The Flounder

The Flounder

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It all begins in the Stone Age, when a talking fish is caught by a fisherman at the very spot where millennia later Grass's home town, Danzig, will arise. Like the fish, the fisherman is immortal, and down through the ages they move together. As Grass blends his ingredients into a powerful brew, he shows himself at the peak of his linguistic inventiveness. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156319355
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/15/1999
Series: Helen & Kurt Wolff Book
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 1,281,417
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

GÜNTER GRASS (1927–2015), Germany's most celebrated contemporary writer, attained worldwide renown with the publication of his novel The Tin Drum in 1959. A man of remarkable versatility, Grass was a poet, playwright, social critic, graphic artist, and novelist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999.

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The Flounder 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
technodiabla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read about 100 pages so far. I might finish it but I do not feel compelled to right now. The premise of the book is so imaginative and the writing is full of dry wit and cynical dead-on humon about the difference between the sexes. So, it is sad that the book isn't tighter. The story lines and times are intermingled in a ad-hoc rambling way that is somewhat tedious and repetitive. A good editor could take this book, remove 300 pages, and it could be fantastic. It is definitely a book you can put down and pick up again later though, so I might. Interim rating 2.5
Mdshrk1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one is like the anti-Ishmael. A good read, but could have been edited a little more.
markalanlaidlaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contrary to my fellow reviewers this was for me a compelling book and , if i'm honest the only Grass novel I have really relished. Amusing , informative and should be read with a lightly chilled chablis .
judithskiss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book. I found it hard to get into but after trudging through the lengthy exposition, I couldn't put it down.
TheAlternativeOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comparable stories of the battle of the sexes told by an immortal talking flounder, (yes, really) whose subtle guidance to men through the ages leads to the destruction of a once influential matriarchal society and the ascendance of patriarchy.Hmmm, well, almost every review I've seen of this book has some negative critique or another. I, on the other hand, found it a fabulous piece of fiction. This reincarnation creation myth is quite entertaining and serves as Grass' difinitive statement concerning history, feminism and yes, love. I'll leave it up to you to discover the rest.
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