Friday, May 10, 2013

Book Beginnings: The Tin Drum

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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Granted: I'm an inmate in a mental institution; my keeper watches me, scarcely lets me out of sight, for there's a peephole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can't see through blue-eyed types like me.

The Tin Drum by Günter Grass.

I've had a copy of The Tin Drum on my TBR shelf forever, but it daunts me.  The whole notion of German literature daunts me, although I'm of 100% German stock, so I feel I should appreciate it, and I've read hardly any, so don't have a basis for my opinion.

Then I read about the new translation of this Nobel Laureate's classic, and decided to go that route.  My library had an unabridged audio version, so I can read it with my ears.  I figure I can just keep listening, even when I don't get it, like with this opening sentence.  Sometimes you just have to let art flow over you. 

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