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5.0 von 5 Sternen Translation PLEASE!
John E. Woods' translation is amazing. The Lowe-Porter translations of all of Mann's books are plodding. They also shy away from his interest in things which might have been judged purient in the 1930's-1950's. Mann's deeply hidden homoeroticism is much more on the surface in Woods' great work. I only wish Woods would translate Death in Venice and Joseph and His...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen De Toverberg
Hans Castorp, een jonge kerel die op zoek is naar iets, maar nog niet precies weet wat, besluit in het sanatorium te blijven waar hij oorspronkelijk alleen maar zijn neef ging opzoeken. Zijn 7-jaar lange verblijf biedt de lezer een zicht op de Europese geschiedenis en vormt tevens ook een parodie op die geschiedenis. Met allerlei karakters die ver uiteenlopen en soms...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Translation PLEASE!, 11. Februar 2000
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John E. Woods' translation is amazing. The Lowe-Porter translations of all of Mann's books are plodding. They also shy away from his interest in things which might have been judged purient in the 1930's-1950's. Mann's deeply hidden homoeroticism is much more on the surface in Woods' great work. I only wish Woods would translate Death in Venice and Joseph and His Brothers
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fairy Tale, 14. Februar 2000
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When my book club chose to read Magic Mountain, I had absolutely no idea what it was about. Being a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I guess my interpretation is a bit off the beaten track. After the first couple hundred pages, I thought that perhaps it was a "Haunted House" story, that the sanitorium was exerting some evil influence on the characters. It took me a while to figure out that it was really a fairy tale, one of those stories in which hapless mortals fall into a fairy ring and stay to dance the night away, and afterwards discover that a hundred years have passed in the real world.
Last month my whole family got the flu, and we were all in bed for almost a month. Just as with the folks encamped on Magic Mountain, time just seems to stand still as all attention is focused inward, and the real world and its responsibilities just seem to disappear.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The ONE book for the deserted island, 20. Mai 2000
I was 15 years old when I read Mann's 'Magic Mountain' for the first time. And have gone back to it (or at least re-read certain passages of it) uncounted times since. Years ago I decided it would be the one book to take to the infamous deserted island with me if I had to pick only one book. And although the reasons for this choice have changed since, the choice itself hasn't. Why? Because with 'Magic Mountain' Mann has compiled a huge amount of information (and controversial information, for that matter) and an ecclectic variety of subjects: Mathematics, Medicine, Astronomy, Physics, Politics, Astrology, Psychology, Literature, History, Theatre, you name it. Thus, the story line - actually quite thin and simplistic itself - is merely serving as a bracket to hold this immense collections of man's opinions and knowledge together; and thus, btw, the opinion of one of the Amazon.com reviewers saying that the novel is BORING is rendered completely irrelevant --- boring it can only be to somebody who has no interest whatsoever in Modern Man, his failures and his praises. When I moved from Germany to California, I bought a second edition of the book, in English, in addition to my German one --- because the German one was simply so used that it had started to fall apart...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good stuff, 30. April 1999
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Why not five? Because it touched brilliance but was not sustained. Fascinating ideas but still some ways to developing them into a serious set of questions we can ask ourselves about the world we live in. I am afraid Tolstoy did do a better job on that score in "War and Peace". But for a real example of a great 20th century novel by Mann, read his "Doctor Faustus". Without doubt his most complex and profound work. A near perfect synthesis of art, power, politics and everything else that makes up life.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen De Toverberg, 13. Januar 2000
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Hans Castorp, een jonge kerel die op zoek is naar iets, maar nog niet precies weet wat, besluit in het sanatorium te blijven waar hij oorspronkelijk alleen maar zijn neef ging opzoeken. Zijn 7-jaar lange verblijf biedt de lezer een zicht op de Europese geschiedenis en vormt tevens ook een parodie op die geschiedenis. Met allerlei karakters die ver uiteenlopen en soms ook vervaarlijk dicht in elkaars buurt komen, zal hij uiteindelijk als volwassen uit het boek komen. En breekt WOI uit natuurlijk ...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Perfect Circle of Time, 12. Mai 1999
Probably the best novel I've ever read, Mann seems to consciously (maybe unconsciously, I'll never know) shape a monumental novel in such a way that you just wonder ... how he did it?! I didn't know until page 350 what was the intention of Mann, the sense he wanted to impart upon us. Until everything started to fit into what I call a the roundest, fullest, most complex, best structured novel he ever made. So rational, sensual, mathematical ... lushiously contradictory! Time for Mann
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a few comments on translation, 29. Dezember 1999
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I would have to agree with pfinegan and his or her assessment of The Magic Mountain. I found it to be a challenging, and very rewarding, work.
My only disappointment with H.T. Lowe-Porter's translation relates to her reluctance to translate the conversations that take place in languages other than German. A pivotal 9-page conversation takes place mostly in French, and I was forced to find a second copy of the work in the Woods translation in order to read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen GREAT, 2. November 1998
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This is my all-time favortie novel. The first time I read it, I was overwhelmed by Mann's skill as a writer and how beautifully-crafted the novel is. It was so good, I didn't even want to return it to the library! The symbolism was amazing; I was still noticing things as I reviewed the novel in my head weeks later. "I am much indebted to you for the elucidation" is a great line (one among many!). Not light reading, but a definite masterpiece.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thanks for the reviews, 24. August 1999
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Thanks to all who took the time to explain why they liked this book. I gave up on it after about 200 pages because I just couldn't see it going anywhere, and the setting was hardly inspiring. Why call a book about people who are constantly ailing "The Magic Mountain"? I will give this book another try and wait till I finish before I cast judgment.
I am giving this book 5 stars so that I won't disrupt its high present rating. Peace out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 9. Februar 2000
I was at first very intimidated by this book, but I like challenges so I decided to tough it out and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I was really enjoying it. The debates about progress and religon were very enlightening, as also were Mann's theories about time and space. You must read this book two times though to really get the full benefit of it, I've only read it once but I plan to read it again in the near future.
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