A superior new translation of Mann's 1901 saga about four generations of an affluent German family.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The reissue of Mann's wonderful first novel in a new translation is a cause for rejoicing. In loving, ironic, and sympathetic detail, Mann portrays several generations of a merchant family who belong to the bourgeois aristocracy in Lubeck, tracking them from high point to decline. While the author himself helped Lowe-Porter in the authorized English translation (1938), Woods simply has a better ear for dialog and for smoothing Mann's German syntax into a more naturally flowing English one. He is even so bold as to tackle puns that Lowe-Porter pretended weren't there. Highly recommended.
- Michael T. O'Pecko, Towson State Univ., Md.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Buddenbrooks provides an intimate portrait of a mid-19th century Prussian merchant family. The characters have little self-awareness, but the reader does.Published 8 days ago by Newsyrob
This has to be one of the greatest books I have ever read, which is saying something considering I am including War and Peace is that group. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Bill Hartman
5 stars for the book. But that is in German, not in this silly translation. "Well, now, deuce take it". This is the second line. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Andrew Fulop
This is a fascinating account of the unraveling of a prominent merchant family that I found truly moving and intriguing.Published 2 months ago by Judith A. Parker
This is a long book. It is very descriptive to the point that the first time I was in Lubeck as a visitor I recognized some of it based on this story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward Hetzler
As this wonderfully alive book is reviewed by voices stronger than mine, let me say this. I have re-read it several times and each reading reveals more of the individual... Read morePublished 6 months ago by D
I read Magic Mountain 43 years ago but never tackled Buddenbrooks. When I learned some friends were reading it for reading groups I decided I had postponed too long. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marlie Wasserman
This is an excellent translation that captures, particularly for Americans, all the nuances of Mann's fascination with language, dialects, and how our attitudes towards one another... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer