PDF/EBOOK (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull)


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  • Thomas Mann
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  • 02 July 2020
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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull Read & Download Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook characters Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Thomas Mann Thomas Mann's final novel recounts the strange and entranced career of the gifted swindler Felix Krull through his childhood and early manhood Krull is a man unhampered by moral precepts that govern the conduct of ordinary mortals and this natural lack of scruple coupled with his formidable mental and physical endowments enables him to develop the arts of subterfuge and deception with astonishing success and to rise swiftly from poverty to affluence Following Krull along the shady paths his nature has de. In writing Felix Krull I wonder if Thomas Mann was trying to prove that after all his heavy duty works he could still turn out a romantic comedy although not the ordinary kind He s still Thomas Mann Magic Mountain is overshadowed by the inevitable coming of World War I Doktor Faustus directly confronts the evils of World War II Felix Krull takes place in 1895 a time when no one well no one but people like Bertha von Suttner had any inkling of the imminent tragedies of the 20th century Mann exercises his usual tricks but with a twist and a light touch He loves assuming the voice of an eccentric narrator This time it s a first person account by a no account fake maruis but a highly amusing fake who blithely tells his story for the refined and sensitive reader Krull assures us he only writes for a cultivated audience people cut from finer wood as he is himself Like Mann s other novels this one employs lots of teases to hook the reader On page nine Krull every so briefly mentions that he has served time in jail as well as lived in grand hotels And he likes grand hotels better But then he moves on and doesn t explain how he landed in jail though one could easily imagine Krull starts with his childhood and his close relationship to his godfather the painter with the improbable name Schimmelpreester who likes to paint his godson in the nude as well as in outrageous costumes such as a matador outfit a costume that plays a key roll at the end of the novel The refined reader can ignore the implications of this or he can fill in the part of the story that occurs off stage Like Tolstoy whom Mann worshipped the most important scenes are left behind a curtain Felix works his way up starting as an elevator boy in a grand hotel then a busboy and hits his stride as a waiter who serves a wealthy and frivolous clientele The main drift of the story is that Felix s schemes work because people want to be fooled So Felix steals a wealthy woman s jewels only to learn that she something of a sadist who loves humiliation would gladly give him in erotic play His charm and physical attractiveness becomes clear as people of both sexes offer him propositions Mann has a lot of fun with aristocratic pretensions as Krull easily assumes the identity of an aristocrat gets an audience with the king of Portugal and is awarded a medal so he can dress properly decorated for formal occasions One of the jewels of the book is Krull s letter home to the woman who is supposed to be his mother after he switched identities with a real aristocrat who wanted to continue slumming in Paris with a show girl Mother is delighted to receive such a polished and gracious and very long letter The fact that her real son could not possibly have written it just doesn t matter to her And she particularly likes his defense of the natural order of society because without beggars how could the upper classes show their sense of charity Aristocrats the wealthy mothers and even academics get skewered Mann himself came across especially to Americans as a professorial type even though he actually failed repeatedly in school and never went to college So I think there is a certain authorial empathy going on here Felix is a fake but he is genuinely interested in hearing the technical details of evolution from a distinguished paleontologist with the wonderful name of Professor KuckuckThey thoroughly enjoy each other s pretentions Well it goes on like this Supposedly an unfinished fragment the novel ends on a high note and really doesn t need any further elaboration Enough said

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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull

Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull Read & Download Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook characters Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Thomas Mann Stined him to take the reader moves through a world peopled by bizarre characters from the lowest to the highest reaches of European society Chameleon like Krull readily adapts himself to the situation of the moment and so adept in the practices of chicanery does he become that his victims almost seem to count themselves privileged And so it is too with the women who encounter the irresistible Krull for where Krull is the normal laws of human behavior are in suspenseOriginally the character of Felix Krul. Know that these are three loving stars given out of respect for what the novel accomplishes even though it s incomplete and most of the time aimless and wanderingConfessions of Felix Krull is Thomas Mann s attempt at the picaresue and Krull is something of a mix between Don uixote and Ignatius J Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces Parts of the novel are laugh out loud funny not a gut reaction I ve ever had to a Mann novel I m thinking in particular of a scene that could have been cut from Dunces where Krull a character very much like M Gustave H from Wes Anderson s film The Grand Budapest Hotel that is a character whose sexuality has nothing to do with a desire for men or women both of whom are eually at his disposal but with his erotic appetite for romantic civility is seduced by an older woman a novelist who calls him a slave in bed and wants him to call her a whore imagine Don uixote s reaction to something like this The scene is hilarious because he truly thinks she s chosen him for his social graces and charm he s a hotel elevator operator at this pointMann conceived of the book in 1905 published it as a short story in 1911 and attempted a novel the year before he died Imagine how different the Mann of 1954 must have been from the kid who first put Krull to paper That sort of disparity between decades of intellectual and emotional transformation deranges the plot of this novel unfortunately You never really get a grip on the trajectory which can delight a reader if one senses movement toward crisis or conclusion But the many faces of Felix Krull are not as the title would suggest the masks of a confidence man but rather the personas of different actors in different stories whose paths simply refuse to intersect Ultimately I m not sure if it s worth the read unless you re a Mannophile like myself Hence the three loving stars

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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull Read & Download Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook characters Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Thomas Mann L appeared in a short story Mann wrote in 1911 The story wasn't published until 1936 in the book Stories of Three Decades along with 23 other stories written from 1896 to 1929 the year in which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature Much later he expanded the original story into a novel managing to finish and publish Part 1 The Early Years of the Confessions of Felix Krull to great public success Due to Mann's death in 1955 the saga of the morally flexible and irresistible con man remains unfinish. WARNING This book review contains spoilersI would not recommend the book Confessions of Felix Krull by Thomas Mann to anyone I can honestly say it was one of the worst books I have ever readThe book is basically about a pretty boy who gets everything he wants in life I did enjoy the book at first but as the story progressed it became less believable and annoying Felix Krull the main character and narrator grew up in Germany As a child when Felix didn t want to go to school he would pretend to be sick so his parents wouldn t make him go Apparently he was so good at pretending to be sick that he actually gave himself legitimate symptoms such as a fever I admit that seemed like it was testing the limits of reality but I believed it for the sake of the story Felix s father owned a wine shop and Felix was a young adult his father s business went bankrupt Felix s family was evicted from their house so his father committed suicide This is where the book peaked for me Felix was distraught when his father died but his father s death did not seem to have much of a long term effect on Felix If my father killed himself I would never be the same Felix just continued to go about his life and hardly mentioned his father after his death A realistic situation would be if the tragic story of his father was his motivation for the rest of his life I was interested to see where Felix s life would take him at that point in the story The book had a lot of potential so far but Mann let me downAfter the death of Felix s father Felix s life continually and uickly took positive turns Felix s godfather Schimmelpreester got Felix a job as an elevator boy at a hotel in Paris and the manager of the restaurant at the hotel noticing how amicable Felix was with the guests gave Felix a job as a waiter As a waiter Felix continued to charm the guests with his intelligence and extraordinarily good looks He even befriended a wealthy guest named Louis Venosta Venosta s parents thought that Venosta s romantic interest in a girl named Zaza was too distracting for him so they decided to send him on a trip around the world to rid him of this distraction Venosta asked Felix to take the trip for him using his identity so that Venosta could stay in France with Zaza and Felix agreedNow Felix was assuming the identity of a man traveling the world who had money than he could possibly spend The first stop on the trip was Portugal Felix meets and falls in love with a young woman about his age named Zouzou Apparently Mann was horrible at coming up with original names Zouzou did not want to engage Felix romantically claiming that all men had a warped perception of what love really was I was very pleased at this point because Felix finally wasn t getting everything he wanted Unfortunately for me the book ends with Zouzou giving in and kissing Felix Of course The whole book is about how Felix EASILY went from being broke when his father died to living luxuriously in Portugal as Louis VenostaOther than the atrocious plot I was not satisfied with Confessions of Felix Krull because it was very wordy At times there would be many pages where there was no dialogue In these wide gaps Felix would use pretentious vocabulary to describe events in his life that had little connection to the plot I often found myself wondering what I was reading and why I was reading itPlease do not read this book It may make you angry


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    PDF/EBOOK (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull) The Great German Picaresue that never was interrupted by Mann’s passing at the tender age of 80 Apparently a parody of Goethe’s pompous autobio the antihero of Felix Krull is a self regarding poseur in the likeable mould and the comic antics in the novel are sparse making the novel a bildungsroman than a Fieldingesue romp As the novel was part of a proposed epic there are longueurs galore most of which are rivetin

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    Read Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull Thomas Mann ´ 0 characters PDF/EBOOK (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull) I had a sudden thought about this book which I had read some time ago which was how curious it was that a writer's last work was focused on a confidence trickster and his trickery when what is writing but a confidence trick created with the collusion of the reader As a result this is a book about fantasy and invention in which we might be best advised to trust nothing and to believe lessI wondered how far the subject of the book w

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    PDF/EBOOK (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull) characters Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Thomas Mann Thomas Mann ´ 0 characters There are few authors whose works bring me as much pleasure as Thomas Mann This continues to be the case with this all too short and all too incomplete book Mann was working on this when he died in 1955 – I’m sure this information is out there Mann is significant enough of a literary figure that – like Joyce and Eliot and other titans

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    PDF/EBOOK (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull) A friend's review of this is great first half dull second half My review is the exact opposite which suggests that this is just about taste The first half for me was a little too cutesy with the symbolism as Krull discovers how much he enjoys acting impersonating and being praised for his beauty Well done but also for me hampered by the impossibility of doing anything new with the first part of life stories You'll be su

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    PDF/EBOOK (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull) Thomas Mann ´ 0 characters I recently reread Confessions of Felix Krull Confidence Man The Early Years Thomas Mann's last novel and a comic masterpiece Felix Krull's confessions are filled with humorous episodes worthy of the Mann's story telling mastery Mann based the novel on an expanded version of a story he had written in 1911 and he managed to finish and publish part one of the Confessions of Felix Krull but due to his death in 1955 the saga of the m

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