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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 Da. The Flounder 20th century’s last Nobel Prize in Literature was given to Günter Grass lauded him for his “frolicsome black fables that portray the forgotten face of history” This accolade from the prestigious organization cannot be aptly considered than Günter Grass’ masterpiece “The Flounder”“Frolicsome” yes; “black fable” yes; “portray the forgotten face of history” yes; Flounder as member of the Nobel Committee for Literature maybe I wouldn’t be surprised there’s something fishy about it I’m afraid soHands down this book is the testament of Günter Grass’ genius and indeed he’s on his own as an artistThis is one of the few books that I will have an in depth review and deservedly soI will digress from discussing the specifics for the benefit of the future readers but I will dwell on general impression on some of the highlights of the novelFirst off the premise very interesting As a child with an early addiction to fairytales “The Fisherman and His Wife” is somewhat unappealing to me Both man and wife are fucked up banana peeling the image so unlike the one I imagined of my parents Too grim or Grimm haha for kids in my opinion based from my own childish impression But when applied as a reworking it offers a far better fertile field for growing potatoes than Cinderella or Miss Snow White Why because the fairytale is so episodic and the events as each one escalates are compelling than the charactersThe idea that its epochal the various time phases of the main characters which gave me an impression of vagueness between reincarnation MPD or when Eve was created through Adam’s rib or that other appendage were a uniue reading experience for me Somehow I felt the infinite universal thread that connects us all regardless of sex as the main characters travel through time Mr Grass led me to his imagined universe with Neolithic old and panoramic vista mired of human misery and undoingWhile I was deep in reading this book is so imaginative one can’t help thinking about how difficult this book must have been conceived and written one can only mentally applause the author á la socialist party meetingIn comparison to The Tin Drum I didn’t have a moment that I feel “nah he’s trying to impress now” or “Whoa Suddenly this” like the horse at the beach with Oskar or the demise of Oskar’s mom nor in comparison to Dog Years that I was bruised from concentrating too much just to summit it’s mountain face happy but exhaustedWith the many “cooks” in the novel the most memorable one is Fat Gret I think she embodies femininity regardless of time; she’s appealing albeit an offbeat one; strong and knows what she wants and a “ball biter” Billy was also memorable such a powerful climactic chapter was written about herThe evolution and celebration of food in the novel also grows like a baby for nine months ie from Stone Age elk meat to the “emergency measure” ration of rat soup to Sophie’s famous calf’s head stuffed with mushrooms to the Womenal banuet is sheer geniusThe “Vasco Returns” chapter is my favorite I read it twiceThe narrators the trailblazer of the male cause in the novel was portrayed as very human and varied unlike Illsebill the embodiment of femininity which tends to “typecast” women in the story although history as history had it has it on them the book as wellWhat I love about the novel was that I didn’t have to just rely with his words and sometimes too much of it and trust Mr Flounder That seemingly funny yet powerful line where he claimed or unclaimed to blame him with Napoleon Bonaparte and the lot but that he’s not responsible for the crimes of “that two infamous world leaders” was thought provokingThe major weakness the former moviehouse turned “High long haired Court” with all respectable and powerful women with the lone “husband” was like “C’mon Günter

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Der ButtNzig will arise Like the fish the fisherman is immortal and down through the ages they move together As Grass blends his ingredients in. This book is a fantastic convoluted dark and intensely strange 500 page fairy tale The story perpetually switches between time periods from early neolithic to present and between the female protagonists of each time but once you get the hang of all of the women and the men who are in fact one man conscious of all of his historical reincarnations it is surprisingly easy to read and stay in the flow of the current narrators past and present ramblings and references Essentially this history of patriarchy unfolds in the absurd context of a feminist Women's Tribunal putting the Flounder on trial through which we learn all of the ways that this god fish instructed and aided the male cause to pursue wars and rape and oppression of women etc etc We also get a very detailed history of food and its effect on women and society as all of his female protagonists are cooksI think it would be bold to directly recommend this to friends because it is so very very long and convoluted and slightly perverse but it is definitely one of my new favorite books so if you're up for something strange and compelling it is absolutely worth getting through

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Der Butt characters â 6 ↠ 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 linguisTo a powerful brew he shows himself at the peak of his linguistic inventiveness Translated by Ralph Manheim A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. Magnificent I first read The Flounder in my early twenties and while I was fascinated by the book it mostly baffled me Reading it 25 years later and with the help of the internet I feel I'm at least approaching an understanding of it It's still a mind boggling read but the challenge makes it that much enjoyable I look forward to reading it again in another 20 years