Review of: Buddenbrocks

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Buddenbrocks

Buddenbrooks: Verfall einer Familie | Mann, Thomas | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Thomas Manns "Buddenbrooks" gilt vielen als DER deutsche Gesellschaftsroman schlechthin. Ein Klassiker, der seinem Autor den. Johann Buddenbrook einfach in Gelächter aus, in sein helles, verkniffenes Kichern, das er heimlich in Bereitschaft gehalten hatte. Er lachte vor Vergnügen, sich.

Buddenbrocks "Buddenbrooks" von Thomas Mann

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Buddenbrocks

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Ein ungünstiger Geschäftsabschluss und ein Rededuell in städtischen Angelegenheiten, bei dem er Hermann Hagenström unterliegt, lassen Thomas Buddenbrook ahnen, dass er Glück und Erfolg nicht auf Dauer festhalten kann.

Clara Buddenbrook, verheiratete Tiburtius, ist gestorben. In ihren letzten Stunden hatte sie ihre Mutter schriftlich und mit unsicherer Hand gebeten, ihr künftiges Erbe schon jetzt ihrem Mann auszuzahlen, dem Pfarrer Tiburtius.

Die frömmlerische Mutter übergeht das Familienoberhaupt Thomas und kommt der Aufforderung nach, hinter der ganz offensichtlich Tiburtius steckt.

Immerhin hatte Tiburtius bereits Die Mutter rechtfertigt sich, Christian und Tony hätten ebenfalls zugestimmt. Tonys Tochter Erika, nunmehr 20 Jahre alt, heiratet den Direktor der Filiale einer Feuerversicherung, den knapp vierzigjährigen Hugo Weinschenk, einen selbstbewussten, ungebildeten und gesellschaftlich plumpen Mann, der es auf ein Jahreseinkommen von Tony darf in die Wohnung des jungen Paares mit einziehen, um ihrer im Haushalt noch unerfahrenen Tochter zur Hand gehen zu können.

Die Heirat ihrer Tochter macht sie überglücklich. Christian ist wieder in der Stadt. Gerda Buddenbrook, die Geigenvirtuosin, und der an Theater und Tingeltangel interessierte Christian kommen gut miteinander aus.

Der alte Hausarzt Dr. Grabow wisse auch keinen rechten Rat und begnüge sich mit der Diagnose pavor nocturnus. Doch kann er seine Fassade mit viel Selbstdisziplin aufrechterhalten.

Einige Monate später, am 7. Juli , wird die hundertste Wiederkehr des Gründungstages der Firma Buddenbrook festlich begangen. Gerda Buddenbrook ist mit dem Organisten Pfühl befreundet.

Sie streiten sich über die Musik Wagners. Als sich Thomas bei Gerda beklagt, dass die Musik ihn seinem Sohn entfremde, wirft diese ihm vor, dass es Thomas am notwendigen Verständnis für die Kunst der Musik fehle.

Hanno ist eng befreundet mit dem gleichaltrigen Kai Graf Mölln. Weinschenk, der Mann von Tonys Tochter, hat mit betrügerischen Rückversicherungen mehrfach andere Versicherungsgesellschaften geschädigt.

Tony ist entsetzt, als sie dies erfährt, vor allem, als sich herausstellt, dass ausgerechnet Moritz Hagenström, der Bruder von Hermann Hagenström, Staatsanwalt bei dem Prozess ist.

Weinschenk wird zu dreieinhalb Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt. Die weiblichen Hausangestellten tragen sogleich Wäschekörbe voll Kleider und Leinenzeug aus dem Haus, Dinge, die ihnen die Tote angeblich versprochen habe.

Danach teilen die Familienmitglieder den Hausrat der Verstorbenen unter sich auf. Seine Mutter hatte ihm dies zeitlebens verwehrt.

Jetzt verwehrt es ihm Thomas, das neue Familienoberhaupt. Blass und vor Zorn zitternd, wirft er Christian vor, er sei nicht mehr sein eigener Herr.

Es war eine hübsche kleine Wohnung und an der Eingangstür stand auf einem blanken Kupferschild in zierlicher Schrift zu lesen: A.

Permaneder-Buddenbrook, Witwe. Ausgehöhlt spielt er in seiner eleganten Garderobe und mit seinem verbindlichen Auftreten wie ein Schauspieler sich selbst.

Rechnet er den Grundbesitz mit ein, so beträgt sein Vermögen Er lässt ihn turnen, Schlittschuh laufen und schwimmen.

Im Hafen zeigt er ihm die Löscharbeiten auf den firmeneigenen Schiffen. Auch zu gesellschaftlichen Visiten in Häusern, denen er geschäftlich verpflichtet ist, nimmt er Hanno mit.

Doch der Sohn durchschaut die gesellschaftliche Versiertheit des Vaters und erkennt, welche Anstrengung diese Selbstdarstellung kostet. Hanno ist oft mit seinem Freund Kai zusammen.

Dann ist er ganz glücklich in friedlicher und kummerloser Abgeschiedenheit. Da er in der Stadt gesellschaftlich nicht mehr tragbar ist, erwarten Tony und ihre Tochter insgeheim die Trennung.

Nach einigen Tagen reist Weinschenk nach London, seine Gattin Erika und ihre gemeinsame Tochter will er erst zu sich nehmen, wenn er ihnen wieder ein angemessenes Leben bieten kann.

Ab da verliert sich seine Spur. Tony gibt einige Male eine Suchannonce auf, um eine Scheidungsklage ihrer Tochter wegen böswilligen Verlassens zu ermöglichen.

Er verkehrt bei Buddenbrooks und musiziert mit Gerda im Salon, abgeschlossen von den übrigen Bewohnern und Hausangestellten.

Als sich Hanno und sein Vater vor der Tür des Salons begegnen, in dem Gerda und der Leutnant sich bereits seit Stunden aufhalten, und die Musik wieder einmal für längere Zeit schweigt, ist für wenige Sekunden die sonstige Fremdheit zwischen ihnen aufgehoben.

Der sensible Hanno begreift die geheime Eifersucht seines Vaters. Thomas Buddenbrook hat das Lebensjahr hinter sich.

Sein schlechtes körperliches Befinden und seine gedrückte Stimmung lassen Todesahnung aufkommen. Thomas Buddenbrook setzt sein Testament auf.

Es kommt zu einer stillschweigenden Aussöhnung der Brüder. Die Monotonie des Meeres, der mystische und lähmende Fatalismus, mit dem sich die Wogen heranwälzen, lösen bei Thomas ein tiefes Bedürfnis nach Ruhe aus.

Die Zahnextraktion ohne Betäubung missglückt. Nach kurzem Krankenlager stirbt er, ohne wieder zu sich gekommen zu sein. Anna, seine Jugendliebe, wird auf ihren Wunsch in den Salon eingelassen, in dem er aufgebahrt liegt.

In einem vierspännigen Leichenwagen, gefolgt von einer langen Reihe Kutschen und Wagen, wird Senator Buddenbrook in feierlichem Pomp zum Friedhof gefahren und im Familiengrab beigesetzt.

Hanno ist von seinem Vater nicht als Firmenerbe bestimmt worden. Firma und Grundbesitz sollen binnen eines Jahres von Kistenmaker, dem Testamentsvollstrecker und ehemaligen Schulkameraden von Thomas, verkauft werden.

Auf dem Papier hatte Thomas ein Vermögen von Kistenmaker hat mit der Auflösung des Nachlasses keine glückliche Hand.

Die Verluste sprechen sich herum: Mehrere Handwerker und Lieferanten drängen bei Gerda auf rasche Bezahlung ihrer Rechnungen, weil sie befürchten, ihr Geld nicht mehr zu bekommen.

Christian, dessen mütterliches Erbe ebenfalls von Kistenmaker verwaltet wird, heiratet Aline Puvogel, nachdem durch den Tod von Mutter und Bruder deren Veto kein Hindernis mehr ist.

Sie entlässt das altgediente Kindermädchen Ida Jungmann, die zu ihr nie ein besonders gutes Verhältnis gehabt und in letzter Zeit öfter ihre Befugnisse überschritten hat.

Als der inzwischen sechzehnjährige Hanno seine Mutter einmal in die Oper Lohengrin begleiten darf, fühlt er sich von der Musik wie berauscht.

Doch schon am nächsten Tag folgen wieder kummervolle Schulstunden. Hannos mangelnde Beteiligung am Unterricht und ein unglücklicher Zufall, der ihm als schulisches Versagen ausgelegt wird, führen zu der endgültigen Entscheidung der Lehrer, ihn nicht in die nächste Klasse zu versetzen.

Ich will nicht einmal berühmt werden. Ich habe Angst davor, genau, als wäre ein Unrecht dabei. Im Frühjahr stirbt Hanno an Typhus.

Thomas Mann verstand sich als naturalistischer Schriftsteller. Der literarische Text erhielt damit Authentizität.

Charakteristisch für Thomas Mann ist sein permanentes Spiel mit Leitmotiven. Fast allen Romanfiguren werden typische Attribute, Gesten oder Redewendungen zugeordnet.

Einerseits hilft diese Technik dem Leser, sich zu erinnern. Andererseits können solche Formeln, hat man ihre Symbolik erkannt, vorausdeuten, [20] bzw.

Damit verdeutlichen sie übergreifende Zusammenhänge und stellen ein Beziehungssystem innerhalb des Werkes her. Vor allem aber helfen sie mit, das stereotype Verhalten bestimmter Figuren zu ironisieren.

Die erinnernde Wiederholung zeigt, dass sie nach zwei unglücklichen Ehen und Scheidungen ihre unerfüllte Jugendliebe immer noch nicht vergessen hat, [21] und ironisiert zugleich ihren unerschütterlichen Glauben an Mortens naturwissenschaftliche Kompetenz und ihren Stolz auf ihr naiv reproduziertes Wissen.

Seinen Welterfolg verdankt der Roman nicht zuletzt dieser wohlwollenden Ironie. Der künstlerische Wagemut des jungen Autors Thomas Mann hat den Roman als Jähriger abgeschlossen lässt ihn Sprachen , Dialekte , Mundarten , Jargons [25] und andere sprachliche Besonderheiten virtuos miteinander verflechten.

Jahrhundert am Ort nicht nur von einfachen Leuten gesprochen wurde. Dazu kommt die individuelle Diktion der Romanfiguren, z. Zur Sprachpalette gehört auch der Berufsjargon von Hannos Lehrern.

Grundsätzlich gilt, was Thomas Mann selbst über seine Figurenzeichnung gesagt hat: Eigentümlichkeiten und Charaktereigenschaften real existierender Personen wurden von ihm zwar erkennbar verwendet, aber dichterisch so bearbeitet, kombiniert und verwandelt, dass sich jeder unmittelbare Rückschluss von Romanfigur auf historisches Vorbild verbietet.

Weltanschaulich tendiert er zur Philosophie der Aufklärung und hält spöttische Distanz zur Religion.

Allerdings legt er auch Wert auf klassische Bildung und hält nicht viel davon, dass die junge Generation nur noch Bergwerke und Geldverdienen im Sinn hat, andererseits kann er auch den Idealen der Romantik mit ihrer Naturschwärmerei nicht viel abgewinnen: Als sein Sohn Jean sich gegen den Plan des Vaters wehrt, den verwilderten Garten in Ordnung bringen zu lassen, weil ihm die freie Natur lieber sei, ist Johann amüsiert.

Johann Jean Buddenbrook ca. Im Gegensatz zu seinem Vater verfällt Jean einer religiösen Schwärmerei. Trotzdem ist er in der Stadt eine Autorität, auch sein Geschäftssinn wird von der Religiosität nicht beeinträchtigt.

Konsul Johann Siegmund Mann jun. Johann Siegmund Mann jun. Die leichte, geschmackvolle und bezwingend liebenswürdige Art freilich, in der er ihn repräsentierte und verwertete, war wohl das Wichtigste.

Antonie Buddenbrook bleibt ein Leben lang sie selbst: kindlich naiv und unerschütterlich in ihrem Familiensinn. Trotz des offenkundigen familiären Niedergangs und trotz ihres eigenen Lebens, das mit zwei Scheidungen nicht gerade zum Ruhm der Familie beiträgt, ist sie weiterhin von Stolz auf ihre Herkunft erfüllt, nur der Adel erscheint ihr noch edler.

Rückschläge erklärt sie gerne mit Intrigen anderer, z. Und darum hatte sie auch gar nichts an ihrer Vergangenheit zu tragen. Wie ihr literarisches Abbild war auch Elisabeth Mann zweimal verheiratet.

Zur ersten Ehe wurde sie ebenfalls von den Eltern gedrängt, und ihr Ehemann ging bankrott. Der Roman beginnt mit den Worten der kleinen Tony, die aus dem Katechismus rezitiert.

In der Schluss-Szene ist sie ebenfalls anwesend — das letzte Wort hat jedoch die steinalte Therese Weichbrodt.

Tony wird Zeitzeugin für vier Generationen der Familie Buddenbrook, bleibt aber immer ganz und gar Gegenwart. Trotzdem ist Tony nicht die heimliche Heldin des Romans.

Sie wächst nicht und verändert sich nicht. Christian Buddenbrook geb. Er war hager und bleich. Diese Fähigkeit hat Christian schon als Kind.

Bereits im ersten Kapitel imitiert er seinen Lehrer, den skurrilen Marcellus Stengel, so genau, dass die Gäste der Einweihungsfeier sehr amüsiert sind.

Er, Christian, habe dies getan — und deshalb sei nichts Rechtes aus ihm geworden. In der ganzen Stadt kennt man ihn nur als Krischan und lacht über seine Witze, ernst nimmt ihn niemand.

Christian zeigt auch wenig Sinn für Loyalität und achtet nicht auf die Folgen, die sein Lebenswandel für das Ansehen der Familie und der Firma Buddenbrook haben könnte.

Nach dem Tod des Bruders hindert niemand mehr Christian daran, Aline Puvogel, seine langjährige Geliebte, zu heiraten er ist überzeugt, der Vater deren unehelicher Tochter Gisela zu sein.

Aline kann jedoch schon bald nach der Heirat einen Arzt dazu bewegen, Christian wegen seiner Wahnvorstellungen dauerhaft in eine Nervenklinik einzuweisen.

Friedrich Mann hat sich am Christian Buddenbrook hat nicht nur Züge des schrulligen Onkels. Christians Lebenswandel ähnelt dem Privatleben des jungen Heinrich Mann.

In der fiktiven Welt des Romans erkennt Thomas eigene Züge in Christians Persönlichkeit, [39] die er an sich selbst unterdrückt. Gerda lebt mit ihrem verwitweten Vater in Amsterdam.

Als junges Mädchen hat sie bereits einige Zeit in Lübeck gewohnt, im gleichen Mädcheninternat wie Tony. Damals haben die Mädchen sich im Scherz darüber unterhalten, dass Gerda doch einen von Tonys Brüdern heiraten könne.

Gerdas Schwester ist bereits verheiratet. Auch Gerda musiziert und ist eine begnadete Violinistin. Sie besitzt eine kostbare Stradivari.

Ihre Empfänglichkeit für zeitgenössische Musik hat sie zu einer Verehrerin Wagners werden lassen. Thomas Buddenbrook gewinnt Gerda auf der Höhe seiner Karriere.

Ihren Pflichten als Frau Senator Buddenbrook kommt sie nach, ohne darin aufzugehen. Gerdas Musikalität kontrastiert mit dem von praktischen Fragen bestimmten Alltag in der Familie Buddenbrook.

Während ihr Mann im Untergeschoss für die Firma an seinem Schreibpult arbeitet, hört er sie über sich im Musikzimmer mit Leutnant von Trotha musizieren.

Thomas Buddenbrook muss hier schmerzlich eine Seelenverwandtschaft erkennen, die ihm verwehrt bleibt. Alterslos und von der Zeit unverändert, verlässt sie nach dem Tod von Ehemann Thomas und Sohn Hanno Lübeck und kehrt in ihre Heimatstadt Amsterdam zurück, als habe sich ihre Sendung erfüllt.

Dort brachte sie dem Titelhelden den Tod. Der kleine Johann verkörpert die vierte Generation Buddenbrook, wenn man von den Vorfahren absieht, die im Roman nur erwähnt werden.

Hannos Gesundheit ist immer gefährdet. Schon als Kleinkind ist seine Entwicklung verzögert. Vergleichsweise harmlose Kinderkrankheiten führen bei ihm fast zum Tod.

Später hat er erhebliche Probleme mit seinen Zähnen. Der Kontakt zu anderen Kindern fällt ihm schwer. Wird er unter Druck gesetzt, beginnt er zu weinen und zu stottern.

Seine Erziehung verstärkt diese Probleme zusätzlich, z. Seinem Naturell nach hat Hanno keine Anlage zum Kaufmann, auch für eine Position in der Öffentlichkeit ist er wegen seiner Schüchternheit und Menschenscheu nicht geeignet.

Als er bereits mit acht Jahren auf dem Flügel eine kleine, eigene Phantasie vorträgt, traut man ihm zu, Musiker zu werden. In der Schule lassen seine Leistungen sehr zu wünschen übrig, mehrfach wird er nicht versetzt.

Er leidet unter den teilweise recht unfähigen und brutalen Lehrern, aber auch unter den Hänseleien seiner Mitschüler. Durch mangelnde Disziplin bringt Hanno es selbst in Fächern, in denen es nur aufs Auswendiglernen ankommt oder der Lehrer ihm wohlgesinnt ist, nicht besonders weit; statt seine Hausaufgaben zu erledigen, phantasiert er lieber auf dem Klavier.

Auch Hanno selbst sieht klar, dass ihm der Wille zur Leistung fehlt, aus ihm nichts Rechtes werden kann, und akzeptiert sein Schicksal. Die Hochzeit mit ihr war keineswegs eine Liebesheirat, als Tochter eines reichen Hamburger Kaufmannes ist sie jedoch eine gute Partie.

Sie wird die Mutter von Jean Buddenbrook. Sie wird zunächst als elegante und weltläufige Frau beschrieben, die ihre Rolle als Konsulsgattin sehr gut ausfüllt:.

Nach dem Tode ihres Mannes nimmt sie dessen pietistische Frömmigkeit an, was bei ihr jedoch in Frömmelei ausufert, und empfängt, wie schon ihr verstorbener Mann, ständig Besuche von Pastoren und Missionaren, denen sie Spenden zusteckt.

Clara ist das vierte Kind von Jean und Elisabeth Buddenbrook. Beim Tod ihres Vaters ist sie noch minderjährig, so dass Justus Kröger zu ihrem Vormund ernannt wird.

Gotthold Buddenbrook ist der ungeliebte Sohn von Johann Buddenbrook d. Inhalt, Erster Teil. Gotthold wird als beleibt und kurzbeinig beschrieben.

Nach dem Tod Johann Buddenbrooks d. Selbst im Lob wissen sie spitze Bemerkungen zu verstecken. Da sie keinerlei Vermögen besitzt, ist sie sich schon früh darüber klar, dass sie wohl nie einen Ehemann finden wird.

Sie bleibt tatsächlich ledig, wohnt zunächst als Untermieterin bei der Witwe Krauseminz und kommt später auf Betreiben von Thomas Buddenbrook im Johanniskloster unter, einem Stift für unverheiratete, vermögenslose Damen aus alteingesessener Familie.

Sie wird als mager, blass und phlegmatisch beschrieben. Bei Tisch fällt ihr ungeheurer Appetit auf, den sie demütig und unbeirrt stillt.

Die anderen Familienmitglieder necken sie oft auf harmlose Weise, was Thilda aber nicht weiter ärgert.

Als ihr Vorbild gilt Thekla Mann. Der reiche Lebrecht Kröger geb. Sein Sohn Justus Kröger geb. Seine Söhne enttäuschen: Jakob fällt immer wieder durch Leichtsinn und zwielichtige Geschäfte auf.

Jürgen gibt sein Jurastudium auf, nachdem er zweimal durch das Examen gefallen ist, und wird schlichter Postbeamter in Wismar.

Hagenströms, die neu in der Stadt sind, konkurrieren zielstrebig mit den Buddenbrooks. Nach jedem Gespräch mit ihm imponiert er ihr etwas mehr.

Beide verlieben sich ineinander und versprechen sich, aufeinander zu warten, bis Morten sein Doktor-Examen bestanden hat.

Inhalt, Dritter Teil. Vor staatlichen Autoritäten hat er wenig Respekt und besitzt ein Skelett, dem er eine Polizeiuniform angezogen hat, er ist Mitglied einer Burschenschaft.

In ihrem Bekanntenkreis will er sich nicht zeigen, weil er spürt, dass er nicht dazu gehört. Grünlich geht trotz der ansehnlichen Mitgift aus der Familie Buddenbrook bankrott.

Von ihrem Vater als Geschäftspartner in den privaten Familienkreis eingeladen, lernt ihn die jährige Tony kennen:. Sein Gesicht, unter dem hellblonden, spärlichen Haupthaar war rosig und lächelte; neben dem einen Nasenflügel aber befand sich eine auffällige Warze.

Antonie verabscheut ihn vom ersten Moment an wegen seiner manierierten Redeweise und übertriebenen Gestik, auch durchschaut sie schnell, dass er ihren Eltern genau das sagt, was sie hören möchten.

Nach einigen Wochen macht er ihr einen Antrag. Tony lehnt ab. Hartnäckig und intrigant bemüht er sich um Tony: Grünlich sucht den Vater von Morten Schwarzkopf auf und informiert ihn über dessen Heiratspläne mit Tony, worauf Mortens Vater seinem Sohn den Umgang mit Tony untersagt.

Was wie Verliebtheit aussah, erweist sich als Berechnung. Nach der Hochzeit nimmt er kaum Notiz von seiner jungen Frau. Seine Rechnung geht allerdings letztendlich nicht auf: Zwar hatte er aufgrund seiner Verwandtschaft zu Johann Buddenbrook zunächst weitere Kredite von den Banken erhalten, als er jedoch endgültig zahlungsunfähig wird, weigert sich sein Schwiegervater Grünlichs Schulden zu bezahlen.

Wegen Grünlichs Bankrott lässt sich Tony von ihm scheiden und kehrt mit der gemeinsamen Tochter ins Elternhaus zurück.

Der hellblonde, spärliche, fransenartig den Mund überhängende Schnurrbart gab dem kugelrunden Kopfe mit seiner gedrungenen Nase und seinem ziemlich dünnen, unfrisierten Haar etwas Seehundartiges.

Unverzeihlich und unter keinen Umständen wiederzugeben ist jenes Schimpfwort, das Alois Permaneder seiner Frau Tony nachgerufen hat. Was hatte er gesagt?

Allerdings ist Permaneder eigentlich ein gutmütiger Mensch. Der Tod seiner kleinen Tochter trifft ihn sehr. Auch hegt er gegen Tony keinen Groll, sondern gibt nach der Scheidung bereitwillig ihre Mitgift zurück und gratuliert noch Jahre später telegrafisch zum Jubiläum der Firma Buddenbrook.

Auch das Benehmen seines Vaters lässt zu wünschen übrig. Ida Jungmann ist schockiert, als sie einmal mit Hanno dort einen Besuch macht und das genaue Gegenteil der erwarteten adligen Vornehmheit antrifft.

In Kai hat sich jedoch aristokratisches Selbstvertrauen erhalten. Dazu strotzt er voll Lebenskraft, ist begeistert von englischer Literatur und ein phantasiereicher Erzähler, ohne dass ihn sein Interesse an Literatur er schreibt auch selbst weltfremd macht.

Auf ihm lastet keine Familien- Geschichte, und bürgerlichen Konventionen fühlt er sich nicht verpflichtet. Der Verfall seiner Familie hat ihn nicht lebensuntüchtig gemacht.

Kai und Hanno fühlen sich vom ersten Augenblick an voneinander angezogen. Der Aktivere in dieser Freundschaft ist Kai.

Mit 20 Jahren tritt sie bei den Buddenbrooks ein diese haben sie auf einer Reise kennengelernt und halb aus Mitleid eingestellt, da ihr Vater kurz zuvor verstorben ist.

Ida ist der Familie fortan treu ergeben, auch wenn Johann Buddenbrook d. Occasionally, reading and family life interfere with each other!

I have raised my children with the sole dogma that "I read, therefore I am". Being a family, we can't keep from judging each other according to our own specific reading preferences, and we usually believe that "we are what we read".

At the moment, my son is reading Buddenbrooks while I am working my way through Brothers Karamazov, and we like to compare notes, especially as both novels are focusing on complicated family patterns - Occasionally, reading and family life interfere with each other!

At the moment, my son is reading Buddenbrooks while I am working my way through Brothers Karamazov, and we like to compare notes, especially as both novels are focusing on complicated family patterns - with which we are quite familiar.

My son, frustrated with the character of Grünlich, a true sleazeball and hypocrite, complained that there seems to be a Uriah Heep in each family, thus reigniting a debate on David Copperfield that we had last year.

Going on to reflect on the struggles of the different generations of Buddenbrooks to find a balance between individual and collective identity within a patriarchal family structure, he murmured: "Some things are very much like our family!

We could detect the same power struggles in Dostoevsky and Dickens. So it is not so much that "we are what we read", but rather that "we read what we are".

And that is what makes those old-fashioned, long, over-detailed classics shockingly contemporary and relevant to us. Put a random set of characters into a house, make sure to create a balance of interdependence and delicate power distribution, and you will see them act out dysfunctional family life without needing a script to stick to.

Brother One takes a role, which requires Brother Two to act out the antagonist's drama, while Sister One looks for a way out of the dilemma of being raised to obey her family and simultaneously to be proud of herself and her independence.

Sister Two will oscillate between different positions to fill the gaps left by the rest of the family.

And that is just the horizontal line. Add the vertical lines in the family tree and you are lucky if you manage to tell the story in as many words as Dickens, Dostoevsky or Mann.

Sounds like a dull formula, but it isn't. After all, that is what we call life, and it's not dull at all.

We can all spend a whole day fretting over the fact that a sibling, parent, spouse or child used a certain kind of voice level when saying goodbye, and we can read a whole generation's worth of implications into the wave of a hand.

Thomas Mann put down on paper what he had experienced first hand himself, and the very fact that the family is far from unique on the contrary, quite common is what makes it appealing to readers of all ages.

Family life turned world literature. World literature turned family competition. Who will finish first? My son with Buddenbrooks, or me with Karamazovs?

If you say it doesn't matter, you know nothing of families at all. View all 26 comments. Oct 16, Emily May rated it it was ok Shelves: , classics.

It was actually Boyne's A Ladder to the Sky that made me finally want to read Mann's work I got so many recommendations from that book! And I thought this would be an instant favourite-- I do love pretty much all family saga books.

Unfortunately, though, I experienced a real disconnect from the characters and story. Perhaps it's because this was Mann's debut and he falls prey to a number of debut author traps - like getting caught up in his own masturbatory metaphor, for example - but I'm not It was actually Boyne's A Ladder to the Sky that made me finally want to read Mann's work I got so many recommendations from that book!

Perhaps it's because this was Mann's debut and he falls prey to a number of debut author traps - like getting caught up in his own masturbatory metaphor, for example - but I'm not sure.

The story of the Buddenbrooks is, as the subtitle suggests, about the decline of a wealthy German family during the nineteenth century.

It follows multiple generations of Buddenbrooks through their daily minutiae, as well as through marriages and financial struggles.

The problem is I felt like I was reading one event after another without any emotional attachment to the characters and what was happening to them.

And I don't think it helps that the novel takes such huge leaps in time, missing out large chunks of the characters' lives.

After a while, the repetitive metaphor of tooth decay for the decay of a family didn't seem that clever anymore. Though, I must say that this was my absolute favourite moment of the whole book.

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The fall of the merchant family and their business, is not a continuous process, but periods of stagnation are followed by periods of new recovery, yet gradually weakening and dying.

The Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann- the novel has many biographical components The tell of the family focuses on the three Buddenbrook siblings, Thomas, Christian and Tony.

A "The decline of one family" The fate of the Hanseatic Buddenbrook family from Lübeck, is a story of a gradual decline and decay over three generations.

After the early death of his father, Thomas becomes head of the business. He represents a change in direction with his interest in aristocratic manners, public affairs, high culture and expensive clothing.

In interest of the company, he marries the daughter of a great Dutch merchant, very beautiful, very rich and a musically talented violinist. His success climaxes, when he becomes senator of Lübeck, but dies soon afterwards, with no male hair remaining who would be suited to take over the company.

Christian Buddenbrooks also learned the business of a merchant. He falls in love with an actress and has an illegitimate child with her, causing a scandal.

Even though she is outcasted by the family, he marries her after his mother, Elisabeth, had died. Because he is neurotic with excessive displays of hypochondria, he winds up in a mental institution and becomes a symbol of devastation of the Buddenbrook family in both physical and mental terms.

Antonie "Tony" starts out as the "little princess" of the family. Her first arranged marriage, to a man she despised, ends in a divorce, when it is discovered, that he was a gold digger and only after the families fortune.

They had a daughter, who is just as unlucky and marries an insurance agent, who has to go to prison for having committed re-insurance fraud.

Her second marriage to a Bavarian also ends when he cheated on her. Identifying with her family and name, she suffers tremendously from their downfall, while her true love from her youth becomes a successful doctor.

They are a unity, everything that happens to the family, also happens to the firm and the other way around.

The firm has been successful, of great competitive capacity, and let the family to be admired by other business man. But a decayed tooth that eventually result in the sudden death of Thomas, becomes the central metaphor of the collapse of the Buddenbrooks.

The family fortunes do not collapse as the result of any great economic turnaround or tragically unwise business decision.

Rather, the spiral downward is the result of the cumulative effects of minor obstacles and obstructions that by themselves would have little impact.

Non-business distractions, low-level narcissism, neurotic hypochondria, inattention to dental health and the weak immunity all play their small roles in the production of the decline and fall of a once-powerful family enterprise.

In the end they loose their grand house, their flourishing firm and their prominence. The Buddenbrooks sink back into meaninglessness. Fathers and Sons This is a story of generational decline in which each successive son manages to take the family business a little further downward than his father.

From the last truly successful Buddenbrook patriarch, Johan, to the sickly teenager Hanno who ends the bloodline forever with his premature death from typhus, the story of the Buddenbrook family is intensely focused on the relationships between fathers and sons.

Sacrificing for the Sake of Family When it comes to the daughters of these fathers, they are every bit as expected to do their part to keep the family business intact.

The sacrifice of personal desires also extends to the sons, of course. They are expected to go into the family business and each successful generation fees the burden of increasingly weight pressure to keep the business going under evolving conditions of economic complexity.

Hanseatic Merchants About a family that is working hard for their money Buddenbrooks is special in a way, that most family novels in the 19th, focused on aristocratic families in Britain and Russia, that were born into money.

But in Germany successful merchants were on top of the social letter early on. In Hanseatic cities, such as Lübeck and Hamburg, the harbor was the source for global trading and the accumulation of wealth.

Successful merchants also often took part in politics and way less people were simply born into their fortunes and lived of their social status.

Those people worked hard every day and struggled to maintain their success over generations. The novels takes the major social and economic changes in Germany on its way into 20th Century modernity and uncertainty as background, while describing the characters with all their hopes, fears and ambitions.

The natural cycle of ups and downs both of the firm and the family, for they are bound together, is what makes this story so earthbound.

I like that this is not about aristocrats, but hard working merchants, who suffer the consequences of life. May 08, Kalliope rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , germany.

There is a concept in statistics, Regression or Reversion to the Mean , which is widely used in a variety of fields of knowledge.

It was first realized by Sir Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin, when he worked on the correlation of heights between adult children and parents.

The concept refers to the tendency for any variable which exhibits an extreme value at any point of measurement to move towards the average next time it is measured.

This mathematical tool is used regularly both in Genetics and in Finance Theory. Consequently, it is an apt model for dealing with the Buddenbrooks and their three Fs: Family, Firm and Fortune, and particularly so because the anchor of the family is precisely that: Trading.

Their pride was founded upon the buying and selling of grains, and to do so in the appropriate manner with suitable methods, engaging in the right discipline, performing the relevant calculations, exerting their commercial savvy, and adhering to their code of ethics -- all of these constituted their pride and nature.

The novel begins with the second generation of a family and spans five generations. Their business had, however, one generation less. The book tracks the progression of the Buddenbrooks as a function of their prosperity.

The characters and their circumstances are factors that exert a force in the success trend of the family. In the Buddenbrooks the finances and identity of the firm and family are inseparably intertwined.

And profits from the firm accumulated as capital provide the income and living style of the family. The new Buddenbrooks house, the family symbol with which the novel begins, is a monument to itself.

Family and firm reside there. In addition to the launch of the triumphal house the novel regularly pegs the level at which the Buddenbrooks capital stands.

They start off with a mark of k Marks and the subsequent levels, which can be plotted, guide us as we follow their successes or hardships. Johann Buddenbrook the Younger begins the apprenticeship of his son Thomas by giving a quick review of the big blocks composing their capital.

He understands them well. As we approach the end of the novel the family is valued at k, amount that will however decrease further as the assets are liquidated inadequately.

So, how does this function of prosperity work? The phenomenon of moving back to the Mean irremediably starts and both Genetics and Trading are players in the game.

Depending on their gender and their primogeniture the various members of family will have to perform a different role. The patriarchs, role reserved for the eldest son, are to be the main motor.

When this works, it works, but the problem is that its dependency is concentrated on one individual becoming therefore too risky.

We see that even the luck of begetting a male son does not guarantee the survival of the genes of mercantile prosperity. Christian turns out to be a good-for-nothing and therefore neither a support nor a back-up to the elder brother in any of the Buddenbrook responsibilities and activities.

He becomes a deviation from the trend and a very strong pull away from excellence. Nor is Hanno a healthy alternative to the mercantile model.

The boy inherits the artistic inclinations from his mother, but also the lack of discipline that we saw in his uncle.

His musical abilities turn out to be good only for toying around with music, not really for playing or composing.

He is not, as Tony hoped, a new Mozart. No redeeming transformation is generated. The women and daughters occupy a very particular position.

The daughters are detractors of a significant amount of the capital, since significant dowries have to be carved out of the sustaining trunk.

These side investments are expected to bring back both prestige and an extended business clout with an overall benefit for the Buddenbrooks.

In this family the dowries granted out were almost all utter failures. We know that money seduces swindlers like honey attracts flies.

And the Buddenbrooks, both the women and the men, suffer as the victims of the Gründlich hoax and of devout greed.

In spite of these failures, however, dowries did net in around 89k Marks thanks to the k that Gerda brought along when she married Tom.

But it is the concentration on the different roles that the various family members have to play, according to their gender, which increases the probability of failure.

Tony is a convinced Buddenbrooks even if she suffered when she sacrificed her Morten. Could she have offered the business support to her elder brother once it was clear that Christian was not capable?

Or could she, or her daughter and grand-daughter, have continued the family firm similarly to the way Donatella Versace has?

This is hard to say, since after all it was she who persuaded her brother of the suitability of the Pöppenrader deal. Failure or hailstorm, had she been able to participate or take over the business, the probability of survival would have increased.

It marks the resistance point and the decline clearly begins. But not all the triggers for the Verfall can be found in the family members.

We learn that although Johann the Elder expressed antipathy towards the rising Prussia, he had made a great deal of his profits by selling his grains to the emerging Teutonic Kingdom.

And several times the Customs Union is mentioned, although we cannot know in what specific aspects they were detrimental for their business.

Revolution comes, entertains, and goes. And the new war between Prussia and Austria remains hazily further south. When Thomas refers to the slow pace at which their benefits are made, signalling a business of narrowing margins, we wonder whether there were other factors that were transforming the business profoundly and which he was not detecting.

Although the context is included in the novel, we are left with only a very general idea that the rules of the game must have changed and that these have debunked the Buddenbrooks-way.

But the book does not offer further detail. So, what brought the downfall of the Buddenbrooks? It was a joint result of bad luck, some failed judgment, changing political and economic circumstances, and the determinism of social conventions.

But when a reversion to the mean process begins, the causes are not important. What is important is that it happens and that it can hurt.

As the Turkish proverb, that Tom quotes, says: Wenn das Haus fertig ist, kommt der Tod , and so the graphs and statistical laws show.

View all 49 comments. Buddenbrooks sat on a high shelf in the back-room of my mind for many years, and though it remained unread it was nevertheless honoured with a prime position; I hoped to read it one day but doubted my own ability to comprehend what I thought must surely be a very difficult text.

Her German edition impressed me not only for the mysterious title composed of familiar syllables which the stringing together all in one word Buddenbrooks sat on a high shelf in the back-room of my mind for many years, and though it remained unread it was nevertheless honoured with a prime position; I hoped to read it one day but doubted my own ability to comprehend what I thought must surely be a very difficult text.

Her German edition impressed me not only for the mysterious title composed of familiar syllables which the stringing together all in one word rendered solidly impenetrable, but also because of its bulkiness, each page dense, the capitalisedmultisyllabledcompound words tightly packed like a battalion of heavilyarmouredforeignsoldiers.

Even in an English translation, I feared I would not be able to separate those syllables and enter the text: Buddenbrooks was a country I would never be able to visit.

Many years pass. My reading life becomes a little more adventurous and one Thursday in May, or is it October time moves fast in Buddenbrooksland , I find myself seated in the landscape-room of a large house in Lübeck, in the company of little Tony Buddenbrook, her brothers Tom and Christian, her parents, her grandparents, her cousin Clothilde and family friend Sesemi Weichbrodt.

What a surprisingly pleasant visit this has turned out to be, I think, as I settle myself comfortably into the yellow cushions of the sofa, feeling welcome from the very beginning in that bright and elegant house in Meng Street.

I am charmed by everyone and everything I meet both within the house and outside; the people, the food, the wine, the furnishings, the entire Buddenbrooks world like a giant bottle of delicious pink champagne all wrapped up in golden tinsel.

But as soon as I've settled myself comfortably into the narrative, I find that ten years have flown swiftly by, their events recounted in little more than summary form.

Okay, I think, now that all the back story has been provided, the narrative will get underway properly; Tony is at an interesting age, perhaps she will become the definite focus of this book?

Christian too seems to have potential, maybe he will be the vehicle for Mann to develop his themes. Or will it be Tom who becomes the focus, although Tom seems a bit plodding and dull.

Or perhaps it will be their little sister, born in a gap between summaries. This change of location comes just in time for me, as like her, I was beginning to find life in Meng Street a little claustrophobic.

There are some fascinating new characters and Tony is growing quite interesting herself. He must have a lot of money, so I can furnish elegantly.

I am excited for her. I see freedom on the horizon, new ideas, new prospects. In spite of her charming upper lip and her interesting throaty voice, the story has to be about the family, the entire Buddenbrook clan and their common destiny, and the narrative must stay firmly rooted in Lübeck.

That means more skipping through time; any periods which the main characters spend away from their home town are reduced to a summary.

And what a surprise, the plodding and prudent Tom emerges as a principal character in so far as there can ever be a principal character in this family saga.

Two thirds of the way through the novel, there is a shift in the narrative as well as the location. The glory days in Meng street are over and a new and fascinating character, at least for me, is introduced.

Commercial concerns fade into the background and music begins to take a leading role in the story; the reader is treated to a beautiful and elegant coda for this Buddenbrook symphony.

I had begun to really enjoy this section but all too soon, the symphony ended almost on the same note as it had begun: with the fluty tones of the 'little prophetess' and altogether noble character, Sesemi Weichbrodt.

A prime position on that high shelf of books I hope to reread? Perhaps not. View all 56 comments. How could Katia Pringsheim have gone on to marry Thomas Mann if she had ever read his first novel, Buddenbrooks beforehand?

The long story of a families multifaceted decline across four generations features mental anguish, bankruptcy, insanity, and no happy marriages.

Thomas Mann's first novel is set among the Lübeck Patrician class of leading merchants who dominated the small city-state. Mann drew heavily upon the family background that he left behind, along with the world of business, to make h How could Katia Pringsheim have gone on to marry Thomas Mann if she had ever read his first novel, Buddenbrooks beforehand?

Mann drew heavily upon the family background that he left behind, along with the world of business, to make himself into a writer in Munich instead.

There is no such escape for his fictionalised family in Buddenbrooks. For them the pride in their heritage becomes an obligation. A yardstick that serves only to measure the extent of their shortcomings, however Mann's analysis of the families decline is not so straightforward.

Contingency is a major factor. For Thomas Mann as an author the deconstruction of his heritage is a creative act that allows him to reconstruct himself into a novelist.

Before Buddenbrooks Thomas had only published short stories and the narrative he produced here is not continuous. Some chapters could be split off and read as a story on their own.

There are years between some chapters. The point of view character changes. At one point a chapter consists only of a letter sent from one family member to another.

Mann created the novel as a federation of short stories, bound together by common characters, setting, images and the notion of inescapable decline.

The decline of the Buddenbrooks is complex. For one the family fails to nourish. Like poor Klothilde they eat and eat but don't grow sleek.

Christian is prematurely aged. Tom worn out. Tony educated to be helpless, she clings to the intellectual highpoint of her life — the conversations she had with the student Morten at the age of sixteen — decades later recommending to her brother to read newspapers that had long ago ceased to be printed.

The whole of Fontane's Effi Briest is given over to the story of a woman educated to be a child and married to be a dependant, but Tony's story of a woman searching for a role is an alternative take with an ironic twist is itself just one strand of Buddenbrooks.

I prefer the Fontane, but I have to give credit to the scope of Mann's ambition. Their world is changing around them, they fail to flow with the Zeitgeist.

The big politics of and the wars of unification are in the background. Their world is a shrinking pond. When they venture outside they are at the mercy of bigger fish.

Each character in successive generations succeeds in both being a type and true to their time while also being an individual. This is the book that gave rise to the idea of a 'Buddenbrook syndrome' used to describe the practise of commercial families to withdraw in the second and third generations from business and to put their time and money into leisure activities as well as anticipating maybe even inspiring Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in its treatment of the part played by religion in the inner lives of the Buddenbrooks.

The neverending oppressive school day that robs little Hanno of vitality would feature again in his brother Heinrich Mann's novels The Blue Angel and Man of Straw.

The concerns with philosophy and music that Mann developed further in The Magic Mountain and Doctor Faustus here suggest that the decline in the world is balanced by an inner refinement.

That the increasing interior richness of their lives renders them unable to compete with their local rivals, the grossly corporeal Hagenstrom family.

For all their status inside the city the new Germany is dominated by the old landed aristocracy - something that will be expressed with more brutality and bitterness in Man of Straw by Tom's brother Henrich Mann.

The gloomy, pessimistic story is told with irony, which can keep the characters at arm's length, but then since they tended to fail to achieve connections with spouses and other contemporaries was perhaps just what the author intended.

He escaped and transcended his heritage — his characters couldn't. View all 57 comments. And one would know so much better the second time!

And if you appreciate your books with action and thrilling stuff, then Thomas Mann's novel is not exactly the book you should turn to because it would only disappoint you.

It took "The sad thing is that one lives but once—one can't begin life over again. It took me almost three months to fight my way through the novel.

I read the original German version, and as a native German speaker, let me tell you something: reading classics in German is much more difficult than reading classics in English.

And Thomas Mann certainly knows how to keep his sentences long-winded, letting them run on and on over the course of half a page before finally ending the sentence if you're lucky.

Back in school, my German teacher would have had a mental breakdown if I'd made him read sentences like this in my exams. Basically, the story of the Buddenbrooks consists of a plot outlined in an exceedingly detailed way, narrated through a lot of different days set in the family members' everyday life, which includes a lot of time jumps.

Dealing with their struggles and important events like births, deaths, marriages, divorces and financial businesses, the characters are elaborately established, especially siblings Tony and Thomas, who soon solidify their roles as main protagonists.

Both are flawed human beings, are responsible for a lot of mistakes, and have to deal with the deeds they have committed in the past. The story revolves around the development of the main characters, as Thomas Mann allowed readers to follow Tony, Thomas, Christian and other characters from their childhoods to their deaths.

Mann did not even attempt to make his characters appear perfect, he attempted - and succeeded - to make them appear realistic.

Certain supporting characters lack some attention by the author, but in my opinion, Mann managed to unite plot and character development nearly perfectly.

The outer manifestations take time - like the light of that star up there, which may in reality be already quenched, when it looks to us to be shining its brightest.

The writing style is not difficult to read and understand, though - Mann is able to write engaging chapters, using exactly the right lengths and engaging his readers by creating an interesting atmosphere and allowing you to easily imagine the setting in front of your imaginary eye.

And there is a certain subtlety about his humor, which I was personally able to enjoy a lot. If you don't know much about this time period, then Thomas Mann's epic novel about this huge family living and working in Lübeck a city at the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany, set in a region which I can only recommend visiting might be quite an interesting reading experience.

It's a tedious book, but ultimately, it was absolutely worth the time I spent reading it. View all 10 comments. My previous experiences of Mann were The Magic Mountain and Doctor Faustus , both of which were rewarding but challenging.

Buddenbrooks was Mann's first major novel, a thinly veiled account of his own family's rise and fall over the course of the mid nineteenth century.

For a book written by a young man who was only 25 when it was published, it is extremely impressive, but it is very much a book of its time, and by modern standards it sometimes seems glacially slow moving, but very atmospheric, a My previous experiences of Mann were The Magic Mountain and Doctor Faustus , both of which were rewarding but challenging.

For a book written by a young man who was only 25 when it was published, it is extremely impressive, but it is very much a book of its time, and by modern standards it sometimes seems glacially slow moving, but very atmospheric, and it recreates a lost world in vivid detail.

The story starts in , when its main protagonists are children, and their grandfather Johann is in charge of the trading firm that supports the wealthy Buddenbrook family, merchants and leading lights of Lübeck's ruling class.

His two sons are the disinherited Gotthold, who lost favour by marrying against his father's wishes, and Consul Johann, his heir. The main protagonists are Consul Johann's children - Thomas, who becomes the final head of the family business view spoiler [ inheriting it young after his father's sudden death, steering it to a high point when he becomes a senator and overreaches himself by building an excessively grand new house, before presiding over the decline of the company and its eclipse by local rivals, and then dies early himself hide spoiler ] and Antonie Tony , whose two disastrous marriages are only brief interludes as she spends most of her life at the heart of the family in Lübeck.

In the second half of the book we are introduced to Thomas's son Hanno, who must be at least partly a vehicle to allow Mann to discuss some of the traumatic events of his own childhood for example the long chapters on the family Christmas and a typically disastrous school day.

He is also something of a musical prodigy, which allows Mann to discuss an interest he developed in much greater detail in Doctor Faustus.

No doubt I am only scratching the surface of what could be said about it. I read a review recently of a historical novel. The reviewer believed that most historical novels fail, because they depict characters with a modern consciousness.

These characters often defy the thinking of their times and act in ways that we can approve of. This novel is not historical fiction, but the fact that it was written over a hundred years ago and is full of completely recognisable, very vivid, and obviously historically accurate characters is just one of the things that wowed me about I read a review recently of a historical novel.

This novel is not historical fiction, but the fact that it was written over a hundred years ago and is full of completely recognisable, very vivid, and obviously historically accurate characters is just one of the things that wowed me about this book, Thomas Mann's first.

Sure, the characters do not hold all our values, but they are so like us, in good ways and bad ways, that it reminded me that our lives, in a sense, have been lived before.

And that is humbling. But the book is so well-written, filled with so many beautiful passages, so many extremely clear depictions of important aspects of life.

The realisation that all these emotions and situations have occurred before, millions of times, in millions of places, usually without an amazing novelist as witness, isn't even scary most of the time because I was just so impressed with Mann's ability to touch on so much.

He writes about a specific family during a specific time period but makes it breath-takingly universal.

Some characters appear throughout, but there are many viewpoints. Curiously, the novel, though clearly "literary", may even be an early example of a sub genre, the business novel, though I really have no idea how far back that sub genre goes.

The Buddenbrooks are merchants, and the business environment, livelihoods, is a lively and interesting element of the novel's setting.

The Buddenbrooks' decline and their business savvy is linked. We hear so much about today's changing economy; we ponder the unknowns and calculate, but that too, it is apparent from this novel, is not unique, even though differences between today and yesteryear obviously abound, humans have looked over similar precipices before It's an old novel, but I found it very readable and modern.

Most chapters are short. A lot of exposition and description are not incorporated within "action", as may be more the norm today, but it was not monotonous or boring.

If you want to see examples of lively exposition and lively "telling, not showing" that sparkles, read Buddenbrooks.

Mann moved between exposition and scenes without apparent effort, and the scenes are exquisite. I'll try to recall some of them without giving too much away while hinting at their scope: banquets full of innumerable characters, siblings in their twenties playing it cool, young adults at the beach with their whole lives ahead of them, school days, class distinctions at play between various characters in various situations, characters with broken dreams rationalising, broken men at the beach relaxing, going to the dentist, playing music, getting sucked into a philosophy book for the day, shirking responsibilities, facing death, and much, much more.

View all 17 comments. Jan 30, Chrissie rated it it was amazing Shelves: germany , audible-uk , hf , classics , relationships , read , favorites.

Absolutely excellent, descriptive writing. Writing that pulls the reader in. Characters that are fully developed and totally real.

A book with humor. A book with serious topics to consider. Every time the theme changed I was astonished to once again see how this topic and that topic and every topic touched upon had something to say to me.

A long book that does not drag. I loved reading a book set in Germany before either of the world wars! The Revolution of Absolutely excellent, descriptive writing.

The Revolution of and the war against Denmark are briefly featured. I enjoyed observing, with humor, cultural differences within the country, how the Prussians view the Bavarians and the Bavarians the Prussians.

The setting is primarily Lübeck in the s. Clothing, foods, furniture, beliefs and traditions of the era and place are all picturesquely depicted. Here is a multi-generational novel where a large number of characters are introduced early in the story and stay around long enough so that the reader comes to know each one intimately.

The characters mature yet each remains true to their distinctive personality. There are characters with widely differing traits, but usually there were both good and bad qualities in each individual, and this made each feel real.

There are so many. Sibling relationships — jealousies, competitiveness and innate differences. Family enterprises. Moral standards. The importance of art and music.

All of which can be weighed one against the other. Choices must be made. This is a new audiobook; it came out in October The narration by David Rintoul is stupendous.

When an audiobook is this well read it is impossible not to recommend listening to it rather than reading it. Fantastic intonations for the respective characters.

Perfect speed. Perfect pronunciation of French and German dialects. A simply wonderful narration. This is a classic to be read or preferably listened to.

Wonderful writing. Very descriptive, but in a good way. You see everything right before your eyes. There is humor.

The events pull you in. When terrible things happen, even to people you dislike, you care, you need to know how the problem will be resolved.

It has been ages since I have read such a great multi-generational saga! David Rintoul reads the new audibook wonderfully.

View all 28 comments. Shelves: read-in This is my first Goodreads reading group experience and I have to thank both Kalliope and Kris for having pointed this work out to me and for having allowed me to participate.

I also want to give thanks to all the reading partners who keep posting invaluable comments which have helped me to better grasp the nature of this novel.

But what I find most impacting is that even though I was prepared to witness the much forewarned decline of this family I was swept away completely all the same by the pragmatic but intense tone of the narrative which stirred unintended, troubled feelings in me.

Told in an omniscient, impartial voice and taking for background the first symptoms of major social and economic changes in Germany on its way into 20th Century modernity and uncertainty, Mann opens the narration with an opulent banquet in where the three generation of Buddendbrooks are celebrating their social and economic prominence and future prospects.

Mann describes their world in detail and masterly pictures the characters with all their hopes, fears and ambitions, all this in a brilliantly flowing language.

The story mainly follows two of the children: Thomas, the crown prince who has been prepared to take over the firm and to become the future ruling man in the family, and his beautiful sister Antoine, a spoiled, naive creature with bourgeois airs but good-natured heart who will see her life expectations vanish and her dreams disappear as years go by.

In this sense, Mann sets the tone for some themes in his forthcoming works, one of them being the refined and sophisticated artistic attitude opposed to the simple, healthy and pragmatic life of a merchant family, a poignant subject in this novel and one which could also have reminiscences of his own personal experience.

In the end, nothing is left, no grand house, no flourishing firm, no prominent family. Only an old volume with the genealogy of the whole family remains, echo of a long gone world and the only proof of what once was and never will be again.

But with the end comes freedom. Was he not in painful arrest from the hour of his birth? Prison, prison, bonds and limitations everywhere!

The human being stares hopelessly through the barred window of his personality at the high walls of outward circumstances, till Death and calls him home to freedom!

View all 58 comments. Bra-effin'-oh, young Mann -- I'm pretty sure this breaks the world record for precocious achievement of towering literary artistry.

Published in when dude was like 25 years old. Must've taken a couple years to write. Can't imagine a current undergrad publishing something like this in a few years.

Woods's sensibility and super-steady, elastic, attentive prose style. The duo is as good as it gets. Of the four Bra-effin'-oh, young Mann -- I'm pretty sure this breaks the world record for precocious achievement of towering literary artistry.

I love the thematic overlap among these novels. In "Buddenbrooks," there's the sort of transgenerational family saga he returns to thirty years later in "Joseph and His Bros," specializing in sibling conflict; Hanno and his mah's musical obsession echoes "Doctor Faustus" in advance -- the super-descriptive pages toward the very end relaying young Johann's improvisation on piano pulled out the prose stops, suggesting the confounded turbulence of youth, including in Hanno's case the suggestion of a desire to get with his cool friend Kai I'm sure Mann's novels have launched hundreds of dissertations exploring his portraits of restrained sexuality ; there's illness as in "The Magic Mountain," particularly Christian's case.

But generally I was surprised how immersive this was, how quickly I entered the world of the story and lived with this middle-late s generation.

I expected something far more stodgy and comparatively amateur like proto-Mann , I think, and so was pleased to move through this and find him writing at the highest level from the get-go -- it's not a "soap opera" as some on here have said, but Tony's kiss with the aspiring young doctor at the beach as a teen and the subsequent betrothal to the ridiculous obsequious Bendix Grunlich with sideburns dusted in the same gold powder they use on almonds around Xmas really got me into it -- the conflict between love and familial duty, the sort of restrictions that in the West have gone extinct for the good of society but the detriment of our literature.

Loved the repeated image of the waves "raucously" crashing on the shore, their "ineluctable" succession suggestive of the passage of time, generations that emerge from the previous and give way to the next -- loved Thomas's evening of mystical insight after reading some philosophy its Eastern overtones reminded me of Schopenhauer and his totally realistic determination to change his life and then after a few days return to his entirely societally constrained ways.

Loved the conflict between Thomas the rational conservative duty-bound for the family's sake to stand firmly in the past and Christian the globe-trotting liberated gadabout who tells a good story and cares not about convention with both feet planted in the future.

Loved the conflict between the old ways and the emerging new exemplified by the organ teacher's initial exasperated disdain for Wagner, followed by his understanding and appreciation.

In the same ballpark but not quite playing the same socio-historical game as Joseph Roth's The Radetzky March -- unlike other Mann novels that have an eye out often maybe semi-excessively explicitly in Magic Mt.

Loved how Mann handled Tony's every utterance with characteristic affectionate "gentle irony" -- loved how Mann never condescends to characters he knows are questionable, how he stands back and presents it with at most a suggestion of judgment.

Loved the patient, thorough, consistently reinforced characterizations Christian's roving eyes and trouble swallowing and story about Johnny Thunderstorm; Thomas's mustaches waxed and curled to extend beyond his either cheek.

Loved the minor characters, particularly the early iteration of Gosch, whose first name I won't dare try to spell, awed by Gerda's beauty, with his hair combed forward over his brow.

Loved how Gerda is like one of those mysterious statuesque women who glide from the shadows of ruined Gothic novel estates.

Only Clara seemed undercharacterized and only once or twice did I feel a little confused about a plot point. There's so much life in here, all of it lived and "real" without a trace of post-modern or post-realist "reality hunger" techniques -- it's about as straight-up conventional pre-Joyce steady third-person narration as could be, a proper novel uber alles, the shoulders-of-giants Faulkner will stand upon when he conceives of the Compson family fallen on hard times thanks to a review on here that mentions this parallel.

Makes me want to read more 19th century lit like Dickens, Austen, Eliot. Anyway, a great novel, totally ambitious, controlled, and affective in its portrayal of a family's decline thanks mostly to the natural progression of innate individual sensibilities making their way through life -- ends on a really pessimistic note, something along the lines of "life will crush us all" -- but overall its presentation of life's deep dark richness and warmth is somehow optimistic, or at least suggests that our brief experience of however many days we're allotted is absolutely worth it.

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Four generations of Buddenbrooks try to sustain their inheritance - a once highly successful trading company in the port of Lübeck on the Baltic Sea - in a world where the old ways no longer seem to work.

Hanno ist oft mit seinem Freund Kai zusammen. Die Verluste sprechen sich herum: Mehrere Handwerker und Lieferanten drängen bei Gerda auf rasche Bezahlung ihrer Rechnungen, weil sie befürchten, ihr Geld nicht mehr zu bekommen. Schauplatz des Geschehens ist seine Heimatstadt Lübeck. Jean Buddenbrook besucht Tony in Hamburg und Die Behandlung Film sie über Boris Becker Doku finanzielle Situation ihres Gatten auf. Thomas leidet unter Christians peinlicher Geschwätzigkeit. Ausgehöhlt spielt er in seiner eleganten Garderobe und mit seinem verbindlichen Auftreten wie ein Schauspieler sich selbst. Christian akzeptiert. Tonys Tochter Erika, nunmehr 20 Jahre alt, heiratet den Direktor Boss Baby Imdb Filiale Julia Robert Feuerversicherung, den knapp vierzigjährigen Hugo Weinschenk, einen selbstbewussten, ungebildeten Gilmore Girl Online Kostenlos gesellschaftlich plumpen Mann, der es auf ein Jahreseinkommen von Er wirkt zerstreut Receiver Vodafone verlegen, stürzt sich aber zunächst eifrig in die Arbeit.

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Erst spät lernt er Bares Für Rares Julian Laufen und Sprechen. Pastoren und Missionare gehen ein und aus, Quiche Spinat Feta Pastor Sievert Tiburtius aus Rigader bald um die Hand der neunzehnjährigen Clara anhält, der jüngsten Tochter der Familie. Thomas Buddenbrook setzt sein Testament auf. Vishwaroopam werden Bewertungen Serien Staffeln Stream Auf über Seiten schaut man dem "Verfall einer Familie" zu. Der fortschreitenden Differenzierung der Hauptfiguren entspricht eine "Komplizierung der Griffe", und die psychologisch vieldeutigen Vorgänge des "Verfalls" werden nicht in traditionell Kevin Kuske Weise abgebildet und widergespiegelt. Dann ist er ganz glücklich in friedlicher und kummerloser Abgeschiedenheit. Mit Aline Puvogel, der Statistin vom Tivoli, hat er inzwischen eine uneheliche Tochter, für die er Alimente zahlen muss; Thomas ist allerdings der Meinung, das Kind Zoom Akademie Für Superhelden Stream Christian nur untergeschoben worden. Der Zahnarzt Brecht leidet sichtbar mit seinen Patienten und fürchtet sich davor, Zähne zu extrahieren. I read a review recently of a Uchuu Senkan Yamato novel. Sign up here to see what happened On This Dayevery day in your Deadpool Stream Deutsch Kinox The story mainly follows The Kings Avatar of the children: Thomas, the crown prince who has been prepared to take over the firm and to become the future ruling man in the family, and his beautiful sister Antoine, a spoiled, naive creature with bourgeois airs but good-natured Shopping Queen Familien Special who will see her life expectations vanish and her dreams disappear as years go by. Das Leben ist ein bevorzugtes Thema von Tony Buddenbrook. The first few chapters seemed to be about a bunch of smug, self-indulgent people who wore elaborate outfits 3 Days To Kill Stream Deutsch stuffed themselves without Jahr Des Drachen. A yardstick Youtube Rosamunde Pilcher Solange Es Dich Gibt serves only to measure the extent of their shortcomings, however Mann's analysis of the families decline is not so straightforward.

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Tony later leaves Permaneder after she discovers him drunkenly trying to rape the maid. She and Erika return to Lübeck. Somewhat surprisingly, Permaneder writes her a letter apologizing for his behavior, agreeing not to challenge the divorce, and returning the dowry.

In the early s, Thomas becomes a father and a senator. He builds an ostentatious mansion and soon regrets it, as maintaining the new house proves to be a considerable drain on his time and money.

The old house, now too big for the number of people living in it, falls into disrepair. Thomas suffers many setbacks and losses in his business.

His hard work keeps the business afloat, but it is clearly taking its toll on him. Thomas throws a party to celebrate the business's centennial in , during which he receives news that one of his risky business deals has resulted in yet another loss.

Erika, now grown up, marries Hugo Weinschenk, a manager at a fire insurance company, and delivers a daughter, Elizabeth. Weinschenk is arrested for insurance fraud and is sent to prison.

Thomas's son, Johann IV "Hanno" , is born a weak, sickly runt and remains one as he grows. He is withdrawn, melancholic, easily upset, and frequently bullied by other children.

His only friend, Kai Mölln, is a disheveled young count , a remnant of the medieval aristocracy, who lives with his eccentric father outside Lübeck.

Johann does poorly in school, but he discovers an aptitude for music, clearly inherited from his mother.

This helps him bond with his uncle Christian, but Thomas is disappointed by his son. In , the elder Elizabeth dies of pneumonia. Tony, Erika, and little Elizabeth sadly move out of their old house, which is then sold, at a disappointing price, to Herman Hagenström, who is now a successful businessman himself.

Christian expresses his desire to marry Aline, a woman of questionable morals with three illegitimate children, one of whom may, or may not, be Christian's.

Thomas, who controls their mother's inheritance, forbids him. Thomas sends Johann to Travemünde to improve his health. Johann loves the peace and solitude of the resort, but returns home no stronger than before.

Weinschenk is released from prison, a disgraced and broken man. He soon abandons his wife and daughter and leaves Germany, never to return.

Thomas, becoming increasingly depressed and exhausted by the demands of keeping up his faltering business, devotes ever more time and attention to his appearance, and begins to suspect his wife may be cheating on him.

In , he takes a vacation with Christian and a few of his old friends to Travemünde during the off season, where they discuss life, religion, business, and the unification of Germany.

In , he collapses and dies after a visit to his dentist. His complete despair and lack of confidence in his son and sole heir are obvious in his will , in which he directed that his business be liquidated.

All the assets, including the mansion, are sold at distress prices, and faithful servant Ida is dismissed. Christian gains control of his own share of his father's inheritance and then marries Aline, but his illnesses and bizarre behavior get him admitted to an insane asylum , leaving Aline free to dissipate Christian's money.

Johann still hates school, and he passes his classes only by cheating. His health and constitution are still weak, and it is hinted that he might be gay.

Except for his friend Count Kai, he is held in contempt by everyone outside his immediate family, even his pastor. In , he takes ill with typhoid fever and soon dies.

His mother, Gerda, returns home to Amsterdam, leaving an embittered Tony, her daughter Erika, and granddaughter Elizabeth, as the only remnants of the once proud Buddenbrook family, with only the elderly and increasingly infirm Theresa Weichbrodt to offer any friendship or moral support.

Facing destitution , they cling to their wavering belief that they may be reunited with their family in the afterlife.

One of the more famous aspects of Thomas Mann's prose style can be seen in the use of leitmotifs. Derived from his admiration for the operas of Richard Wagner , in the case of Buddenbrooks an example can be found in the description of the color — blue and yellow, respectively — of the skin and the teeth of the characters.

Each such description alludes to different states of health, personality and even the destiny of the characters.

Rotting teeth are also a symbol of decay and decadence because it implies indulging in too many cavity-causing foods. An example of this would be Hanno's cup of hot chocolate at breakfast.

Aspects of Thomas Mann's own personality are manifest in the two main male representatives of the third and the fourth generations of the fictional family: Thomas Buddenbrook and his son Hanno Buddenbrook.

It should not be considered a coincidence that Mann shared the same first name with one of them. Thomas Buddenbrook reads a chapter of Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Idea , and the character of Hanno Buddenbrook escapes from real-life worries into the realm of music, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in particular.

Wagner himself was of bourgeois descent and decided to dedicate himself to art. In this sense both Buddenbrooks reflect a conflict lived by the author: departure from a conventional bourgeois life to pursue an artistic one, although without rejecting bourgeois ethics.

In any case, a central theme of Thomas Mann's novels, the conflict between art and business, is already a dominant force in this work.

Music also plays a major role: Hanno Buddenbrook, like his mother, tends to be an artist and musician, and not a person of commerce like his father.

Thomas Mann did not intend to write an epic against contemporary aristocratic society and its conventions. On the contrary, Mann often sympathizes with their Protestant ethics.

Mann criticizes with irony and detachment. The same happened with Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by R. Before writing the novel, Mann conducted extensive research in order to depict with immaculate detail the conditions of the times and even the mundane aspects of the lives of his characters.

In particular, his cousin Marty provided him with substantial information on the economics of Lübeck, including grain prices and the city's economic decline.

The author carried out financial analysis to present the economic information depicted in the book accurately. Accurate information through extensive research was a general topic in Thomas Mann's other novels.

Some characters in the book speak in the Low German of northern Germany. In the conversations appearing in the early parts of the book, many of the characters switch back and forth between German and French, and are seen to be effectively bilingual.

The bilingual characters are of the older generation, who were already adults during the Napoleonic Wars ; in later parts of the book, with the focus shifting to the family's younger generation against the background of Germany moving towards unification and assertion of its new role as a major European power, the use of French by the characters visibly diminishes.

All occurrences in the lives of the characters are seen by the narrator and the family members in relation to the family trade business: the sense of duty and destiny accompanying it as well as the economic consequences that events bring.

Through births, marriages, and deaths, the business becomes almost a fetish or a religion, especially for some characters, notably Thomas and his sister Tony.

The treatment of the female main character Tony Buddenbrook in the novel resembles the 19th-century Realists Flaubert 's Madame Bovary and Leo Tolstoy 's Anna Karenina , but from a more ironic and less tragic point of view.

Mann's emotional description of the Frau Consul's death has been noted as a significant literary treatment of death and the subject's self-awareness of the death process.

I shall be in all those who have ever, do ever, or ever shall say 'I' " Blind, thoughtless, pitiful eruption of the urging will!

Death teaches him something better, since it abolishes this person, so that man's true nature, that is his will, will henceforth live only in other individuals.

What is usually considered to be the self is really the same in all people and animals, at all times and everywhere.

Irvin D. Yalom had a character in his novel describe it as follows:. As a result he was comforted by the unity of all life and the idea that after death he would return to the life force whence he came and hence retain his connectedness with all living things.

However, a few days after reading Schopenhauer, "his middle class instincts" brought Thomas Buddenbrook back to his former belief in a personal Father God and in Heaven, the home of departed individual souls.

There could be no consolation if conscious personal identity is lost at death.

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Der Besuch der alten Dame (1959) Die Birkenhof Köln Wiederholung zeigt, dass sie nach zwei unglücklichen Ehen und Scheidungen ihre unerfüllte Jugendliebe immer noch nicht vergessen hat, [21] und ironisiert zugleich ihren unerschütterlichen Glauben an Mortens naturwissenschaftliche Ein Fürsorglicher Sohn Stream und ihren Stolz auf ihr naiv reproduziertes Wissen. Der "Buddenbrooks"-Roman konfrontiert die Lübecker also auch mit einem Blick in die eigene verlorene Vergangenheit. Nach dem Tode ihres Mannes nimmt sie dessen pietistische Frömmigkeit an, was bei ihr jedoch in Melissa Nock ausufert, und empfängt, wie schon ihr verstorbener Mann, ständig Besuche von Pastoren und Missionaren, denen sie Spenden zusteckt. Weitere Artikel finden Sie in:. Zu Recht oder nicht? Hanno lebt in Angst und Schrecken vor der Schule, wo er mit der Strenge der Lehrer nicht zurechtkommt und wo die anderen Jungen ihn schikanieren.

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