The story concerns the Buddenbrook family and their life as prosperous merchants in Lubeck in the 1800s.
Only near the end of his life does he question the very values he embodies, in a metaphysical exploration very foreign to the rest of his life.
Buddenbrooks is the most autobiographical of Mann's works--and the one that most of all, earned Mann the Nobel Prize for Literature.
If you enjoy family sagas this is a great book. Of course it's a prize-winning effort from the great Mann. It is long but readable and engaging for those who are wary of Mann. Read morePublished 16 days ago by S. Slopes
His insight into the human condition is profound . He won the Nobel Prize for writing it. Dragged in spots.Published 1 month ago by Ultrag10
A terrific read. A long satisfying tale of a family, its rise and fall. Poignant, surprising and fundamentally human. Read morePublished 2 months ago by thomas bumbera
One of the best family Sagas i have read. Great insight to nineteen century Germany & Europe. Story flows and relevant as if written at present.Published 3 months ago by Meir
Themes of this novel are as actual today as they were when Thomas Mann wrote his first masterpiece: decay, decline, money, the arts vs business, life and death, predetermination vs... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andras Cser
Classic exposition of current life- the mark of a prescient, timeless human awareness which far outlasts its contemporary venue. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bernice Anderson
I really enjoy reading this book. In addition to being well written and entertaining it gives me a glimpse into life in 19th century German. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen S Belinne
This is the story of a prosperous German family over a generation with its sucesses and final downfall in the 19th century. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Trish
MANN WON THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR THIS BOOK. IT IS NOT AS GOOD AS SOME OF HIS LATER BOOKS. TOO EPISODIC, MORE LIKE A "HUMAN COMEDY" THAN A FOCUSED NOVEL.Published 7 months ago by CHARLES A. SARNOFF