Book Reviews of The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum
ISBN-13: 9780679725756
ISBN-10: 067972575X
Publication Date: 1/16/1990
Pages: 592
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Good book but sad. About war in Europe and how different people cope.
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It is said that great works of literature depend on character development, not so much on the plot and the story itself. Well, this is a case in point. The whole book is sustained by the central character of Oskar, a wicked, depressed, desperate man seeing how his world crumbles apart and he has to build a life for himslef. As another reviewer aptly put it, he is the lonely voice crying in the wilderness. Oskar is a very solitary man with a great disadvantage, one that by sheer willpower he turns every time into an advantage, a means for surviving in a careless, cold world. Oskar never gives up, never surrenders, he finds a way to survive after every setback, and terrifying setbacks he experiences.

I think this book had to be written in the form of magical realism, because the pure realism would have been insufferable: the tragedies that occur are beyond telling them.

Not an easy read, it is most rewarding, for it paints a wide picture of the human experience, precisely what great literature is about.
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an interesting book, for certain. being a translation it was a little bit hard for me to get into the writing style at first, but definitally an interesting and worthwile book
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Acclaimed as the greatest German novel written since the end of WWII. The book is brilliant!