Krull's travails, talents, and successes are at times a humorous transposition of those in Grimmelshausen's famous work.
The book had its origins in a fragment published by Mann long before, in 1909, even before Death in Venice, probably his most well known work, at least these days.
He works his way up by recognizing that having a good appearance and a willing attitude more than compensates for lack of experience or ability.
I am amazed that most readers treat this as a finished novel. It is clearly a fragment. Only ten or so pages from the "end", Mann is introducing characters who would have... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tony Covatta
Felix Krull is born into a family of dwindling fortunes. His father - a producer of a terrible champagne - enjoys a hedonistic lifestyle that Felix plans to emulate, and his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by An admirer of Saul
Funny but one must adapt to mittel-Europa kultur of a bygone age in order to enjoy.
The reviewer happens to be an ancient mariner. Thus, adaptation fairly easy
At the outset, I will admit that Thomas Mann is my favorite author. His writings are exceptional and his life's story was remarkable (including escaping the Nazis in WWII and... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by D. Roberts
Felix Krull was born to be an actor...or at the very least a very talented con man. Krull was encouraged to become this type of personality by his godfather, who would enjoy... Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by IRA Ross