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Castorp by Paweł Huelle

SHORTLISTED FOR THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2008 Picking up on a throwaway line in Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain Castorp tells the story of Hans Castorp’s student years in Gdansk long before the adventures in Davos described in Thomas Mann’s novel Pawel Huelle skilfully creates a credible scenario. I love Hans Castorp earnestness I loved the uirky Frau Hildegarde Wybe I could picture the suared away and always appropriate Hans suddenly in very awkward situations The only reason I didn t love the book was that I was looking for something pointedly about the pre WWI stirrings and I didn t pick up on any until the last 20 or so pages Still a really wonderful book

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Polish woman who becomes his obsession Set at the dawn of the twentieth century Castorp faithfully recreates the atmosphere of central Europe as the storm began that would lead to two world wars Beautifully written full of humour mystery and eccentricity this is a moving tribute to a masterpiece of European literatu. For what s basically literary fan fiction the author gets the tone of the magic mountain down and it s entertaining but not much than that

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For this influential period in Hans Castorp’s development imagining what happened when the rational German student was exposed to the Slavonic eastern edge of the Prussian empire He comes across people events and ideas that anticipate some of the encounters he will experience in years to come including an enigmatic. I m always on the look out for the next Who Was David Weiser but thus far I haven t found another Huelle book that uite lives up to my expectations Castorp is meant to be a preuel to Thomas Mann s The Magic Mountain Hans Castorp is a student in Gdansk at the time of this book before his adventures of Mann s novel As I haven t read Mann s book I m not sure what Huelle s lends to it However I saw a review that calls Castorp a work of literary fan fiction which I like and which about sums it up I probably would have feelings for this had I read The Magic Mountain first but when I do eventually get around to reading it I ll be curious to see how the two work side by side if for no other reason than to see how the German original compares to the Polish preuel


About the Author: Paweł Huelle

Paweł Huelle b 10 September 1957 in Gdańsk Poland is a Polish prose writerHuelle studied philology at Gdańsk University and later became a journalist He worked for a time for the press service of Solidarność Solidarity He has also taught literature philosophy and history He was director of the Polish Television in his home town from 1994 to 1999His literary debut came in 1987 with We



10 thoughts on “Castorp by Paweł Huelle

  1. says:

    I have been told by a friend on Facebook and some of her friends that Polish writing is not very good because Polish does not express itself well in the written form English on the other hand so they claim is wonderfully adapted for the written form so English books are far superior I can't argue with them because I can'

  2. says:

    This book is much better than the average rating on Goodreads 35 stars in Jan 18 if you read it the right wayFirst of all it is a preuel to The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann 1924 and it deals with one of the most important fictional characters German literature has Hans Castorp I read this book straight after reading The Magic Mountain and I have to say it was a great experience When you spend a lot of time reading the 1100 pages of Thoma

  3. says:

    I love Hans Castorp earnestness I loved the uirky Frau Hildegarde Wybe I could picture the suared away and always appropriate Hans suddenly in very awkward situations The only reason I didn't love the book was that I was looking for something pointedly about the pre WWI stirrings and I didn't pick up on any until the last 20 or so pages Still a really wonderful book

  4. says:

    Nie polecam Porownania do Czarodziejskiej Gory owszem na miejscu ale lepiej siegnac do Manna Z trudem wymęczyłam do końca A Śpiewaj ogrod

  5. says:

    I'm always on the look out for the next Who Was David Weiser? but thus far I haven't found another Huelle book that uite lives up to my expectations Castorp is meant to be a preuel to Thomas Mann's The Magic Mount

  6. says:

    This is a preuel to The Magic Mountain but a Czech writer who imagines the life of Hans Castorp before he took the train up the Zau

  7. says:

    I love the way Huelle perfectly captures the language and setting of a lot of early modern fiction You could have passed this book off as another Mann the story is based on a minor character from The Magic Mounta

  8. says:

    For what's basically literary fan fiction the author gets the tone of the magic mountain down and it's entertaining but not much tha

  9. says:

    So much was lost during WWI This is a reflection on a culture a city a man See at International Reads' blog about Poland

  10. says:

    no está en papyre

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