Great review of a book that SHOULD be read
There are books that I like, books that I like a lot, and books that kind of slap you upside the head and whisper fiercely in your ear, “Now THIS is a book. THIS is great writing. THIS is how it is done.”
The Tin Drum is still muttering in my ear, for many reasons. It’s when I start muttering back that things get a bit sticky.
It is a delicious example of what we might call magic realism, a first-person narration by what soon becomes apparent is an unreliable narrator, Oskar Matzerath. The book’s first sentence:
Granted: I’m an inmate in a mental institution;
lassoed me in and never stopped enthralling me from then on. Oskar starts off by first telling about his grandmother who wore 4 skirts, one on top of another, all the color of potatoes. She had five, and changed the order of the layers daily…
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