex, both of them feel need to hide from world (Oskar in grandmother's skirts, Shinai in londery box) etc. Stil...
  • مروان البلوشي
    ألمانيا، الأرض التي تصارعت عليها بكل قوة وعنف وحيوية مختلف تيارات وأهواء الثقافة الغربية والعالمية، الأرض التي جمعت بين دقة وبرود العقل وأشواق الروح الإنسانية (اعتذر عن هذا الكليشيه الرخيص)، هذه الأرض وجدت نفسها مدمرة تماماً بعد نهاية الحرب العا...
  • Jeb
    The plot, characters, and setting are all top-notch, but what makes Drum a stellar read is its tone. A reviewer might have described it as 'sardonically irreverant' had not Waiting for Guffman been the source of the phrase. Dripping with arrogance and wit against a macabre backdrop, The Tin Drum follows our sturdy-at-three-feet protagonist Oskar from his vivid recollections of his own birth through Hitler's occupations of Danzig, DE and Oskar's f...
  • Erwin
    "Granted: I'm an inmate in a mental institution."This opening line prepared me only a little to what was to come: a challenging, weird, unbelievable and extraordinary story. Oskar's drums and his drumming may still "haunt" me for some time after finishing his story. I am lost for more words here but one: recommended!
  • Mona
    Funny, Brechtian Story of a Murderous Dwarf who is a Genius DrummerThis is a tough book to review.The story uses Brecht's concept of distancing to keep us from identifying with the characters.The tale takes place in Germany and Poland, before, during, and after World War II.The main character and narrator is Oskar Matzerath, a dwarf (and later on, a hunchbacked dwarf), who develops a precocious genius for drumming as a toddler. His parents supply...
  • Elie F
    Painful because what is presented as entertainment is actually crime. Disturbing because what is responded by laughter should be responded by tears. This is a world unaware of its crime, and in the aftermath of the atrocity unable to mourn. There are a lot of brilliant use of symbolisms. The one that stuck with me the most is the peep hole Bruno used to observe Oskar which resembles the peep hole equipped in gas chamber to observe the struggle of...
  • Whitaker
    *Available from KOBOBOOKSThe most remarkable thing that strikes one about The Tin Drum is an absence. For a novel that so famously deals with Germany's war guilt, there is remarkably little about the war in the novel. I don't mean to say that the novel does not touch on or talk about World War II. Of course it does. There is, after all, two whole chapters dealing with the German invasion of Poland, for example, where Oskar, Jan Bronski, and a dyi...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    دوستانِ گرانقدر،این داستانِ جذاب، از زبانِ پسر بچه ای آلمانی به نامِ <اسکار> روایت میشود که علاقهٔ شدیدی به طبل زدن دارد و از سه سالگی به بعد، کوتوله قد مانده است و از نظر جسمانی رشد نکرده است**************از داستان مادربزرگ و تولدِ مادر او که بگذریم.. به آن...
  • Matt
    I knew this book is good, but I had no idea it were that good.The novel that is not novelOn the surface, this is a fairly simple, easy to read book. It's the first novel by Günter Grass and it was published in 1959. You would think an author of this caliber would produce something that has a sophisticated (or should I say complicated?) style, something awesome, something the literary world would have a hard time explaining. But — he didn't. Gr...
  • Teresa Proença
    Era uma vez um país chamado Polónia que foi invadido durante uma Guerra chamada de Segunda Mundial.Era uma vez um país chamado Alemanha que recuperava de uma Guerra.Era uma vez um tambor de lata tocado por um menino chamado Oskar que cresceu, anão e corcunda, e se tornou um músico famoso.Era uma vez um enfermeiro de um hospício chamado Bruno que cuidava e ouvia a história de Oskar.Era uma vez uma mulher chamada Anna que escondeu debaixo de...
  • فهد الفهد
    تنبيه: فيما يأتي كشف لأحداث الرواية.الطبل الصفيح قرأت الرواية ومن ثم شاهدت الفيلم الألماني الذي صنع منها سنة 1979 م، وحاز على أوسكار أفضل فيلم أجنبي، وقام بدور أوسكار فيه (دايفد بينيت) وأخرجه المخرج الألماني فولكر شلوندرف، فلذا سأتحدث عن الرواية وال...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    One crazy ride. Oskar is unlike any other character you will ever read about besides maybe Tyrion Lannister maybe. The book is a comic masterpiece, a fanciful rendering of Germany during the war and after. It is part vaudeville, part absurd, part insane and like nearly all great literature impossible to classify. The movie was also unbelievably great. If you want to read one book by this Nobel laureate, I would suggest starting here - you will ha...
  • Dagio_maya
    “Se Apollo aspirava all’armonia e Dioniso all’ebbrezza e al caos, Oskar era un piccolo semidio che portava l’armonia nel caos e la ragione nell’ebbrezza” Con grande piacere dichiaro terminata questa sfiancante lettura. Ci sono stati momenti che avrei voluto gridare sperando di trovare in me una tonalità “libricida”.Un fiume di parole e di scene assurde. I passaggi, continui e repentini (sovente all’interno della stessa frase!)...
  • Camille Stein
    ¿Qué más diré? Nací bajo bombillas, interrumpí deliberadamente el crecimiento a los tres años, recibí un tambor, rompí vidrio con la voz, olfateé vainilla, tosí en iglesias, nutrí a Lucía, observé hormigas, decidí crecer, enterré el tambor, huí a Occidente, perdí el Oriente, aprendí el oficio de marmolista, posé como modelo, volví al tambor e inspeccioné cemento, gané dinero y guardé un dedo, regalé el dedo y huí riendo;...
  • Jonfaith
    Funny I missed rating and reviewing this jewel. This is the lodestar, the mandrake root, the intrepid ooze making friends in the lukewarm pools of primeval poetry. This was the point of departure. A hallowed book I finished in a laundromat. I almost can't remember my reading life before wee Oskar. Eels, fizz, post offices, onions and Dusters have littered my imagination seemingly forever. I wanted to read the new translation and likely will somed...
  • Sandra
    Romanzo visionario, sempre in bilico tra realtà e allucinazione, sgradevole, complesso. Pesa sul lettore un senso di oppressione e di angoscia, un disgusto di fondo dovuto alle immagini forti e ai dettagli che Oskar il tamburino descrive con maniacale precisione di quanto accade dentro e fuori di lui, da prima che venisse al mondo, dalla fine del 1800, fino al compimento dei suoi 30 anni, nel 1954. Tutto nasce da sotto le quattro gonne di nonna ...
  • Fatema Hassan , bahrain
    دهاء الحبكة هنا يستحق تقييم عالٍ ولكن أين هي الحبكة تحديدًا لنبدأ في تفهمها؟ أعتقد أن كل من قيّم الرواية سأل نفسه هذا السؤال! من أين نفهم غراس؟ فالقدرة على قراءة هذه الرواية ..و ليس القدرة على كتابتها هو ما يستحق جائزة نوبل فهي لم تكن هينة أبدًا نظرً...
  • Emil Astalus
    "What more shall I say: born under light bulbs, deliberately stopped growing at age of three, given drum, sang glass to pieces, smelled vanilla, coughed in churches, observed ants, decided to grow, buried drum, emigrated to the West, lost the East, learned stonecutter's trade, worked as model, started drumming again, visited concrete, made money, kept finger, gave finger away, fled laughing, rode up escalator, arrested, convicted, sent to mental ...
  • Czarny Pies
    Gunter Grass is the only winner of the Nobel Prize able to speak Kaszub a weird Slavic language still spoken in the area of Danzig. Perhaps realizing that he spoke a language that belonged to the world of myth and magic but not to his own century, Grass decided to convert his experiences into a twentieth century fairy tale.The hero Little Oskar is a boy born in the Free City of Danzig, a state that was created by the 1919 Treaty of Paris and liqu...
  • Maureen
    The world portrayed in The Tin Drum is brutal and harsh, and, at the same time freakishly strange. There is an aspect to violence that disconnects from everyday reality. In this book, seen through the eyes of its diminutive hero, it becomes downright surreal. Though the tone may be fantastic, Grass does a better job of capturing life under Nazi rule than anything else I have ever read. Even in translation, his language is dazzling, and one thing ...
  • Semjon
    Wie gerne hätte ich diesem Klassiker die volle Sternenzahl gegeben und ihn zu einem meiner Lieblingsbüchern erklärt. Nach zwei Dritteln sah es noch absolut danach aus, doch der dritte und letzte Teil ließ einen Schatten über das ganze Werk fallen. Ich bewerte daher die Teile einzeln: 1. und 2. Teil in Danzig: jeweils 5 Sterne. Der 3. Teil in Düsseldorf: 2 Sterne. Ergibt die mathematischen 4 Sterne. Ich will in meiner Rezension gar nicht gro...
  • Drew
    Pop quiz: what's the name of that book with the physically deformed protagonist who's got paternity uncertainty and lives his own country's history? You know, he's got a superpower that sort of fades in and out as the book progresses, and, if I recall correctly, a relative who can cook feelings into soups. And he falls in with a group of weird kids with comical nicknames like Eyeslice and PuttPutt. No, it's not Midnight's Children. I'm talking ab...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    I am not sure how to rate this book. I am not sure if I like it or hate it. It is just out of this world and Gunter Grass (Nobel Prize in Literature awardee) is just in his own league. The book is about a midget who refused to grow up. He decided to stop growing up at the age of 3 when he also started to beat his drum. His story as a child (Book 1) coincides with the pre-holocaust period in Poland. The scenes that struck me here the most are the ...