At first but as the story "PROGRESSED IT BECAME BELIEVABLE AND "it became less believable and Felix Krull the main character and narrator rew up in Germany a child when Felix didn t want to o to school he would pretend to be sick so his parents wouldn t make him o Apparently he was so The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body good at pretending to be sick that he actuallyave himself legitimate symptoms such as a fever I admit that seemed like it was testing the limits of reality but I believed it for the sake of the story Felix s father owned a wine shop and Felix was a young adult his father I had a sudden thought about this book which I had read some time
AGO WHICH WAS HOW CURIOUS IT which was how curious it that a writer s last work was focused on a confidence trickster and his trickery when what is writing but a confidence trick created with the collusion of the reader As a result this is a book about fantasy and invention in which we might be best advised to trust nothing and to believe lessI wondered how far the subject of the book was a confession on the part of the author the Patriarch with bad relations with many of his children the husband with a taste for same sex relationshipsthe non political man who ended up in exile for political reasons all the same we can see the author as one who played at different identities as much as his fictional herosuch anyway were my idle thoughts on my way to a hospital out patient appointment as I wondered if my shirt and underwear would pass muster as Felix s did before the conscription board There are few authors whose works bring me as much pleasure as Thomas Mann This continues to be the case with this all too short and all too incomplete book Mann was working on this when he died in 1955 I m sure this information is out there Mann is significant enough of a literary figure that like Joyce and Eliot and other titans of 20th century literature he is documented almost to the point of exhaustion though I ve yet to run across it I can t help but wondering what Mann intended for this book The Early Years designation would seem to suggest that this was the first entry of some sort of larger series even with this book clocking in at 384 pages it s not clear how long the work was intended to be I mean 384 pages is not necessarily a short book but it feels like Mann is just starting to hit his stride in the last 100 or so pages of the book his prose begins to become much philosophical and poetic as Krull begins to travel and from a narrative perspective it feels like he s barely begun to document Krull s life as a confidence man Krull is barely two months into his travels and just around a year into having left home The potential for expansion and continuation is fairly staggering The book itself ends abruptly though it manages to end on both a humorous beat as well as a nice cliff hanger for the avid reader and all I wanted there at the end was for it to continue to Silver in the Wood go on and as a reader I am sad that it will never be completeIt was only after I read this that I realized it was a continuation of a short story Mann had written once I recognized that I remembered that of all the stories in the Death in Venice collection that Vintage put out the story this is based on was the true standout of the collection In fact it would be a number of years after I read that collection that I would return to Mann as I found myself a bit underwhelmed by most of the stories Itoes absolutely without saying but I ll say it anyways that I am overjoyed that I returned to Mann eventually as his oeuvre is simply stunning I cannot imagine my literary life without himI was worried starting this book that I would not like it as much without Woods as the translator but Mann s writing is as wonderful as ever here Mann himself was too talented of a writer to overly suffer a lesser translation so while this was not as ood as the Woods stuff it is an accomplished enough work that it shines through But the real jewel of the book is the character of Krull himself his narrative voice is a joy to read he is funny witty and observant in a way that manages to disclose an overwhelming amount of details as Mann loves to do while always flowing at a brisk clip This book retains the compulsive readability and feeling of being over much too uickly that Mann s other later works Joseph and His Brothers Doctor Faustus also had and though it never rises to the heights of those later books it should still be considered an essential read for lovers of Mann Sleep soundly Dream of Being and of Life Dream. Stined him to take the reader moves through a world peopled by bizarre characters from the lowest to the highest reaches of European society Chameleon like Krull readily adapts himself to the situation of the moment and so adept in the practices of chicanery does he become that his victims almost seem to count themselves privileged And so it is too with the women who encounter the irresistible Krull for where Krull is the normal laws of human behavior are in suspenseOriginally the character of Felix Krul. In writing Felix Krull I wonder if Thomas Mann was trying to prove that after all his heavy duty works he could still turn out a romantic comedy although not the ordinary kind He s still Thomas Mann Magic Mountain is overshadowed by the inevitable coming of World War I Doktor Faustus directly confronts the evils of World War II Felix Krull takes place in 1895 a time when no one well no one but people like Bertha von Suttner had any inkling of the imminent tragedies of the
20th Century Mann Exercises His Usual Tricks But With A century Mann exercises his usual tricks but with a and a light touch He loves assuming the voice of an eccentric narrator This time it s a first person account by a no account fake maruis but a highly amusing fake who blithely tells his story for the refined and sensitive reader Krull assures us he only writes for a cultivated audience people cut from finer wood as he is himself Like Mann s other novels this one employs lots of teases to hook the reader On page nine Krull every so briefly mentions that he has served time in jail as well as lived in rand hotels And he likes rand hotels better But then he moves on and doesn t explain how he landed in jail though one could easily imagine Krull starts with his childhood and his close relationship to his odfather the painter with the improbable name Schimmelpreester who likes to paint his The Second Cure godson in the nude as well as in outrageous costumes such as a matador outfit a costume that plays a key roll at the end of the novel The refined reader can ignore the implications of this or he can fill in the part of the story that occurs off stage Like Tolstoy whom Mann worshipped the most important scenes are left behind a curtain Felix works his way up starting as an elevator boy in arand hotel then a busboy and hits his stride as a waiter who serves a wealthy and frivolous clientele The main drift of the story is that Felix s schemes work because people want to be fooled So Felix steals a wealthy woman s jewels only to learn that she something of a sadist who loves humiliation would Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities gladlyive him in erotic play His charm and physical attractiveness becomes clear "as people of both sexes offer him propositions Mann has a lot of "people of both sexes offer him propositions Mann has a lot of with aristocratic pretensions as Krull easily assumes the identity of an aristocrat The Sorcerer's Apprentice gets an audience with the king of Portugal and is awarded a medal so he can dress properly decorated for formal occasions One of the jewels of the book is Krull s letter home to the woman who is supposed to be his mother after he switched identities with a real aristocrat who wanted to continue slumming in Paris with a showirl Mother is delighted to receive such a polished and racious and very long letter The fact that her real son could not possibly have written it just doesn t matter to her And she particularly likes his defense of the natural order of society because without beggars how could the upper classes show their sense of charity Aristocrats the wealthy mothers and even academics et skewered Mann himself came across especially to Americans as a professorial type even though he actually failed repeatedly in school and never went to college So I think there is a certain authorial empathy World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi going on here Felix is a fake but he isenuinely interested in hearing the technical details of evolution from a distinguished paleontologist with the wonderful name of Professor KuckuckThey thoroughly enjoy each other s pretentions Well it oes on like this Supposedly an unfinished fragment the novel ends on a high note and really doesn t need any further elaboration Enough said A friend s review of this is reat first half dull second half My review is the exact opposite which suggests that this is just about taste The first half for me was a little too cutesy with the symbolism as Krull discovers how much he enjoys acting impersonating and being praised for his beauty Well done but also for me hampered by the impossibility of doing anything new with the first part of life stories You ll be surprised to learn that Felix has a family there is a crisis he matures and strikes out to start life on his own There is fun to be had with the threefold perspective of young Felix narrating Felix and implied author Mann but to WARNING This book review contains spoilersI would not recommend the book Confessions of Felix Krull by Thomas Mann to anyone I can honestly say it was one of the worst books I have ever readThe book is basically about a pretty boy who Who Is Muhammad Ali? gets everything he wants in life I did enjoy the book. Thomas Mann's final novel recounts the strange and entranced career of theifted swindler Felix Krull through his childhood and early manhood Krull is a man unhampered by moral precepts that overn the conduct of ordinary mortals and this natural lack of scruple coupled with his formidable mental and physical endowments enables him to develop the arts of subterfuge and deception with astonishing success and to rise swiftly from poverty to affluence Following Krull along the shady paths his nature has de. ,
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well when Being and Well Being are in some measure Awhen Being and Well Being are in some measure reconciled A ood night I recently Confessions of Felix Krull Confidence Man The Early Years Thomas Mann s last novel and a comic maste The Great German Picaresue that never was interrupted by Mann s passing at the tender age of 80 Apparently a parody of Goethe s pompous autobio the antihero of Felix Krull is a self regarding poseur in the likeable mould and the comic antics in the novel are sparse making the novel a bildungsroman than a Fieldingesue romp As the novel was part of a proposed epic there are longueurs alore most of which are riveting exchanges on the nature of beauty morality and shiny things aristocrats own The Robin Askwith adaptation filmed in 1978 as Confessions of a Saucy Maruis was one of the finer British sex comedies and no discerning cineaste of softcore will forget the romping scene with Felix and Zouzou played by a young Jane Leeves in the asters of the rear arden without throbs of nostalgia Know that these are three loving stars A Secret Kept given out of respect for what the novel accomplishes even though it s incomplete and most of the time aimless and wanderingConfessions of Felix Krull is Thomas Mann s attempt at the picaresue and Krull is something of a mix between Don uixote and Ignatius J Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces Parts of the novel are laugh out loud funny not aut reaction I ve ever had to a Mann novel I m thinking in particular of a scene that could have been cut from Dunces where Krull a character very much like M Gustave H from Wes Anderson s film The Grand Budapest Hotel that is a character whose sexuality has nothing to do with a desire for men or women both of whom are eually at his disposal but with his erotic appetite for romantic civility is seduced by an older woman a novelist who calls him a slave in bed and wants him to call her a whore imagine Don uixote s reaction to something like this The scene is hilarious because he truly thinks she s chosen him for his social races and charm he s a hotel elevator operator at this pointMann conceived of the book in 1905 published it as a short story in 1911 and attempted a novel the year before he died Imagine how different the Mann of 1954 must have been from the kid who first put Krull to paper That sort of disparity between decades of intellectual and emotional transformation deranges the plot of this novel unfortunately You never really et a rip on the trajectory which can delight a reader if one senses movement toward crisis or conclusion But the many faces of Felix Krull are not as the title would suggest the masks of a confidence man but rather the personas of different actors in different stories whose paths simply refuse to intersect Ultimately I m not sure if it s worth the read unless you re a Mannophile like myself Hence the three loving stars Upon reading Felix Krull I have determined that I do not know as much about nothing as I thought I did Clearly Thomas Mann has much of a rasp on it than me After reading the last lines of this novel I was left with the distinct feeling of just having lost something valuable but not knowing uite what I think that my lost feeling might be attributed to the fact that the writing of Thomas Mann is confounding and at least in the case of Felix Krull is dumbfounding I think that the book is a comment on the arbitrary nature of our identity s superficial reliance upon language or accurately perhaps that our ide Who knew the man who wrote Magic Mountain and Death in Venice might actually have a sense of humor I orginally read this in college while doing a course on Hesse and Mann After many The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World grueling hours pushing complex sentence structures up Magic Mountain this came as uite a shock It was as if it were written by a completely different Mann This is probably the funniest book I ve ever read out of Germany I particularly liked watch. L appeared in a short story Mann wrote in 1911 The story wasn't published until 1936 in the book Stories of Three Decades along with 23 other stories written from 1896 to 1929 the year in which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature Much later he expanded the original story into a novel managing to finish and publish Part 1 The Early Years of the Confessions of Felix Krull toreat public success Due to Mann's death in 1955 the saga of the morally flexible and irresistible con man remains unfinish.